Music with Minnesotans: Luther Gerlach

by Steve Staruch, Minnesota Public Radio
November 12, 2013

ST. PAUL, Minn. — This week on Music with Minnesotans, Steve Staruch speaks with Luther Gerlach, a retired cultural anthropologist from the University of Minnesota. Luther and his wife Ursula did field work in Africa in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Their home made recordings of the Digo and the Baluba peoples captured both the exuberance and the spiritual reverence of these Africa tribes. But Beethoven and Purcell are also included in the musical mix.

Traditional African music of the Digo tribe from the personal recorded collection of Luther Gerlach

Beethoven: Egmont Overture, Vienna Philharmonic with conductor, Leonard Bernstein DG 413 778

Traditional African music of the Baluba tribe from the personal recorded collection of Luther Gerlach

Henry Purcell: Trumpet Voluntary from an un-released recording (from the former East Berlin) also included in the personal collection of Luther Gerlach

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