Lou Harrison
May 14 , 1917 - Feb 02 , 2003

Lou Harrison was an American composer who studied with Henry Cowell in San Francisco (1934-35) and with Arnold Schoenberg in Los Angeles. During WWII he organized recitals of percussion music on his own and with John Cage, while also working as a florist, record clerk, poet, dancer and dance critic, music copyist (his handwriting is known for its beauty), playwright and builder of instruments. In 1943 he moved to New York, where he was influenced by Virgil Thomson, who became a champion of his works.

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Lou Harrison was an American composer who studied with Henry Cowell in San Francisco (1934-35) and with Arnold Schoenberg in Los Angeles. During WWII he organized recitals of percussion music on his own and with John Cage, while also working as a florist, record clerk, poet, dancer and dance critic, music copyist (his handwriting is known for its beauty), playwright and builder of instruments. In 1943 he moved to New York, where he was influenced by Virgil Thomson, who became a champion of his works.

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