Yale University Library


OHAM: Lou Harrison on Ives


Lou Harrison

With Vivian Perlis

Aptos, CA.

March 24, 1970


Cassette Side a                                                                                                                                 pp. 1-19

First meeting with Ives--making first contact with Ives--childhood background (education, family)--acquaintance and study with Cowell--­beginning of own study in composition--first letter to Ives--Ives sends his music to Harrison--first performance of Ives sonata (specifically, Emerson and Concord) and reaction to--other new performances by various artists--moves to New York City--work with Lester Horton and Melissa Blake Lewitzky--introduced to Peter Yates and wife Frances--Frances Mullen plays entire Concord--return to own composing and work on Ives's manuscripts--partnership with Masselos--work on Ives's manuscripts--study with Schoenberg--influence of Cowell.

Cassette Side b                                                                                                                                pp. 19-36

Preliminary until p. 3--meeting with Radiana Pazmor--concerts for the New Music Society--Ives and opera--working with Masselos--"excavating" Ives's manuscripts--concert with Masselos and Franz Kline at Black Mountain--Wolpe--stay at Black Mountain--publishing own music--work with Cage--composing DoubleMusic--percussion instruments‑Varèse--Cowell's influence with percussion--acquaintance with Varèse--Olive Cowell--Sunday afternoon concerts with the Cowells--teaching at UCLA--work in the dance department--Chinese theatre.

Cassette Side c                                                                                                                                 pp. 37-53


Involvement in Chinese theatre and music at any early age--early record manufacturing--early experience with Indian music--culmination of early influences on his art--suffering in New York--exclusivity vs. inclusivity--working for the Trib--meeting with Minna Lederman and John Cage--meeting with Virgil Thomson--Carl Ruggles and his music--comparison of Ives and Ruggles--meeting Ruggles and wife--introducing Ruggles and Thomson--finishing the "War March"---Ives's reactions to Harrison's editing--Harrison's spiritual vision of Ives--invitation to Ives's for luncheon--going to the luncheon.

Cassette Side d                                                                                                                                pp. 53-74


Continuation of luncheon with Ives--performance of the Third Symphony--with the New York Little Symphony--Bernard Herrmann's complaints about that performance--Harrison's article on Mahler and Ives--"think" pieces for Minna Lederman--copying parts for Third Symphony--conflict with the New York Little Symphony--an acetate of this performance--the success of the Third Symphony--Ives's pleasure at the news of success--the Pulitzer Prize--Ives' gives half the prize to Harrison to help him in his music--Ives's recommendation prize of Harrison to the National Institute of Arts and Letters--work on the Second Sonata and other works--Harrison's breakdown--other artists performing the Third Symphony--the tack piano--Harrison's interest in instruments--collaboration with Bill Colvig--Harrison working on his puppet opera.