The music of California composer Harry Partch (1901-1974) is genuinely unique, played only on instruments he himself created. My interest has been known to wander in his longer works, but his 17-minute Daphne of the Dunes (1958; rev. 1967) was an aural delight and never outstayed its welcome. I was struck by the similarity of the work’s opening rhythm to the fandango beat in Bernard Herrmann’s title music for Hitchcock’s North by Northwest (1959).
best of today's listening:
- Markus Hinterhauser - Works for Prepared Piano. John Cage: A Room
- Meredith Monk - MONK MIX. Astronaut Anthem
- Thelonious Monk - The Complete 1957 Riverside Recordings. William Henry Monk: Abide with Me
- Pat Metheny - Steve Reich: 1965-1995. Electric Counterpoint