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The Music of Lou Harrison

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 88 min
Event Type: Interview and Music Program Origin: KPFA

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Charles Amirkhanian introduces Lou Harrison, who then introduces two of his works. The first is “Solstice”, a ballet written for the Jean Erdman Dance Group and scored for flute, oboe, trumpet, 2 celli, bass, tack piano, and celesta. The second work is a collection of his “Peace Pieces”, recorded on August 17, 1968 at the Cabrillo Music Festival. All the “Peace Pieces” are political protest pieces.

Part 1 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  Solstice (1949-50)
Performers:  members of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra (Solstice)
Robert Hughes, conductor (Solstice)
Genres:  20th Century Classical; Chamber Music
Subject:  Harrison, Lou, 1917-2003; Erdman, Jean; 20th century classical; Instrumental ensembles; Ballets
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Harrison, Lou, 1917-2003; Hughes, Robert, 1933-
Recording Date:  3/29/1971
 
Part 2 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  Peace Piece I -- Peace Piece II [text by Robert Duncan] -- About the Spanish War -- Nova Odo -- Peace Piece III -- A Hatred of the Filthy Bomb [excerpt from Pacifika Rondo] -- Peace Piece I [reprise]
Performers:  Cabrillo Music Festival Orchestra
Gerhard Samuel, conductor
Erik Townsend, tenor
Hidden Valley Music Seminar Chorus
John Waddell, chorus director
Genres:  20th Century Classical; Orchestral Music
Subject:  20th century classical; Orchestral music; Songs (High voice) with chamber orchestra; Choruses, Secular (Mixed voices) with chamber orchestra
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Harrison, Lou, 1917-2003; Duncan, Robert Edward, 1919-1988; Samuel, Gerhard; Townsend, Erik
Recording Date:  3/29/1971
 
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