Beverly's Troubadour Piece : Work information

Composers
Lou Harrison ( Music, Images,)
Performed by
Amy Shulman (Harp), John Schneider (Guitar), Gene Sterling (Percussion)

This work

Work name
Beverly's Troubadour Piece
Work number
n/a
Key
n/a
Genre
A
Composed
1967-01-01 02:00:00

This recording

Label
Bridge
Producer
John Schneider
Engineer
Steve Barker
Recording date
1993-01-01 02:00:00

The Composers

Lou Harrison

Born in Oregon on 14th May 1917, Lou Harrison grew up absorbing a diverse range of musical styles, taking in Cantonese opera, the music of California's Spanish and Mexican inhabitants, Gregorian chants and Indonesian gamelan music.  He studied with Virgil Thomson, Arnold Schoenberg and John Cage, and worked on composing percussive music in his early period.  In the mid-forties, Harrison moved to New York, where he studied early European music.  Here he also worked as music critic at the Herald Tribune, where he championed the work of Charles Ives (when he won a Pulitzer prize, Ives gave half the award to Harrison).

Many cultures are blended in Harrison's music, where western and eastern instruments and styles are blended.  Improvisation and indeterminacy never interested him.

As well as composing and writing criticism, Harrison has been a teacher, a dancer, an animal nurse, firefighter, poet and font designer.

Related composers: Ives, Thomson, Schoenberg, Cage

Track listing

  • 1:34 min