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By Fredric Lieberman, Leta E. Miller

Lou Harrison, who celebrated his 80th birthday in 1997, has frequently been brought up as one among America's most unusual and influential composers. as well as his prolific musical output, Harrison can be a talented painter, calligrapher, essayist, critic, poet, and instrument-builder. in the course of his lengthy and sundry occupation, he has explored dance, Asian tune, tuning platforms, and common languages, and has actively championed political motives starting from pacifism to homosexual rights. This booklet, in accordance with broad learn and approximately seventy interviews, examines the information that experience formed Harrison's artistic output, as obvious throughout the eyes of the composer and his affiliates. A seventy-minute compact disc integrated with the booklet illustrates in sound a number of elements of the written textual content; so much items are recorded right here for the 1st time.

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