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 by Harry Partch

Published August 22nd by Da Capo Press first published Steve rated it really liked it Aug 31, It belongs to those who accept the forms of a past day without scrutinizing them in the light of new and ever-changing technological and sociological situations, in the light of the interests that stand to profit by the status quo, and in the hafry of their own individualities, this time and this place.

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.


Has any of my friends read this Harry Partch classic?

Twenty-four years ago, when I first began groping for answers to problems of intonation, I was a composer. Koven rated it really liked it Jan 17, Musical creators have been, and are, the exponents and the victims of system, philosophy, and attitude, determined for them by textbooks and classrooms, and by the atmosphere in which they grow; in short, by their milieu.

Second edition, enlarged View all editions and formats. CS1 German-language sources de. These two ingredients can be studied and analyzed, but they cannot be changed; they are the comparative constants.

Partch first presents a polemic against both equal temperament and the long history of stagnation in the teaching of music ; according to Alex Rossthis is “the most startling forty-five-page history of music ever written”. We’re featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Please enter your name. Never before in the history of the art has the composer been able to hope for a situation at all similar to that of the visual artist, who paints a picture only once.

These disparate ingredients, which operate through various degrees of the conscious and premeditated and the unconscious and spontaneous, are listed above at random and for three reasons: Would you also like to submit a review for this item?

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

The twenty-eight tonalities — You may send this item to up to five recipients. Quotes from Genesis of a Music. The extent to which an individual can resist being blindly led by tradition is a good measure of his vitality.


Archived from the original on 15 February Equal temperaments — 1. Don’t have an account? Advanced Search Musi a Library. It is addressed to those who are searching for more than intellectual openings into the mysteries of music and intonation.

Having lived mostly in the remote deserts of Arizona and New Mexico with no access to formal training, Partch naturally created theatrical ritualistic works incorporating Indian chants, Japanese kabuki and Noh, Polynesian microtones, Balinese gamelan, Greek tragedy, dance, mime, and sardonic commentary on Hollywood muusic commercial pop music of modern civilization.

Definitions pertaining to intonation — 4.

Readings in Modern Music. Looking for beautiful books? The resources of garry Add a review and share your thoughts with other readers. In poetry and in many other forms of creative expression investigation may take an entirely intellectual and metaphysical path, but in music, because of the very nature of the art, it must also take a physical path. A phalanx of good pianists, good teachers, good composers, and “good” music no more creates a spirit of investigation and a vital age in music than good grades in school create a spirit of investigation and a body of thinking citizens.