Harrison - Por Gitaro: Suites for Tuned Guitars | Mode MODE195

Harrison - Por Gitaro: Suites for Tuned Guitars

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Label: Mode

Cat No: MODE195

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 26th May 2008

Contents

Works

Harrison
Ditone Set

Harrison
Serenade for Guitar

Harrison
Suite No.1

Harrison
Suite No.2

Harrison
Suite for National Steel Guitar

Harrison
In Honor of the Divine Mister Handel for guitar and gamelan (bonus track)

Artists

John Schneider (guitar)
Just Strings
Erin Barnes (percussion)

Works

Harrison
Ditone Set

Harrison
Serenade for Guitar

Harrison
Suite No.1

Harrison
Suite No.2

Harrison
Suite for National Steel Guitar

Harrison
In Honor of the Divine Mister Handel for guitar and gamelan (bonus track)

Artists

John Schneider (guitar)
Just Strings
Erin Barnes (percussion)

About

Though Lou Harrison rhapsodised about the 'dulcet tones' of the guitar, for much of his career he refused to write for it. The problem was that the guitar's straight, fixed frets resulted in the tuning system known as equal temperament, while Harrison preferred the crystalline purity of harmony found in the types of tuning known as just intonation.

In the 1970s, Harrison learned of a guitar with removable fingerboards, allowing the player to simply swap out fingerboards refretted with different tunings. Energised by this innovation, Harrison completed the first works for just-intoned guitar: the Serenade for Guitar and Optional Percussion in 1978.

In 1981, the guitarist John Schneider met Harrison and played his first arrangements of his harp works for just intonation guitar. With Harrison's authorisation and encouragement, Schneider began adapting some of Harrison's other works into suites.

This is the first complete recording of the reconstructed Suites and of the Ditone Set and the first recording of In Honor of the Divine Mister Handel in the version for guitar and gamelan.

The recordings were made in Harrison's straw bale house in Joshua Tree, California, where the main hall was intended for musical performance.

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