Sara Haefeli (music) presented at Harry Partch Symposium and Festival in Boston


Contributed by Sara Haefeli

Haefeli presented her research on the relationship between John Cage and Harry Partch during this three-day event, co-sponsored by Northeastern University and the New England Conservatory of Music, September 19-21.


Harry Partch (1901–1974), is best known as a radically individualistic musical experimentalist, an emblematic “American maverick.” Seeking to create a music close to human speech, he found himself “seduced into carpentry” to create an orchestra of unique instruments and a substantial corpus of instrumental, vocal and dramatic works. His 25-year career cut across composition, music theory, and instrument building, and its conscious links to music making outside of Europe have attracted the attention of a diverse following of listeners, musicians and scholars.