Two Intrusions


Program Note

1. Study on an Ancient Greek Scale: Olympos’ Pentatonic
2. Study on an Ancient Greek Scale: Archytas’ Enharmonic

Two Studies on Ancient Greek Scales first written as demonstration pieces in 1946 for the newly invented Harmonic Canon when the composer was in residence at University of Wisconsin-Madison. As Intrusions, the addition of obbligato Bass Marimba parts transforms the pair into charming compositions that still manage to retain their expository function while achieving a new level of musical expression wholly missing from the originals.

About Harry Partch

Partch was born in Oakland, California, on June 24, 1901, and spent much of his early years in the American Southwest, where he was exposed to music and sound from…