Program #1944

The harmonium is a foot-powered reed organ, developed and brought to height of perfection in France, Germany and England during the nineteenth century. During the colonial period, the instrument was adapted by the British for Indian music, mainly used in the accompaniement of Khyal, Thumri and Qawwal. And as we hear on this edition of New Sounds, the instrument has also found a place in works by the Penguin Café Orchestra; Daniel Figgis; Mariana Sadovska; Mieczyslaw Litwinski: Reb Nachman; and Frank London.

PROGRAM # 1944, music for harmonium (First aired on June 21, 2001)





Penguin Café Orchestra

Broadcasting From Home

Music For A Found Harmonium [3:30]

Editions EG #EG 38**.

Daniel Figgis


Peasoup'r [1:30]
My Poor Little House Without Me In It [4:00]

Black Burst #005. Black Burst Rec's, 66 Golborne Rd, London W10 5 PS, UK.

Frank London


Avinu Malkenu [10:00]

Tzadik #7147**

Mariana Sadovska

Songs I Learned In Ukraine

Cycle of Wedding Songs [8:00]

Global Village #819. 212-695-6024 (ph); 695-6025 (fax);

Mieczyslaw Litwinski

Live, WNYC, November 1986

Don't Be Afraid - the Song of Rabbi Nachman [12:00]

Not commercially available.

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

The Day, The Night, The Dawn, The Dusk

Mera Piya Ghar Aaya [7:00]

Shanachie #64032** (

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