4. Ara Guzelimian: How composers are influenced by place

WHAT’S IN THIS VIDEO: Music is not separate from life. We know where we are, and composers are hardly separate from that. Composers are very much influenced by place. Lou Harrison looked more to Asia rather than Europe. It was a more natural reference point for him. Earlier American composers worked in Europe, wrote in the European tradition. For Harrison, instead of an orchestra being the reference point, it was the gamelan. This point of view helps define the music. You can specifically hear the reference point of place in Harrison’s music. [THIS VIDEO IS 6:41 LONG]