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
The Letter, for intoning voice, kithara, harmonic canon, surrogate kithara, diamond marimba, bass marimba (from "The Wayward") 1943 03:05 Vocal Music
Castor & Pollux, for Partch instruments 1952 15:24 Chamber Music
And on the Seventh Day Petals Fell in Petaluma, for large ensemble of Partch instruments 1963 35:52 Chamber Music
Barstow (from "The Wayward"), for two voices, surrogate kithara, chromelodeon, diamond marimba & boo 1941 09:58 Vocal Music
Studies (2) on Ancient Greek Scales, for harmonic canon & bass marimba (from "Eleven Intrusions") 1946 03:48 Chamber Music
Revelation in the Courthouse Park, opera for voices, large ensemble of traditional & Partch instruments & tape 1959 01:24:37 Opera
The Wayward, cycle or 4 pieces for voices & Partch instruments 1941 41:32 Vocal Music
Daphne of the Dunes (revision of "Windsong"), ballet for Partch instruments and tape recording of Partch instruments 1958 18:28 Ballet
The Bewitched, dance-satire for voices & large ensemble of traditional & Partch instruments 1955 01:15:12 Ballet
The Dreamer That Remains - A Study in Loving, film score for voices, chorus & 15 Partch instruments 1972 10:35 Film Score
By the Rivers of Babylon, for adapted viola & intoning voice, kithara & chromelodeon 1931 03:34 Vocal Music
Ring Around the Moon, for baritone & Partch instruments 1952 09:19 Ballet
U.S. Highball, for voices & Partch instruments (from "The Wayward") 1943 28:46 Vocal Music
Dark Brother, for intoning voice, chromelodeon, adapted viola, kithara & bass marimba 1942 08:38 Vocal Music
Eleven Intrusions, collection for voice, traditional & Partch instruments 1949 22:03 Vocal Music
Yankee Doodle Fantasy, for soprano, tin flutes, tin oboe, flex-a-tones & chromelodeon 1944 03:58 Vocal Music
Ulysses at the Edge, for voice & Partch instruments 1955 06:57 Vocal Music
Even Wild Horses, for baritone & Partch instruments 1949 23:29 Ballet
Water! Water!, intermission for voices, choruses, original & Partch instruments (considered unfinished by Partch) 1961 37:54 Choral
Bless this home, for intoning voice, oboe, adapted viola, kithara, harmonic canon & mazda marimba 1961 03:27 Vocal Music
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