Series 1: Music Manuscripts contains complete
autograph music scores, sketches, revisions and fragments produced by Harrison
during his seventy five years of writing music.
Lou Harrison (1917-2003) is recognized especially for his percussion
music, his work with just intonation tuning systems, and his syntheses of Asian
and Western musics. His compositions have combined instruments from various
cultures and utilized many of his own construction. His style is marked by a
notable melodicism: even his percussion and 12-note works have a decidedly
Property rights reside with the University of California. Literary
rights are retained by the creators of the records and their heirs. For
permission to publish or to reproduce the material, please contact the Head of
Special Collections and Archives.
The collection is open for research.