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 Lou Harrison

Lou Harrison

Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon, USA
Death 2 Feb 2003 (aged 85)
Lafayette, Tippecanoe County, Indiana, USA
Burial Cremated, Location of ashes is unknown
Memorial ID 7207976 · View Source
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Composer. He was the dean of West Coast classical composers and one of America's most colorful and important musical mavericks. At age 10 he wrote his first piano piece. Harrison represented the last in line of 20th-century American individualist composers. He pioneered world music, and he was amoung the first composers to create all-percussion pieces and to integrate the musical traditions and instruments of Asia and the West. His catalog includes four symphonies, two operas and a long list of ballets, concertos, choral pieces, solo and chamber works. But he is best known for the works that cannot be readily categorized, particularly those intended for an international gamut of percussion instruments. Harrison also taught at San Jose State University and Mills College in Oakland, Ca. He promoted the international language of Esperanto, and he was an outspoken advocate for peace.

Bio by: Steve Edquist ~In Memory Of Aaron & Scrappy~

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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: Steve Edquist ~In Memory Of Aaron & Scrappy~
  • Added: 26 Feb 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7207976
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Lou Harrison (14 May 1917–2 Feb 2003), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7207976, ; Maintained by Find A Grave Cremated, Location of ashes is unknown.