Lou Harrison – For Guitar: Por Gitaro, Suites for Guitar

Lou Harrison
For Guitar: Por Gitaro, Suites for Guitar
(Mode 195)

American composer Lou Harrison (1917-2003) passed on a few years ago at 85 and left us an amazing body of work. Mostly known for incororating the music of the Western Pacific rim in his music, Harrison was also a major composer of music for classical guitar in historical temperaments and Just Intonation tuning. Southern California guitarist and microtonal specialist John Schneider continues his survey of Harrisons music with premeire recordings of In Honor of Devine Mr. Handel with the HMC American Gamelan, Serenade and Suite for National Steel Guitar. Also included on this disk are Suite No. 1 & 2 and Ditone Set. For a Twentith Century composer, Harrison was surprisingly melodic for his time – no electronics, minimalism, noise or serialism here. Liner notes by Bill Alves, who also conducted the HMC American Gamelan.

David Beardlsey
August 2008

Originally published in the Downtown Music Gallery Newsletter.

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