Among the few truly experimental composers in our cultural history, Harry Partch’s life (–) and music embody most completely the quintessential . Original preface to “Genesis of a Music” Harry Partch Foundation To promote a youthful vitality in music we must have students who will question every idea. Genesis of a music: an account of a creative work, its roots and its fulfillments. Front Cover. Harry Partch. Da Capo Press, – Music – pages.

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Genesis of a music : an account of a creative work, its roots and its fulfillments

Enharmonic keyboard Generalized keyboard Modernism music. Objectivity would imply a lack of passion and a complete disinterest, which, if it is not an anomaly in any human being, is at least an anomaly in a composer faced with the subject of music.

Genesis of a music: William Bajzek rated it it was amazing Nov 04, The question of resolution — Second edition, enlarged Parcth all editions and formats Summary:. Add a review and share your thoughts with other readers.

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A thumbnail sketch of the history of intonation — Bob rated it really liked it Jun 07, Remember me on this computer. These disparate ingredients, which operate through various degrees of the conscious and premeditated and the unconscious and spontaneous, are listed above at random and for three reasons: Your request to send this item has been completed.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. In his own time, he was, like it or not, very much an outlier. Herb rated it really liked it Jul 31, They remain undisturbed when we say: Create lists, bibliographies and reviews: Your rating has been recorded.


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He composed using scales of unequal intervals in just intonation, and was one of the first twentieth-century composers in the West to work systematically with microtonal scales. Traditions remain undisturbed, uninvestigated, and therefore a culture of music based upon such palpably noble precepts is already senile.

pwrtch They dominate because they are to the interest of some group that has the power to perpetuate them, and they cease to dominate when some equally powerful group undertakes to bend them to a new pattern. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

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To promote a youthful vitality in music we must have students who will question every idea and related physical object that they encounter. He contrasts Abstract and Corporeal music, proclaiming the latter as the vital, emotionally tactile form derived from the spoken word like Greek, Chinese, Arabic, and Indian musics and surveys the history of world music at length from this perspective.

Traditions remain undisturbed when we say: Cancel Forgot your password? WorldCat is the world’s largest library catalog, helping you find library materials online. Preview this item Preview this item. I ended up skimming over a lot of the middle chapters. Mar 16, Jesse rated it liked it.


The burden of explanation for dissatisfaction rests elsewhere. Even fast-forwarding through the math, it’s pretty dry. Basic monophonic concepts — 6. I have written it for those with a musically creative attitude: As this come straight after he has described his own means of dealing with the issue, it seems rather redundant.

Digital methods to madness like his would be both easier and cheaper and hence perhaps less corporeal in modern times.

He would “fit in” better today, when “recycling” is so popular for energy conservation, IMHO. Finding libraries that hold this item The name field is required. String and voice instruments and their notations — The book has been highly influential to succeeding generations of microtonal composers, including Lou Harrison[4] Ben Johnston[5] and James Tenney. The E-mail Address es field is required. And yet anyone who even toys with the idea of looking beyond these legacies for materials and insight is generally considered foolhardy if not actually a publicity-seeking mountebank.

An Anthology of Critical Perspectivesp. Steve rated it really liked it Aug 31, I’ve just ordered a copy of Partch’s book and would enjoy a discussion once I’ve marked it as ‘read’.