Harry Partch

American composer and inventor. Born 24 June 1901. Died 3 September 1974
Harry Partch
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1901-06-24
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Harry Partch

Harry Partch Biography (Wikipedia)

Harry Partch (June 24, 1901 – September 3, 1974) was an American composer, music theorist, and creator of musical instruments. He composed using scales of unequal intervals in just intonation, and was one of the first 20th-century composers in the West to work systematically with microtonal scales. He built custom-made instruments in these tunings on which to play his compositions, and described his theory and practice in his book Genesis of a Music (1947).

Partch composed with scales dividing the octave into 43 unequal tones derived from the natural harmonic series; these scales allowed for more tones of smaller intervals than in standard Western tuning, which uses twelve equal intervals to the octave. To play his music, Partch built a large number of unique instruments, with such names as the Chromelodeon, the Quadrangularis Reversum, and the Zymo-Xyl. Partch described his music as corporeal, and distinguished it from abstract music, which he perceived as the dominant trend in Western music since the time of Bach. His earliest compositions were small-scale pieces to be intoned to instrumental backing; his later works were large-scale, integrated theater productions in which he expected each of the performers to sing, dance, speak, and play instruments. Ancient Greek theatre and Japanese Noh and kabuki heavily influenced his music theatre.

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Castor And Pollux
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Castor And Pollux
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And On The Seventh Day Petals Fell In Petaluma
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And On The Seventh Day Petals Fell In Petaluma
Harry Partch
Archytas' Enharmonic (Two Studies on Ancient Greek Scales)
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Archytas' Enharmonic (Two Studies on Ancient Greek Scales)
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The Wayward: The Letter
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The Wayward: The Letter

The Wayward: The Letter

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Harry Partch and Musicians
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Cry From Another Darkness
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Cry From Another Darkness
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Two Studies on Ancient Greek Scales
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Two Studies on Ancient Greek Scales
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The Wayward: U.S. Highball
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The Wayward: U.S. Highball

The Wayward: U.S. Highball

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Stephen Kalm
Robert Osborne
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Harry Partch
The Long Departed Lover
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The Long Departed Lover
Harry Partch
Two Studies On Ancient Greek Scales
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Two Studies On Ancient Greek Scales
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Eleven Intrusions I: Study on Olympos' Pentatonic
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Eleven Intrusions I: Study on Olympos' Pentatonic
Harry Partch
Dark Brother
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Dark Brother

Dark Brother

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Scordatura
Harry Partch
Two Psalms
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Two Psalms

Two Psalms

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Scordatura
Harry Partch
Barstow
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Barstow
Harry Partch
Chromelodeon I
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Chromelodeon I
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Act I, Scene 3 - Happy Birthday To You! (Afro-Chinese Minuet)
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Act I, Scene 3 - Happy Birthday To You! (Afro-Chinese Minuet)
Harry Partch
The Bewitched (1955) - II. Scene 1 Three Undergrads Become Transfigured...
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The Bewitched (1955) - II. Scene 1 Three Undergrads Become Transfigured...
Harry Partch
Delusion of the Fury: Arrest, Trial and Judgment (Joy in the Marketplace)
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Delusion of the Fury: Arrest, Trial and Judgment (Joy in the Marketplace)

Delusion of the Fury: Arrest, Trial and Judgment (Joy in the Marketplace)

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Victoria Bond, John Stannard, Paul Bergen, Danlee Mitchell & Ensemble Of Unique
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Harry Partch
Even Wild Horses, Act 3 Scene 2
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Even Wild Horses, Act 3 Scene 2
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Leda and the Swan (from Castor & Pollux)
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Leda and the Swan (from Castor & Pollux)
Harry Partch
Castor & Pollux (A Dance For The Twin Rhythms Of Gemini) (extract)
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Castor & Pollux (A Dance For The Twin Rhythms Of Gemini) (extract)
Harry Partch
Happy Birthday to you! (Even Wild Horses Act 1 Scene 3)
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Happy Birthday to you! (Even Wild Horses Act 1 Scene 3)
Harry Partch
Ring Around the Moon (Second Phase)
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Ring Around the Moon (Second Phase)
Musikfabrik & Harry Partch
And on the Seventh Day Petals Fell in Petaluma
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And on the Seventh Day Petals Fell in Petaluma

And on the Seventh Day Petals Fell in Petaluma

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Musikfabrik & Harry Partch
Freda Schell, The University Of Illinois Musical Ensemble & Harry Partch
The Bewitched - Scene 5
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The Bewitched - Scene 5

The Bewitched - Scene 5

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Freda Schell, The University Of Illinois Musical Ensemble & Harry Partch
Ensemble Of Unique Instruments & Harry Partch
Sanctus An Entr'acte Track
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Sanctus An Entr'acte Track

Sanctus An Entr'acte Track

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Ensemble Of Unique Instruments & Harry Partch
Harry Partch
Ulysses at the Edge (excerpt)
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Ulysses at the Edge (excerpt)
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no.1; Study on Olympos's Pentatonic (from 11 Intrusions)
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no.1; Study on Olympos's Pentatonic (from 11 Intrusions)
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Study on Ancient Greek Scale
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Study on Ancient Greek Scale
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The Dreamer That Remains - A Study In Loving
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The Dreamer That Remains - A Study In Loving
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Ring Around The Moon - Phase 4
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Ring Around The Moon - Phase 4
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Cloud-Chamber Music
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Cloud-Chamber Music
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The Aldermen's Fugue On No, Wanda The Water Witch
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The Aldermen's Fugue On No, Wanda The Water Witch
Harry Partch
The Letter
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The Letter
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Study On Olympos' Pentatonic
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Study On Olympos' Pentatonic
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Before The Cask Of Wine
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Before The Cask Of Wine
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Barstow – Eight Hitchhikers' Inscriptions from a Highway Railing at Barstow, California
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Barstow – Eight Hitchhikers' Inscriptions from a Highway Railing at Barstow, California
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Bewitched
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Bewitched
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Wind Song
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Wind Song
Harry Partch
The Bewitched
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The Bewitched
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Daphne Of The Dunes
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Daphne Of The Dunes
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