The Bohlen-Pierce Symposium
First symposium on the Bohlen-Pierce scale, Boston, March 7 – 9, 2010
Lectures & Presentations

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Fenway Center

Northeastern University


2:00 PM Registration
2:30 PM Welcome speeches by Boston Microtonal Society, Georg Hajdu, Anthony De Ritis, Richard Boulanger
3:00 PM Heinz Bohlen An early document on a novel scale
3:30 PM Max Mathews The Early History from 1982 to 1988 of John Pierce’s Evolution of his Version of the Bohlen-Pierce Scale.
4:00 PM Clarence Barlow On the Harmonic Rationalization of Pitch Intervals of Known Size
4:45 PM Curtis Roads On Purity
5:15 PM Coffee Break
5:30 PM David Wessel Designing and Performing Spectra Compatible with the Bohlen-Pierce Scale
6:00 PM Psyche Loui From Sounds to Music: Learning the Bohlen-Pierce Scale
6:45 PM Dinner
8:00 PM Concert, Northeastern University Fenway Center more info

Monday, March 8, 2010

Williams Hall

New England Conservatory


1:00 PM Richard Boulanger Strategies and Solutions: Singing, Playing and Discussing Excerpts from my Bohlen-Pierce Compositions
1:45 PM Georg Hajdu Starting Over: Chances Afforded by a New Scale
2:30 PM Paul Erlich Commas, Temperaments, and Scales, with particular attention to the ‘BP diatonic’
3:15 PM Coffee Break & Discussion
3:45 PM Ron Sword Lecture, Demonstration of Bohlen-Pierce Scale Book, B-P Tuning systems, Presentation of 9-string B-P electric guitar and performance
4:30 PM Julia Werntz Boston Microtonality: About the Boston Microtonal Society and the Legacy of Joe Maneri and Ezra Sims
5:15 PM Larry Polansky A Mathematical Model for Optimal Tuning Systems
6:00 PM Discussion
6:45 PM Dinner
8:00 PM Concert, Berklee College of Music Fenway Building, rm F12 more info

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Goethe Institute Boston


1:00 PM Manfred Stahnke The Bohlen-Pierce-Scale in the Context of Just Intonation
1:45 PM Stephen Fox The design and construction of Bohlen-Pierce clarinets and other wind instruments
2:30 PM Elaine Walker Continuing Research on Perception and Performance of Bohlen-Pierce Scale
3:15 PM Todd Harrop Dissonance and the Bohlen-Pierce Clarinet
4:00 PM Coffee Break
4:30 PM Gayle Young cross-current
5:00 PM Johannes Kretz HOQUETUS II for two Bohlen Pierce clarinets and electronics
5:30 PM Arturo Grolimund A New Instrument – A New Scale
6:00 PM Kevin Foster Algebraic Aspects of the Bohlen-Pierce Scale
6:30 PM Discussion
7:00 PM Dinner
8:00 PM Concert, Goethe Institute Boston more info