Harry Partch Estate Archive, 1918-1991 | The Sousa Archives and Center for American Music

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Title: Harry Partch Estate Archive, 1918-1991Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

ID: 12/5/45

Primary Creator: Partch, Harry (1901-1974)

Extent: 6.5 cubic feet

Arrangement: Organized into four series: 1.) Writings. 2.) Personal Papers. 3.) Music Score Manuscripts. Whenever possible an identification of the format of the music for each title (i.e., full score, condensed score, piano score, and parts) has been noted with the following corresponding abbreviations: FS, CS, PS, P. 4.) Films, Tapes, Photographs. Each series, except for 3, is arranged alphabetically by folder title.

Date Acquired: 04/01/2008. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Films, Instrumental music, Manuscripts, Music Composition, Photographs

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Consists of Harry Partch's personal papers, musical scores, films, tapes and photographs documenting his career as a composer, writer, and producer. Of special note are the scrapbooks in series 2 that contain newspaper and magazine articles about Partch and his music.

Biographical Note

Born in Oakland, CA in 1901, Harry Partch was an American composer, theorist, instrument designer and performer. He is best known for the work he did with just temperment: developing a 43 tone octave scale, writing pieces to showcase it, and building instruments upon which it could be played.?  His musical knowledge was largely self-taught and his interest in intonation emerged out of microtonal experimentation conducted on string instruments. Many of his thoughts on the matter are outlined in his 1947 treatise, Genesis of a Music.

By the early 1950s, he had established the Gate 5 Ensemble and record label and begun a musical partnership with fellow composer Ben Johnston that would take him to the University of Illinois in 1956, where Johnston was then teaching. While at Illinois, Partch premiered his large stage work, The Bewitched, as part of the Festival of Contemporary Arts and also composed and had performed the stage works Revelation in the Courthouse Park and Water! Water! He returned to California in 1962 where he completed his last project, the text and music for a film, The Dreamer that Remains before his death in 1974.

Subject/Index Terms

Films
Instrumental music
Manuscripts
Music Composition
Photographs

Administrative Information

Repository: The Sousa Archives and Center for American Music

Accruals: First donation came in December 29, 1992 directly from Danlee Mitchell. Second accrual in April 2008 came from Mitchell as well.

Acquisition Source: Danlee Mitchell, Harry Partch Foundation, San Diego

Acquisition Method: Donation

Related Materials:

Jaen Cutler Theatrical Films, Audio Recordings and Papers, Sousa Archives and Center for American Music

