The Bohlen-Pierce Symposium
First symposium on the Bohlen-Pierce scale, Boston, March 7 – 9, 2010
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The recordings of the 1st and 3rd nights are available on Brian Dixon’s website.

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Students from Northeastern University were asked to comment on the Bohlen-Pierce symposium. Here’s what they came up with. Andrew Jegorow

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WGBH Boston had a live feature on the Bohlen-Pierce scale on Monday, March 15 with Psyche Loui and Georg Hajdu as guests to the The Callie Crossley Show. Download the podcast

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Read article in the Boston Globe…

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Download the booklet for the symposium in pdf format.

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Two brand new instruments will be unveiled at the symposium: The Bohlen-Pierce tenor clarinet made by Stephen Fox, Toronto and the Bohlen-Pierce pan flute made by Ulrich Herkenhoff, Munich showcased by Hamburg flutist Arturo Grolimund.

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We are happy and excited to welcome so many accomplished and eminent musicians and researchers, and to have the chance to share music and ideas. The Boston Microtonal Society features many approaches to microtonality in our concerts, as well as in our lectures and workshops—yet the Bohlen-Pierce scale was unknown in our circle until recently. [...]

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Thanks to the support by the Goethe Institute we were able to commission a piece for 4 Bohlen-Pierce clarinets by composer and UCSB professor Clarence Barlow.

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The Bohlen-Pierce scale is a non-standard tuning discovered independently by Heinz Bohlen, John Pierce and Kees van Prooijen in the 1970′s and 80′s