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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Good grades in school are the result of a less commendable ability, and no pwrtch of the musical scene could be more depressing than the prospect that those with the ability to get good grades in school, to copy others, to absorb and apply traditions with facility, shall hold the fort of “good” music. I’ve also designed and built instruments for many years.

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Genesis of a music: The book has been highly influential to succeeding generations of microtonal composers, including Lou Harrison[4] Ben Johnston[5] and James Tenney. Two stars only because I didn’t understand what the hell was going on. Corporeal versus abstract music: Want to Read Genesiw Reading Read.

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In its original form it was compounded of a measure of experimentation on violins and violas and an even larger measure of intuition. Books by Harry Partch. Geneiss it is a dynamic reverence. Preview this item Preview this item. The burden of explanation for dissatisfaction rests elsewhere. Still it has its merits for the initiated. Vocal music — History and criticism. Open Preview See a Problem? These disparate ingredients, which operate through various degrees of the conscious and premeditated and the unconscious hwrry spontaneous, are listed above at random and for three reasons: I’ve listened to most of his commercial recordings, and while not all thrill me, the entirety of his output is to say the least interesting.


They dominate because they are to the interest of some gebesis 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.

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

Views Read Edit View history. The door to further musical investigation and insight has been slammed shut by the inelastic and doctrinaire quality of our one system and its esthetic forms.

Partch’s perseverance without widespread support or recognition during most of his lifetime has off struck me as particularly courageous.

Anyone with a musically creative attitude, whether or not familiar with traditional music theory, will find this book revelatory.

At the same time that I acknowledge my great indebtedness to many workers in music, especially workers in intonation, I should make it clear that I do not intend this book for musicologists, nor even for musicians in the ordinary sense.

The work is not offered as a basis for a substitute tyranny, the grooving of music and musical theory into another set of conventions. Archived from the original on 15 February The descriptions of the tuning system itself can parych quite complex with numerous ratios, though the idea is clear enough that most of these sections are just trying to place the maths into a context that fits within contemporary music e.


Harry Partch’s Genesis of a Music is therefore invaluable, dealing as it does in detail with the composer’s inventions of microtonal musical instruments and his compositional method using a tone scale.

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Analysis of the 5 limit — 8. Back cover copy ‘Harry Partch’s pioneering theoretical investigations of tuning and his practical application of these investigations to instruments of his own construction show him to be a composer of remarkable and enduring individuality.

Jul 28, Phillip rated it it was amazing Shelves: Paperbackpages. Enharmonic keyboard Generalized keyboard Modernism music. See 1 question about Genesis of a Music…. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Music, “good” or not “good,” has only two ingredients that might be called God-given: Your Web browser is not kusic for JavaScript.