Kenneth Gaburo Papers, University of Illinois Archives


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Writings],
[Series 2: Personal Papers],
[Series 3: Music Score Manuscripts],
[Series 4: Films, Tapes, Photographs],
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Series 1: WritingsAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 1: Writings on musical compositionAdd to your cart.
Contains Partch's writings about his musical compositions, both completed and projected or unfinished. The texts comprise scenarios, scripts or librettos, outlines, and statements for concert programs, record booklets, or record liner notes. These are primarily written materials, but a few musical sketches relating to a work are included as appropriate. Some items have been published in Harry Partch, Bitter Music: Collected Journals, Essays, Introductions, and Librettos, ed. Thomas McGeary (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1991), and in facsimile in Enclosures 3, ed. Philip Blackburn (Minnesota Composers Forum, Minneapolis). Folders are designated by a convenient short title. For full descriptions of each work and the versions referred to, see Thomas McGeary's, The Music of Harry Partch: A Descriptive Catalogue. I.S.A.M monograph no. 31 (1991).
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: "Barstow" Harmonization, undatedAdd to your cart.
Harmonization of text of "Barstow", pencil on two leaves
Folder 2: Bewitched (1955 version) (I), 1955Add to your cart.
The Bewitched--A Ballet Satire-- introduction, outline and imaginary dialogue for dancers/actors. Numerals in boxes seem cued to rehearsal numbers in score. 21 carbon typescript pages; with some pencil additions
Folder 3: Bewitched (1955 version) (II), 1955Add to your cart.
Carbon typescript, 20 pages, "Marin City, California", introduction and scenarios of 10 scenes; this is a set of carbons of text that was used for Bewitched, 1956, Version 2 (see Box 1, Folder 5)
Folder 4: Bewitched (1956 version) (I), 1956Add to your cart.
"Statement on the Bewitched Program Notes", Champaign, Ill. two typescript pages
Folder 5: Bewitched (1956 version) (II), 1956Add to your cart.
"Some New and Old Thoughts Before and After The Bewitched", endorsed by Partch 1958; 33 typescript pages with pencil additions
Folder 6: Bewitched (1956 version) (III), 1956Add to your cart.
The Bewitched: A Dance Satire by Harry Partch, blue ditto copy, 7 pages, argument, prologue and scenarios of 10 scenes and epilogue
Folder 7: Bewitched (1956 version) (IV), 1956Add to your cart.
Introduction and scenario, two parts intended as one complete text: (1) The Bewitched; carbon typescript with "Introduction" and "On the Dancing", followed by scene scenarios (breaks off incomplete in the midst of scene 1), paginated 1-3 with pencil additions and revisions, Marin City, California, undated; (2) continuation begins with "Prologue" and continues with scenarios for the 10 scenes (without "Epilogue"); carbon typescript with pencil additions and revisions. The beginning pages of this group seem to be an expansion of the introduction: it is paginated in ink 4-6, then there is typescript p. 4 (whose text continues part (1); typescript pages 4-20 are renumbered in ink 7-23, in this text, the 1955 scene titles have been altered in pencil to those of the 1956 version, with original typescript of pages 1-3.
Folder 8: Bewitched (1956 version) (V), 1956Add to your cart.
The Bewitched: A Dance Satire by Harry Partch, two-page black-stencil copy of program or record notes
Folder 9: Bewitched (1956 version) (VI), ca. 1959Add to your cart.
The Bewitched: A Dance Satire by Harry Partch, text for program notes (production in 1959), typescript carbon, 4 pages, "Statement", cast, scenario, and scene titles
Folder 10: Bewitched (1956 version) (VII), 1957Add to your cart.
8-page booklet (text reprinted from the program of first performance, March 26, 1957) accompanying Gate 5 Records issue of Bewitched, contains "Argument" and scene scenarios; with pencil annotations and additions
