Gending

Composed by: Lou Harrison (1917-2003)
Arranged by: Felix Salazar

“Gending” is taken from the suite Varied Trio for violin, piano, and percussion (1987). It is the product of Lou Harrison’s impassioned study of Javanese compositional form. While he was skilled in gamelan, Harrison often adapted traditional music onto Western instruments. The original version of “Gending” incorporates the vibraphone, a mallet instrument similar in texture to the gender. In keeping with the spirit of adaptation, this new arrangement spatially separates the vibraphone among three guitars to produce longer sustains.