Lou Harrison’s Concerto for Violin and Percussion
Lou Harrison –the master American composer whom PCE has championed since 2011– espoused “world music” before there was a name for it. His profound knowledge of non-Western idioms –in particular, of Indonesian gamelan– made him the master musical practitioner of cultural fusion.
The Harrison Violin Concerto may well be the most formidable ever composed by an American. The “orchestra” includes wash tubs, coffee cans, flower pots, and other “junk percussion” that Harrison discovered rummaging with his San Francisco colleague John Cage.
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