Folder 11: "Delusion" - recording (I), 1969Add to your cart.
Two sets of timings of recording session takes: (1) one 6-page photocopy, (2) one 2-page set in blue felt-tip pen
Folder 12: "Delusion" - recording (II), ca. 1969Add to your cart.
Two sets of editing notes: (1) 4-pages of typescript (Sent to John McClure?); and (2) 10-page pencil set (apparently retyped as set 1)
Folder 13: "Delusion" - synopses (I), 1964Add to your cart.
Contains: (1) "Cry from Another Darkness" synopsis and introduction and for what was later titled "Delusion of the Fury", seven, unnumbered typescript pages, Harry Partch / December 30, 1964); (2) "Cry from Another Darkness" synopsis and early introduction for what was later titled "Delusion of the Fury" 7 (numbered/unnumbered) carbon typescript pages, Van Nuys, Calif., (P.O. Box 3253, December 30, 1964)
Folder 14: "Delusion" - synopses (II), 1965Add to your cart.
Photocopy of 16-page typescript scenario, "Delusion of the Fury" with pencil additions, corrections, and revisions, "Van Nuys, January 17, 1965" with "Exordium" title penciled in
Folder 15: "Delusion" - synopses (III), undatedAdd to your cart.
"Delusion of the Fury: A Ritual of Dream and Delusion" 1 extra-long typescript carbon page (with "Exordium" included)
Folder 16: "Delusion" - synopses (IV), undatedAdd to your cart.
Photocopy of preliminary typescript scenario and introduction prepared for inclusion in Genesis of a Music (2nd edn), pp. 35/147 - 42-154
Folder 17: "Dreamer that Remains" - outlines (I), ca. 1971-1972Add to your cart.
Seven sheets in pencil from spiral-bound notebook, contains among the leaves a 6-page "A Very tentative Verbal outline of music", one leaf is headed "Outline of Music for a Freeman-Pouliot Film Project for 1972: The Dreamer that Remains - A Love Piece -"
Folder 18: "Dreamer that Remains" - outlines (II), 1972Add to your cart.
Sets of very tentative verbal outlines: (1) "The Dreamer that Remains: A Study in Loving", 27 May, 1972, 5 typescript pages with pencil additions, corrections, revisions; (2) "The Dreamer that Remains: A Study in Loving", retyped version of (A) extended to 6 typescript pages with several pen corrections and additions; (3) carbon copy of (2) with pencil corrections, revisions, and additions; (4) photochemical copy of (2) with pencil and pen revisions (added to copy)
Folder 19: "Incident at Drake's Bay", 1953Add to your cart.
"Incident at Drake's Bay, A Music Drama", pencil draft of scenarios, one page of verso of Harry Partch Trust Fund mailing announcement of "Plectra and Percussion Dances", and typescript version
Folder 20: "Menota Night", ca. 1944-1947Add to your cart.
1-page typescript scenario, (probably Madison, Wisc.)
Folder 21: "Oedipus" - translation, undatedAdd to your cart.
Carbon copy of 37 page English translation by [Gordan Churchill]
Folder 22: "Oedipus" (1951 version), 1951Add to your cart.
Foreword and text of Partch's original text, carbon typescript, Sausalito, 32 pp.
Folder 23: "Petals", undatedAdd to your cart.
Handwritten items, draft of recording cover text (1 page), 2-page statement about the work, 2 leaves of timings and test of beats, and 1 leaf of ratios for Guitar II
Folder 24: "Petals" - movement titles, undatedAdd to your cart.
Movement titles, Seven lists (A-G) of preliminary movement titles for "And on the Seventh Day Petals Fell in Petaluma," with folder titled "And on the Seventh Day" - notes that contains additional movement titles, these early sets of titles contain fanciful names for the movements and alternate titles for the composition
Folder 25: "Petals" - notes, undatedAdd to your cart.
Notes, 4 leaves of notes in pencil for "And on the Seventh Day Petals Fell in Petaluma"
Folder 26: "Petals" - recording (I), undatedAdd to your cart.
Typescript draft (with pen additions) of liner notes for projected Gate 5 Record of "On the Seventh Day the Petals Fell in Petaluma," 1 typescript page
Folder 27: "Petals" - recording (II), ca. 1966Add to your cart.
