Lecture Performance by David Moss

Harry Partch: Bitter Music

A wonderful immersion in the experience of Harry Partch.”

—Heiner Goebbels

Harry Partch spent the months between June 1935 and February 1936 as a transient in California, Oregon, and Washington. He was not alone—many spent the Depression years in itinerancy. His journal of those days, entitled Bitter Music, survived his wanderings and provides a rare window into the first 40 years of the innovative composer’s life.

Partch sometimes called Bitter Music one of his musical compositions because of the melodic fragments he included in it. Here, percussion and vocal virtuoso David Moss performs a portion of Partch’s musical text in this hybrid lecture-performance.