Harry Partch

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Partch was the most original thinker on tuning theory in centuries, as well as an instrument designer and builder extraordinaire.
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Composition Highlights

Title Year Avg. Duration Genre
Barstow (from "The Wayward"), for two voices, surrogate kithara, chromelodeon, diamond marimba & boo 1941 Vocal Music
Castor & Pollux, for Partch instruments 1952 Chamber Music
The Letter, for intoning voice, kithara, harmonic canon, surrogate kithara, diamond marimba, bass marimba (from "The Wayward") 1943 Vocal Music
And on the Seventh Day Petals Fell in Petaluma, for large ensemble of Partch instruments 1963 Chamber Music
Bitter Music, musical excerpts from Partch's diary 1935 Miscellaneous (Classical)
U.S. Highball, for voices & Partch instruments (from "The Wayward") 1943 Vocal Music
Studies (2) on Ancient Greek Scales, for harmonic canon & bass marimba (from "Eleven Intrusions") 1946 Chamber Music
Lyrics (17) by Li Po, for intoning voice & adapted viola 1930 Vocal Music
Even Wild Horses, for baritone & Partch instruments 1949 Ballet
Revelation in the Courthouse Park, opera for voices, large ensemble of traditional & Partch instruments & tape 1959 Opera
Recorded Interviews & Speeches Miscellaneous (Classical)
Ring Around the Moon, for baritone & Partch instruments 1952 Ballet
Eleven Intrusions, collection for voice, traditional & Partch instruments 1949 Vocal Music
Ulysses at the Edge, for voice & Partch instruments 1955 Vocal Music
The Bewitched, dance-satire for voices & large ensemble of traditional & Partch instruments 1955 Ballet
The Wayward, cycle or 4 pieces for voices & Partch instruments 1941 Vocal Music
Windsong, film score (revised as "Daphne of the Dunes") 1958 Film Score
Water! Water!, intermission for voices, choruses, original & Partch instruments (considered unfinished by Partch) 1961 Choral
December, 1942, 3 songs for voice & adapted guitar 1942 Vocal Music
By the Rivers of Babylon, for adapted viola & intoning voice, kithara & chromelodeon 1931 Vocal Music
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