Outline of verses and Statement ("I want, I try, to live in the Big World") prepared for liner notes for CRI recording (not used), 7 carbon typescript pages with pencil and ink additions, and carbon copy
Folder 28: "Petals" - sketches, undatedAdd to your cart.
Four sheets of rhythmic notes in pencil for "And on the Seventh Day Petals Fell in Petaluma"
Folder 29: "Plectra and Percussion Dances", ca. 1952Add to your cart.
"Plectra and Percussion Dances, The Rythmic Motivations of Castor and Pollux and Even Wild Horses", 8 carbon typescript pages, endorsed by Partch, with ink additions and revisions
Folder 30: "Plectra and Percussion Dances - Castor and Pollux", ca. 1963Add to your cart.
Castor and Pollux, A Dance for the Twin Rhythms of Gemini, Argument and Instructions on Music and Dance, 2 carbon typescript pages with ink additions and envelope (Calendar numbers for Castor and Pollux) with desk calendar with rows of dates cut out
Folder 31: "Plectra and Percussion Dances - Even Wild Horses" (I), undatedAdd to your cart.
"Even Wild Horses, Dance Music for an Absent Drama", 5 carbon typescript pages with ink additions, introduction and synopses of scenes.
Folder 32: "Plectra and Percussion Dances - Even Wild Horses" (II), ca. 1961Add to your cart.
List of French phrases keyed to page numbers, from Rimbauld, A Season in Hell, 4 pencil pages from spiral bound notebook, 2 carbon typescript pages (typed version of above)
Folder 33: Poems by Li Po, Six Lyrics by Li Po, ca. 1940sAdd to your cart.
4-page (one bifolium) typescript carbon of notes about the work
Folder 34: "Revelation" - argument, undatedAdd to your cart.
Pencil drafts of early arguments for "Revelation in the Courthouse Park": one 3-page pencil draft, one typescript leaf "Argument", one typescript leaf with pencil additions
Folder 35: "Revelation - Incidental Music for Applause", undatedAdd to your cart.
Typescript statement (2 pages) describing "Incidental Music for Applause" to "Revelation in the Courthouse Park" (paginated 30/54 - 31/55), with pencil additions, corrections, and revisions
Folder 36: "Revelation", undatedAdd to your cart.
Mock newspaper (The Centerburg Gazette) front page describing events paralleling "Revelation in the Courthouse Park", one oversize sheet
Folder 37: "Revelation" - notes and drafts (I), undatedAdd to your cart.
Miscellaneous pencil musical composition notes for "Revelation in the Courthouse Park" pencil, 16 leaves
Folder 38: "Revelation" - notes and drafts (II), undatedAdd to your cart.
Pencil sketch of stage in "First Chorus", pencil sketch of fountain, pp. 6 and 9 of carbon typescript description of "Revelation" (with two pen or pencil sketches), pp. 8-10 of typescript description of "Revelation"
Folder 39: "Revelation" - program, undatedAdd to your cart.
Suggested program text for "Revelation in the Courthouse Park", "Argument" (2 pages black and red typescript, with p. 1 also present as carbon), cast, instruments, arguments, and chorus/scene titles (3 typescript pages in black typescript)
Folder 40: "Revelation" - scripts, undatedAdd to your cart.
Typescript of script for "Revel(ation) in the Courthouse Park", versos of pages seem to have directions for film shots (perhaps made in conjunction with Madeline Tourtelot film of the production), approx. 61 pp. in red-and-black typescript (composed of top and carbon copies including paste-overs, MS corrections, additions, and revisions)
Folder 41: "Revelation" - statement, undatedAdd to your cart.
Two versions of "Composer's Statement for Revel": One-page typescript with pencil additions, corrections, and revisions; two-page carbon typscript (two sets), 2 pages with pencil annotations on one set
Folder 42: "Rotate the Body" - outlines and notes, undatedAdd to your cart.
"Ball for Gymnasts", excerpts from "Revelation" (2 pages); "Rotate the Body in All Its Planes" musical timings and lyrics (With simple heart and glad regard . . . ) (2 pages)
