In Praise of Johnny Appleseed (for Dance and Percussion)

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Lou Harrison

General Info

Year: 1942
Duration: c.
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: WarnerBros
Cost: Score and Parts - $0.00   |   Score Only - $0.00



Player I: Pipe claves, wood claves, pipe lengths, bamboo flute
Player II: Sistrums, maracas, marimba, cowbells(5), wooden box
Player III: Tom-toms(5), bass drum, coils(2)

with flute (variable duration)

Program Notes

Online Review

"In Praise of Johnny Appleseed," an original ballet in eight movements for three percussionists and dancers, is at long last available. Although scored as a trio, Harrison suggests that using multiple players on each part is an option. Marimba and vibraphone have been substituted in this version for the original's marimba and handmade flute. Descriptions for the construction of items such as "pipe claves" and "wooden boxes" are provided, along with suggestions for substitutions for instruments such as "sistrums" and "clock coils." The work features an "elastic" formal structure in which performers can order the arrangement of phrases at their discretion. I commend Warner Bros. for making accessible this work by one of the most significant figures in 20th-century percussion music. - John R. Raush, April 2000[1]

Commercial Discography

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Works for Percussion by this Composer

A Tribute to Charon (Passage throught Darkness/Counterdance in Spring) - Percussion Trio
Ariadne - Solo Percussion and Flute acc.
Beverly's Troubadour Piece - Percussion and Harp
Bomba (Harrison) - Percussion Quintet
Canticle No. 1 - Percussion Quintet
Canticle No. 3 - Percussion Quartet; Ocarina; Guitar (6 Players)
Concerto for Organ with Percussion Orchestra - Percussion Octet; Organ, Piano
Concerto for Violin and Percussion Orchestra - Percussion Quintet, Violin
Double Fanfare - Percussion Ensemble 12 - Harrison/Cirone
Double Music - Percussion Quartet - Cage/Harrison
Fifth Simfony - Percussion Quartet
First Concerto - Percussion Duo and Flute
Fugue - Percussion Quartet
In Praise of Johnny Appleseed (for Dance and Percussion) - Percussion Trio; Flute; Dancer
Labyrinth No. 3 - Percussion Ensemble (11)
Orpheus - for the Singer to the Dance - Percussion Ensemble (15); Solo Voice; Chorus
Serenade - Percussion; Guitar
Simfony No. 13 - Percussion Quartet
Suite - Percussion Quintet
Suite No. 1 - Percussion; Guitar
The Drums of Orpheus - from the ballet "Orpheus"
The Song of Queztecoatl - Percussion Quartet

Additional Resources


  1. PAS.ORG Retrieved 06/14/2012