(1901-1974) Partch was born in Oakland, California. In his late twenties he decided that Western music was headed in the wrong direction, and set out on a lonely path that led him to different tunings than those commonly in use. Since most contemporary instruments could not play his tunings, he invented and made new instruments. All of his surviving music is written for these instruments, most of which are one of a kind.
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Harry Partch: An American Original
Official Site. Life and works of the iconoclast, theorist, instrument builder, raconteur, big-time crank, and one-time hobo. Entries by friends, coworkers, and associates under the auspices of the Harry Partch Foundation.
Musicalics entry features life, commentary on the infrequency of his works being performed, and his individualistic creativity.
Notes on Microtonal Composition
R.L. Reid's notes, including information on Partch.
Analysis of his compositional style with biographical background from Schott International.
Yale University Press: Harry Partch
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