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John Harbison

Publisher: AMP

Organum for Paul Fromm (1981)
Associated Music Publishers Inc
Works for 2-6 Players
Sub Category
Percussion Ensemble
Year Composed
4 Minutes
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John Harbison Organum for Paul Fromm (1981)
Composer note:

Oragnum, a greeting prelude for Paul Fromm, was one of a number of compositions commissioned y the University of Chicago to mark Paul Fromm’s seventy fifth birthday. The piece is ceremonial, heard as one simultaneous sculpture in space. All the sounds are choir sounds, and the chords, enclosed within the melody (hence the title Organum) are like smooth surfaces turned to the light – at least so it was meant.

In 1973, when he commissioned me to write Elegiac Songs, for Jan DeGaetani, I followed a dark inward course. In the present instance, offering something in return, I thought about Paul Fromm, his enthusiasm, encouragement and simplicity, and this quiet celebration in bell sounds was the result.

--John Harbison

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