Folder 43: "U.S. Highball" (1942) - notebook, 1942Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Notebook, 4 X 5.5 inch pocket memorandum book carried by Partch on trip to Chicago, containing notations, fragments of overheard conversations, transcriptions, etc., includes memoirs about monophonic works
Folder 44: "U.S. Highball" (1942) - scripts, 1942Add to your cart.
Two preliminary scripts for "U.S. Highball": 7 typescript pages with corrections and revisions in pencil, 7 typescript pages plus 1 page in pencil, with envelope labeled "First Drafts of U.S. Highball"
Folder 45: "U.S. Highball" - sketches, 1942Add to your cart.
Rhythmic sketches for "Chicago", pencil, 4 leaves
Folder 46: "U.S. Highball" (film) (I), undatedAdd to your cart.
Typescript introduction to film concept, 10 pages, typescript carbon (marked new in pencil)
Folder 47: "U.S. Highball" (film) (II), undatedAdd to your cart.
Introduction to film and shot outline, typescript in red and black, 29 pages with pencil additions, corrections, and revisions
Folder 48: "U.S. Highball" (film) (III), undatedAdd to your cart.
"New Script, U.S. Highball", introduction and shot outline for film, 12 carbon typescript pages with pencil revisions and corrections
Folder 49: Various works (I), undatedAdd to your cart.
Draft scenarios of projected or completed works: "And I'll Tell You My Story", "Dion Isus", "Quick Transit", "The Mock Turtle Song", "U.S. Highball" (rewrite), "Barstow" (rewrite), 3 typescript leaves (with pencil additions) and 1 leaf in pencil (for "Revelation")
Folder 50: "Water! Water!" - program, 1962Add to your cart.
Carbon typescript for program for "Water! Water!", 12 pages with pencil additions
Folder 51: "Water! Water!" - script, 1961Add to your cart.
Black stencil script of "Water! Water!", apparently Partch's copy of the duplicated script (numbered #81, marked on cover Corrected, 1961) made for use by participants in the production, corrected by paste-overs including one loose, newly-typed sheet (containing alternate dialog between Phoebus and the Producer in Second Prologue), 61 pp. plus one typescript sheet
Folder 52: "Windsong", undatedAdd to your cart.
Materials relating to preparing music for Madeline Tourtelot's film "Windsong": 2-page carbon of Script for suggested "Transformation Sequence", 6-page typescript of shot outline with timings, notes on music, etc., with extensive pencil revisions, three sheets of pencil notes, with one page typescript statement "Windsong" by Madeline Tourtelot
Sub-Series 2: Lecture Texts, Essays, Drafts, Illustrations, and StatementsAdd to your cart.
This series contains Partch's writings (final versions and drafts) on various aspects of his work, tuning, and the relationship between music and culture; some printed materials and graphic works included.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Bitter Music - illustrations, undatedAdd to your cart.
Illustrations, musical example, and ink drawings (originals and print outs from microfilm) intended to accompany the published Bitter Music (most not included in printed version), with page from California Highways and Public Works magazine with photographs of work camps at Anderson Canyon and Salmon Creek, California, one related drawing in Box 15
Folder 2: Bitter Music - music example, undatedAdd to your cart.
One original ink musical example to Bitter Music
Folder 3: CBS Bonus Record, October 1970Add to your cart.
Introduction to Bonus Record accompanying "Delusion of the Fury" recording, typescripts with pencil corrections and revisions, 3 pages, October 6, 1970, 3 pages, October 10, 1970, one page, October 1970
Folder 4: Artwork, 1937 and 1947Add to your cart.
Two drawings/paintings (both by Partch?): "Incertitude and Infinitude" - Twin Rocks, Ore. - watercolor or tempera on cardboard, of male nude standing on beach; "Maguey Plants", as seen on way the Ensenada, Baja California, ink on paper.
Folder 5: "End Littoral" - drawings, undatedAdd to your cart.
Ink drawings (with a few print outs from microfilm) intended to accompany the published journal (none included in printed version), with photograph of cabins overlooking coast, 20 items
