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Classical Classroom, Episode 204: A Peculiar Harry Partch Primer, with John Schneider

A man on a mission to make music do more.

Classical Classroom, Episode 204: A Peculiar Harry Partch Primer, with John Schneider

PARTCH Ensemble, John Schneider, seated center. Photo by Kat Nockels.

Show Notes

Guitarist John Schneider is clearly obsessed. In the best, passionate-music-geek kind of way. And the thing is that the object of his obsession – Harry Partch and his work – just engenders that kind of response in people. It probably comes from the fact that Partch himself who was monomaniacally focused: he was so absorbed with the idea that music should be more than just the traditional twelve notes that he invented new musical notation, new notes, new instruments to play said notes, and new music for those instruments. In this episode, John Schneider of the Grammy award-winning PARTCH Ensemble teaches all about the adventurous life and obsessions of Harry Partch, and talks about the PARTCH Ensemble’s latest release, Sonata Dementia.

Music in this episode:

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