Patria Patria (homeland) is the title of a cycle of music dramas that Canadian composer R. Murray Schafer has been creating over the past forty years. At the present time, ten parts of this monumental undertaking have been performed and published. Further works are in various states of creation, but enough has already been presented to reveal the series as among the most radical and challenging works to be produced within the past half century.

"There is nothing like Patria in the history of Canadian musical theatre, either in ambition, scope or mythmaking potency"

William Littler, Toronto Star September 16, 2002

Here is an overview with a brief description of each work.
Arcana Editions

Online catalogue of scores books & recordings
Patria Music/Theatre Projects




There were two days of performance of R. Murray Schafer's Patria 7, ASTERION, on August 10 & 11, 2013

We are sorry if you did not get the opportunity to experience this event and we hope that it can be presented again in the future. Thanks to everyone for your support and encouragement over the past ten years.

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The Asterion Lecture

(a talk given by Jerrard at the TransCanada Institute - University of Guelph)


The Patria Board

Patria Music/Theatre Projects is looking to expand and strengthen the Board in order to continue presenting R. Murray Schafer's music dramas. Any individuals or companies interested in either joining the Patria Board or discussing further the possibility of taking on the management of Asterion should contact Patria.

For 40 years, [Murray Schafer] has been writing a huge cycle of 12 music-theater works, collectively titled "Patria." Larger than Wagner's "Ring" cycle or Karlheinz Stockhausen's "Licht," this cycle challenges the boundaries of both music and theater. 
Colin Eatock New York Times August 27, 2005

The most wildly imaginative and physically ambitious series of music theatre works in the history of the Canadian stage.

William Littler, Toronto Star


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