Folder 6: Instrument Expense Statement, ca. 1963Add to your cart.
Typescript statement of "Expenses of a Research and Experimental - Music-Instrument Project Dating from 1925 to the Present", Petaluma, 8 carbon typescript pages.
Folder 7: Films Introductory Notes, ca. 1962Add to your cart.
Introductions to screening of three films ("Rotate the Body", "Windsong", "Revelation"), after ca. 1962 or later, 7 typescript pages, present are p. 1 in original typescript, pages 1-7 in photocopy, with pencil corrections and revisions to original
Folder 8: For John Cage, undatedAdd to your cart.
1 typescript page of a personal statement, with ink title and revisions.
Folder 9: Genesis of a Music (2nd edn), appendices, undatedAdd to your cart.
Typescript drafts of appendices, with pencil additions, revisions, corrections. Appendix I (incomplete), 2 pages, one typescript, one carbon, Appendix I, pp. 1-5, Appendix II, pp. 6 -14, Appendix III, pp 15 - 19
Folder 10: Genesis of a Music (2nd edn) - ch. 12, undatedAdd to your cart.
Typescript draft of new chapter 12, 51-typescript pages with pencil additions, revisions, corrections
Folder 11: Genesis of a Music (2nd edn) ch. 13, 1969Add to your cart.
Typescript draft of new chapter 13, 31 August 1969, 46 pp. with pencil additions, revisions, corrections
Folder 12: Genesis of a Music (2nd edn) ch. 14, undatedAdd to your cart.
Typescript draft of new chapter 14, paginated 1. / (113) - 38. - 150, with pencil additions, revisions, corrections
Folder 13: Genesis of a Music (2nd edn), figures, undatedAdd to your cart.
Material for figures for Genesis, two ALS letters from Erv Wilson, mostly photocopies of various versions of the figures as Wilson revised them. (See also Genesis of a Music, 2nd edn. related correspondence in Da Capo Press in Box 5)
Folder 14: Genesis of a Music (2nd edn) preface (I), 1969Add to your cart.
(New Preface to Genesis of a Music) / Preface to the Second Edition, carbon typescript, Encinitas, California, 13 pages with pencil and ink corrections; photocopy of above, as copy edited by publisher
Folder 15: Genesis of a Music (2nd edn), preface (II), 1969Add to your cart.
New Preface to Genesis of a Music / Preface, photocopy of typescript, 12 pp, Encinitas
Folder 16: Genesis of a Music (2nd edn), preface (III), 1969Add to your cart.
Preface, 11 pages with extensive pencil additions, revisions, corrections, dated in pencil 30 May 1969, typescript dated Encinitas, California
Folder 17: Genesis of a Music (2nd edn), preface (IV), 1969Add to your cart.
Preface, earliest typescript notes, on slips pasted up to full pages, with extensive pencil additions, revisions, corrections, 11 pages with partial-page slip, with Partch's envelope
Folder 18: Genesis of a Music (2nd edn), preface (V), 1969Add to your cart.
Preface, 2 typescript pages, top copy and carbon, with partial-page insert, several pencil corrections
Folder 19: Lecture - Bewitched, 1959Add to your cart.
Carbon typescript (Note) for talk before dress rehearsal of Bewitched at the Juilliard School, 9 April 1959, 9 pages, 6 pages of text, 2 pages of comments on slides of instruments, one page for introduction musical examples, all with pencil corrections and revisions
Folder 20: Lecture - Columbia University, 1959Add to your cart.
Untitled lecture given at Columbia University 9 April 1959, with examples from Bewitched, 11 typescript pages, with pencil on verso of p. 3, with pencil corrections and revisions
Folder 21: Lecture - University of Hawaii, 1971Add to your cart.
Untitled lecture presented at the University of Hawaii 9 July 1971, one page program and seven typescript pages of text, with pencil corrections and revisions.
Folder 22: Lectures - University of Oregon, 1964Add to your cart.
