The child of former missionaries, composer Harry Partch grew up in a musical family, and at an early age taught himself to play the guitar, harmonium, clarinet, and other instruments. During his early school years in Arizona and New Mexico he had some rudimentary music lessons, which he found unexciting and conventional. He wrote a considerable amount of music as a youth, but set it all afire in a pot-bellied stove around 1930. Partch's intensive studies in music history and intonation led him to reject conventional Western tunings and musical techniques. He devised a 43-note octave, and started adapting and building instruments to perform the new kind of music he was envisioning. Employment was hard to come by in those years, and Partch spent the Depression wandering the United States as a hobo, doing occasional odd jobs. Those ...
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Album Discography

Year Album Label AllMusic Rating User Ratings
The Bewitched, A Dance Satire 1955 The Bewitched, A Dance Satire Composers / CRI
 
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And on the Seventh Day, Petals Fell on Petaluma/The Bewitched: Final Scene And 1964 And on the Seventh Day, Petals Fell on Petaluma/The Bewitched: Final Scene And CRI
 
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Enclosure Two: Harry Partch 1995 Enclosure Two: Harry Partch Innova
 
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Harry Partch: Delusion of the Fury 1999 Harry Partch: Delusion of the Fury Innova
 
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Enclosure 8 2008 Enclosure 8 Innova
 
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Plectra and Percussion Dances-Satyr-Play Music for Dance Theater 2016 Plectra and Percussion Dances-Satyr-Play Music for Dance Theater Jeanne Dielman
 
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Harry Partch: Enclosure, Vol. 3 Harry Partch: Enclosure, Vol. 3 Innova
 
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