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Author Partch, Harry, 1901-1974.

Title Genesis of a music; an account of a creative work, its roots and its fulfillments.

Published New York : Da Capo Press, 1974.


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 UniM Southbank  780.924 Par    AVAILABLE
 UniM Southbank  780.924 Par    AVAILABLE
Edition 2d ed., enl.
Physical description xxv, 517 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Bibliography "Bibliography on Harry Partch": pages 475-483.
Bibliography: pages 495-499.
Contents Part 1 Corporeal versus Abstract Music -- Chapter 1 From Emperor Chun to the Vacant Lot 3 -- Chapter 2 American Musical Tendencies 48 -- Part 2 An Introduction to Intonation -- Chapter 3 Definitions Pertaining to Intonation 67 -- Chapter 4 Language of Ratios 76 -- Chapter 5 Basic Monophonic Concepts 86 -- Chapter 6 Instruments for Demonstration 95 -- Part 3 Resources of Monophony -- Chapter 7 Analysis of the 5 Limit 109 -- Chapter 8 Application of the 11 Limit 119 -- Chapter 9 One-Footed Bride 138 -- Chapter 10 Twenty-Eight Tonalities 158 -- Chapter 11 Question of Resolution 181 -- Chapter 12 String and Voice Instruments and Their Notations 195 -- Chapter 13 Percussion Instruments and Their Notations 259 -- Chapter 14 Backgrounds of Six Major Works 320 -- Part 4 Intonations: Historic, Implied, Proposed -- Chapter 15 A Thumbnail Sketch of the History of Intonation 361 -- Chapter 16 Pythagoreanism 398 -- Chapter 17 Equal Temperaments 407 -- Chapter 18 Just Intonations 440 -- Appendix I Cents Values of Intervals 461 -- Appendix II Tonality Relationships and Common Tones 464 -- Appendix III Music--Theatre Works--Major Performances 468 -- Appendix IV Bibliography on Harry Partch 475 -- Appendix V Recordings and Films 484.
Summary Among the few truly experimental composers in our cultural history, Harry Partch's life (1901-1974) and music embody most completely the quintessential American rootlessness, isolation, pre-civilized cult of experience, and dichotomy of practical invention and transcendental visions. Having lived mostly in the remote deserts of Arizona and New Mexico with no access to formal musical 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 and commercial pop music of modern civilization. First published in 1949, Genesis of a Music is the manifesto of Partch's radical compositional practice and instruments which owe nothing to the 300-year old European tradition of Western music. He contrasts Abstract and Corporeal music, proclaiming the latter as the vital, emotionally tactile form derived from the spoken word (like Greek, Chinese, Arabic, and Indian musics) and surveys the history of world music at length from this perspective. Parts II, III, and IV explain Partch's theories of scales, intonation, and instrument construction with copious acoustical and mathematical documentation. Anyone with a musically creative attitude, whether or not familiar with traditional music theory, will find this book revelatory.
Subject Vocal music -- History and criticism.
Musical intervals and scales.
Musical instruments.
Musical temperament.
ISBN 030671597X
030680106x (paperback)