Friday, June 24, 2011

Composer June Anniversaries

Today is the anniversary of Harry Partch's birth. Born in 1901, Partch was an American composer and instrument creator. He was one of the first twentieth-century composers to work extensively and systematically with microtonal scales, writing much of his music for custom-made instruments that he built himself, tuned in 11-limit (43-tone) just intonation.
Here is a spoof that mentions an upcoming Harry Partch product:

Today is also the birthday of Terry Riley, who turns 76. An American composer, Riley is intrinsically associated with and a pioneer of the minimalist school of Western classical music. We love his "In C":

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