(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.
Musicalics entry features life, commentary on the infrequency of his works being performed, and his individualistic creativity.
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.
R.L. Reid's notes, including information on Partch.
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