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Harry Partch: Seduced into carpentry

Harry Partch's Harmonic Canon IIWikimedia Commons, Harry Partch Museum

May 16, 2022

Composer Harry Partch built one-of-a-kind instruments based on his own tuning systems. He described himself as "a philosophic music man seduced into carpentry." We'll hear music by Harry Partch arranged for string quartet on this episode of Performance Today.

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Samuel Barber: Souvenirs: Two-Step and Galop
Oregon Symphony | Carlos Kalmar, conductor
Album: Aspects of America
Pentatone 727

Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 6 in A Minor 'Tragic': Movements 2-3
Oregon Symphony | Carlos Kalmar, conductor
Oregon Symphony, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Portland, OR

Harry Partch, arr. Ben Johnston: Two Studies on Ancient Greek Scales
Momenta String Quartet
Momenta Festival, Americas Society, New York, NY

Joseph Haydn: Trio in G major, Hob. XV:25
Horszowski Trio
Spivey Hall, Clayton State University, Morrow, GAe, WY

Hour 2

Somei Satoh: Bifu
Hilary Hahn, violin | Cory Smythe, piano
Album: In 27 Pieces: The Hilary Hahn Encores
DG 19103

Anthony Barfield: Red Sky
Colin Williams, trombone | Hanako Yamagata Greenberg, piano
Cutting Edge Concerts New Music Festival, Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theater at Symphony Space, New York, NY

Johann Nepomuk Hummel: Piano Sonata in F minor
Anton Nel, piano
Seattle Chamber Music Society, The Center for Chamber Music, Seattle, WA

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major, K. 219: Movement 3: Rondeau
Hilary Hahn, violin | Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra | Donald Runnicles, conductor
Grand Teton Music Festival, Walk Festival Hall, Jackson Hole, WY