Harry Parche, Parche Ensemble, Grammy Award discussed on Classical Classroom


Different. Hello everyone and welcome to the classical classroom classroom. I'm your host station here with me is John Schneider. John is the Music Director of the Parche Ensemble that on Samba just released Sonata dementia their third volume of music by composer Harry Parche volume one earned a grammy nomination in volume two won a grammy award for best classical compendium and was also nominated. I needed for best chamber music performance by the Grammy People John Welcome. Thank you so I WanNa talk just briefly for our listeners who don't know about who ooh Harry Parche was in his kind of musical legacy is go forward. I would love to hear your take on well. I mean I wanNA hear your. You're the expert uh-huh okay. I'll go sounds good. I feel like that's the appropriate way to go. So Harry. Parche was so a composer performer theorist show and all of the above he was born in nineteen o one died in one thousand nine hundred seventy four and when he was in his late teens he discovered a book called the sensations of tone by a German physicist he adjusts of entered college and realized is that he wasn't getting what he needed so he started educating himself out of a library books and he found out that there actually is another another way of listening to music talking about music that we can hear a lot more notes than he could find on his piano and he found out the the the the physics behind it the whole theory behind it and started building musical instruments basically he started because the human voice as you can tell right now. I'm not singing in and scales otherwise this would sound like an opera or regular talking voice slides up and goes down and he wanted to figure out a way to capture that as a composer composure so he could reproduce it so he ended up eventually coming. I'd creating an a scale with forty three notes to the octave. Now we normally on a piano have twelve and forty. Three's not bad. He got really angry later on he says no no forty. Three's totally arbitrary. It's it's a quarter part of a half truth truth. Ikea you can hear thousands of just forty three because that's how many I wanted to make on my instruments and by the time he died heavens he he had made over over thirty customer musical instruments that could play the scale of forty-three notes per octave and more when he needed to wow. What kind of instruments tournaments are we talking about. I know I know that you know in the in the new music tradition like with the John Cage and people are things like the prepared haired piano where things are serve inserted into the piano to make it sound a little bit different intake to get some different sounds out of it but you're talking about whole new instruments intruments yes and no and it's fascinating you should bring up cage because his first instruments purchase. I instruments. He called adapted musical instruments. His I wasn't adapted field which is basically a viola but he got a little crazy and had a violin maker. Put a cello neck and fingerboard on it so the strings were long and that became his his first instrument.

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