Episode #2376

American Eccentrics

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Saturday, January 06, 2007

There's music from American eccentric Harry Partch, who among other things, was a composer, instrument-maker, musical dramatist, sometime hobo, piano teacher, and grape-picker. On this New Sounds, we’ll hear a work that fused Partch’s instrument building and composing - “And on the Seventh Day Petals Fell in Petaluma.” It's just full of complex textures and radical rhythms created by overlaying thirty-four one-minute instrumental verses, in combinations of duets, trios, and quartets, up to a concluding septet. Also, listen to "serious" orchestral music by the late guitarist, innovator, and American iconoclast Frank Zappa. Hear selections from a recent release of his music by the Ensemble Modern, the German new-music group that Zappa worked with late in life. Plus, there’s the strange and twisted sounds of Henry Kaiser’s re-invention of Stephen Foster’s song, “Autumn Waltz,” and music by La Monte Young, among others.

PROGRAM #2376, American Eccentrics (First aired on Feb. 14, 2005)





Various Artists

Beautiful Dreamer, The Songs Of Stephen Foster

Henry Kaiser: Autumn Waltz [3:00]

American Roots Publishing #591594** *

Harry Partch

The Harry Partch Collection, Vol. 2

And On the Seventh Day, Petals Fell in Petaluma, excerpt [16:00]

New World #80622** *

Ensemble Modern plays Frank Zappa

Greggery Peccary & Other Persuasions

A Pig With Wings [4:30]
Naval Aviation In Art [2:30]
Revised Music For Low Budget Orchestra [7:30]

BMG #59842***

La Monte Young

The Second Dream of the High-Tension Line Stepdown Transformer from the Four Dreams of China

90 xii 9, The Second Dream, excerpt [12:00]

Gramavision #79467 Out of print. Info and discography at:

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