Typescripts for lectures presented at the University of Oregon: (1) Feb. 16, 7 typescript pages with ink additions and corrections, introduction to films "U.S. Highball", "Rotate the Body", "Revelation", (2) Feb. 17, 12 typescript pages with ink and pencil corrections and revisions, (3) Feb. 17, 23-pages in typescript original and carbon, both with ink and/or pencil corrections and revisions
Folder 23: Lecture - American Symphony Orchestra League Convention, San Francisco, 1963Add to your cart.
Untitled lecture presented at the Palace Hotel, San Francisco, for the American Symphony Orchestra League convention, (notes by Danlee Mitchell). 10 typescript pages with pencil corrections and revisions
Folder 24: Lecture - Pasadena/San Fernando Valley State College, 1964Add to your cart.
Untitled lecture script, 9 typescript pages with pencil corrections, originally presented for Pasadena Art Museum 8 February, revised by paste-over to first page for second delivery at San Fernando Valley State College (University of California Northridge), 20 March 1965
Folder 25: Lecture - "Revelation" (I), 1960-1961Add to your cart.
Partch's statement to the cast before the first rehearsal of "Revelation in the Courthouse Park" (note by Danlee Mitchell), fall semester, 4 typescript pages
Folder 26: Lecture - "Revelation" (II), undatedAdd to your cart.
Introduction to WILL-TV broadcast of "Revelation", 2 typescript pages
Folder 27: Lecture - San Francisco Art Institute, 1966Add to your cart.
Untitled lecture presented at the San Francisco Art Institute 28 November 1966, included presentation of slides and musical examples, 8 typescript pages with pencil additions and corrections
Folder 28: Lecture - St. Louis, 1962Add to your cart.
Untitled lecture given at St. Louis 24 April 1962, with introductions to tape ("Revelation") and film ("Rotate the Body"), 6 typescript pages
Folder 29: Lecture - Tanglewood, 1967Add to your cart.
Typescript (headed "Introduction to Examples") for lecture presented at Tanglewood, summer 1967, with Partch pencil note "The direction toward which I've been going", 12 pages with pencil corrections and revisions
Folder 30: Lecture - UCLA, 1966Add to your cart.
Untitled lecture given at UCLA 1 May 1966, 12 typescript pages plus two versions of 1-page "Demonstration Order", with pencil revisions and corrections, text includes list of titles for movements of "And on the Seventh Day Petals Fell in Petaluma"
Folder 31: Lecture - "Studies", "Petals", "Exordium", "Barstow", "Daphne", and "Castor and Pollux", undatedAdd to your cart.
Introductions or synopses to "Two Studies", "Petals", "Exordium" [from "Delusion"], "Barstow", "Daphne", and "Castor and Pollux", 4 typescript pages, apparently spoken introductions to musical excerpts (supervised by Danlee Mitchell)
Folder 32: Manual on the Maintenance and Repair of--and the Musical and Attitudinal Techniques for--Some Putative Musical Instruments (I), 1963Add to your cart.
Ozalid copy, 46 typescript pages on 24 leaves, pp, 1-33, blank, 34-46, blank, main text plus three addenda, pp. 1-33 (Feb. 3, 1963), pp. 34-42 (March 25, 1963), pp. 43-46 (April 12, 1963), with Partch's original folder titled Manual (not the latest draft)
Folder 33: Manual on the Maintenance and Repair of--and the Musical and Attitudinal Techniques for--Some Putative Musical Instruments (II) (revised), 1963Add to your cart.
Ozalid copy, "NEW (revised)" written on master, pp. 1-18 appear identical to previous entry, pp. 19-20 of earlier versions expanded to 3 pages, 47 leaves, arranged and glued accordion-format, with corrections on transparent masters and in pencil, index on first page, paginated 1-47
Folder 34: Various Fragments, Notes, and Sketches, ca. 1960-1974Add to your cart.
Complete or incomplete fragments, notes, sketches (most in pencil), some represent ideas developed for later compositions, two photocopies, 31 original sheets
Folder 35: Modern Parables, 1933 and 1938Add to your cart.
Typescripts of two parables: (1) "A Modern Parable I", three typescript pages, New York City, Spring, 1933, (2) "A Modern Parable II", three typescript pages, Cajon Pass, San Bernardino County, April 26, 1938
