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By Fredric Lieberman, Leta E. Miller

Lou Harrison, who celebrated his 80th birthday in 1997, has frequently been pointed out as one in all America's most unique and influential composers. as well as his prolific musical output, Harrison is additionally 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 structures, and common languages, and has actively championed political factors starting from pacifism to homosexual rights. This e-book, in line with wide learn and approximately seventy interviews, examines the tips that experience formed Harrison's inventive output, as visible in the course of the eyes of the composer and his affiliates. A seventy-minute compact disc incorporated with the publication illustrates in sound a variety of elements of the written textual content; so much items are recorded the following for the 1st time.

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