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Harris Roy (1898-1979)

Biography of Harris Roy:

Roy Harris (1898-1979) was initially self-taught and eventually became a student in Paris of Nadia Boulanger in the later 1920s. He is best-known for his symphonies (although not all are numbered, he composed about 18 works to which he gave the title ‘symphony’), the Third of which series took his name into the concert halls of the world. His American roots proved to be a strong influence on his music - especially in his lighter orchestral pieces. His Fourth Symphony is titled Folk-song Symphony (for chorus and orchestra), which appeared in 1942 as one of the folk-inspired works Harris wrote during the early days of the involvement of the United States in World War II. This little-known orchestral movement Folk Rhythms of Today is scored for strings and percussion, the ‘rhythms’ being unmistakeably 20th-century (as, also, are the ‘folk’).

CD's with Harris Roy
Leopold Stokowski - NBC Pops, 1942-1944

ArtNr. GHCD 2361

Leopold Stokowski - Stravinsky, Hindemith, Hartmann, Hanson, Harris, Hovhaness

ArtNr. GHCD 2379/80

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