Folder 36: Toward a Creative Music, 1953Add to your cart.
Typescript of a series of nine talks delivered over KPFA radio, San Francisco from 9 March to 28 March 1953, (see KPFA Program Folio issues): Creativity in Music (p. 1), Education & New Instruments (p.8), Education and the Record Repertory (p. 17), Education and Acoustics (p. 23), The Writers on Music p. 31), Musical Perspectives (p. 37), My Instruments (p. 44), Castor & Pollux (p. 51) [included musical examples], The Oedipus Dance Music (p. 54). 56 typescript pages with pencil corrections, additions, and revisions
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Music Philosophy and Work of Harry Partch, ca. 1954Add to your cart.
6-leaf black stencil booklet titled "Presenting a Resume of the Music Philosophy and Work of Harry Partch, Composer, Instrument Builder, and Player-Theorist"  (another copy in Scrapbook)
Folder 2: Musicians as "Artists", 1947Add to your cart.
Essay, 12 typescript pages, Madison Wis., dated in pencil
Folder 3: On G-String Formality, 1946Add to your cart.
Seven typescript page essay with pencil and ink corrections and revisions, endorsed by Partch, Madison
Folder 4: Proposal - Typescript of "Proposal for Work in Advanced Studies", ca. 1962Add to your cart.
"Proposal for Work in Advanced Studies", Champaign, Ill., 7 carbon typescript pages, proposes to work in Japan
Folder 5: Quarter-Saw Section of Motivation and Intonation, 1967Add to your cart.
"Prelude to Talk" and "Introduction to Examples of Intonation", black stencil copy of lecture text, endorsed by Partch, Tanglewood, [i] plus 13 pages
Folder 6: Signs, undatedAdd to your cart.
Two ink-on-cardboard signs, apparently posted at Partch's door
Folder 7: Somewhat Spoof, September 1960Add to your cart.
3 typescript page essay with ink corrections, Champaign, Ill., September 1960, reprinted in Bitter Music
Folder 8: Soul Tormented by Contemporary Music, 1957 and 1960Add to your cart.
10-page typescript of untitled lecture delivered at University of Illinois, March 24, 1957, as introduction to Bewitched, with introductions to instrument demonstrations, with pencil revisions and corrections, endorsed by Partch, typewritten from tape 4/18/60, elsewhere this lecture is titled "A Soul Tormented by Contemporary Music Looks for a Humanizing Alchemy"
Folder 9: Statement (I) - (I am a traditionalist), 1960Add to your cart.
22 May 1960, 2 typescript page
Folder 10: Statement (II) - (I am a traditionalist), 1960Add to your cart.
Eight photocopy pages, four pages of typescript statement, and four pages of extracts from printed promotional and publicity material, dated 31 May 1960
Folder 11: Statement (III), 1967Add to your cart.
Signed statement about "disposition of [his] instruments and scores", San Diego, 12 March 1967, 3 typescript pages with ink revisions
Folder 12: Statement (IV), 1970Add to your cart.
Four-page typescript statement and itemized expenses related to the landlord's irresponsibilities about the workshop at Solana Beach, signed, 21 May 1970
Folder 13: Statement for "Arts in Society", ca. 1967Add to your cart.
Three typescript pages with ink corrections, Petaluma, reprinted in Bitter Music as "The University and the Creative Arts, Comment"
Folder 14: University of California San Diego (USCD) - seminar, 1967Add to your cart.
Writings about seminar given at UCSD: (1) statement on education, 5 typescript pages with pencil corrections, (2) "My Seminar in Retrospect", 4 carbon typescript pages, (3) typed extracts from comments on students (on their papers or presentations), 5 carbon typescript pages
Folder 15: "Umbilical Cord Still Vibrates", 1952Add to your cart.
Essay, Mill Valley, California, 18 typescript pages
Folder 16: WTTW (Chicago), 25 June 1957Add to your cart.
Untitled scripts for WTTW television production, lecture and instrument demonstrations: (1) "Tentative WTTW script ideas", 5 carbon typescript pages (2) 10 blue mimeograph pages with pencil additions and revisions, 25 June 1957

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