In Boston this week? Go to the Harry Partch Synopsium at the NEC & NEU for FREE!
Plus, I’ll be there…
(Via Boston Globe)
Read in full here.
Harry Partch (1901-74), the startlingly original American composer who will be the focus of a rare three-day festival this week, devoted himself to that art of subtle tones, and to living beyond the safe cathedral.
He was an inventor of scales and of instruments, an emancipator of consonance, a lively wit who trained his critical intelligence on what he viewed as the stale conventions not just of the compositional craft but of classical music culture itself.
That’s also what makes this week’s festival, co-presented by New England Conservatory and Northeastern University, such a noteworthy event. Under the custodianship of the composer Dean Drummond, Partch’s instruments will be trucked to Boston for the occasion, enabling the first local performance of this music in many years, possibly its first ever.
Full Schedule HERE