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Among the few truly experimental composers in our cultural history, Harry Partch’s life (–) and music embody most completely the quintessential . Original preface to “Genesis of a Music” Harry Partch Foundation To promote a youthful vitality in music we must have students who will question every idea. Genesis of a music: an account of a creative work, its roots and its fulfillments. Front Cover. Harry Partch. Da Capo Press, – Music – pages.

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Genesis of a music : an account of a creative work, its roots and its fulfillments

May 27, David Toub rated it it was amazing. Paperbackpages. The door to further musical investigation and insight has been slammed shut by the inelastic and doctrinaire quality of our one system and its esthetic forms. For purposes of presentation the subject matter falls naturally into two divisions: Still it aprtch its merits for the initiated.

Genesis of a Music by Harry Partch

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In poetry and in many other forms of creative expression investigation may take an entirely intellectual and metaphysical path, but gennesis music, because of the very nature of the art, it must also take a physical path.

This is not to say that my attitude toward this work is objective. These two ingredients can be studied and analyzed, but they cannot be changed; they are the comparative constants.


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I’ve just ordered a copy of Partch’s book and would enjoy a discussion once I’ve marked it as ‘read’. However, though I’m well-versed in mathematics, my grasp of formal music theory– or maybe my lack of imagination– was not enough for me to connect the dots and figure out how his math was used in creating new hary and such.

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The word Monophony applies to both music and intonation, for reasons that will become evident in due course. The creative individual, in developing the man-made ingredients and in examining the God-given, finds the way to a special kind of truth.

Genesis Of A Music : An Account Of A Creative Work, Its Roots, And Its Fulfillments, Second Edition

The backgrounds of six major works. Matt rated it really liked it Jan 24, First published inGenesis of a Music is the manifesto of Partch’s radical compositional practice and instruments which owe nothing to the year-old European tradition of Western music.

Criticism, interpretation, etc Additional Physical Format: And while that’s cool, that’s kind of like a painter spending a book writing about how he gets his pigments. Please enter the message.

I am still a composer, and my every musical act has been geared to that premise. Genesis of a Music by Harry Partch. He composed using scales of unequal intervals in just intonation, and was one of the first twentieth-century composers in the West to work systematically with microtonal scales. Two stars only because I didn’t understand what the hell was going on.

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About Harry Partch Harry Partch was an American composer, music theorist, and creator of musical instruments. Consequently, what the book contains of history and comparative analyses is presented to clarify the bases of present-day practice and of possible expansion in the future, and not as a basic factor in the evolution of this theory and its application, except in the most general sense.

Good grades in school are the result of a less commendable ability, and no aspect of the musical scene could be more depressing than the prospect that those with the ability to get good grades in school, to copy others, to absorb and apply traditions with facility, shall hold the fort of “good” music.

Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. Basic monophonic concepts — 6. You may have already requested this item. Among the few truly experimental composers in our cultural history, Harry Partch’s life — and music embody most completely the quintessential American rootlessness, isolation, pre-civilized cult of experience, and dichotomy of practical invention and transcendental visions.

Herb rated it really liked it Jul 31, The question of pargch — Some features of WorldCat will not be available. They remain undisturbed when we say: