Music and Performing Arts Library Harry Partch Collection, 1914-2007 | The Sousa Archives and Center for American Music

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Collection Overview

Title: Music and Performing Arts Library Harry Partch Collection, 1914-2007Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

ID: 35/3/82

Primary Creator: Partch, Harry (1901-1974)

Other Creators: Cutler, Jean (1927-2010), Johnston, Ben

Extent: 23.1 cubic feet

Arrangement:

Series 1: BMI Collection consists of the complete contents of their publicity file about Partch; given in December 1987.

Series 2: Jean Cutler Collection consists of a group of materials documenting Jean Cutler's association with Partch from 1962 to 1970; collection purchased from Jean Cutler in June 1996.

Series 3: Oliver Daniel Collection consists of photocopies (and some originals) of correspondence and articles between and about Partch and Daniel; obtained ca. 1988.

Series 4: Betty Freeman Collection consists of recordings of rehearsals, performances, and interviews, correspondence, transcripts, and publications; the bulk of the collection was donated in January 1979, with supplements in later years, especially 1999.

Series 5: John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Collection consists of photocopies of materials in the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation files.

Series 6: Barnard Hewitt Collection consists of original materials from Barnard Hewitt ; given in 1978.

Series 7: Robert Kostak Collection consists of original materials; purchased from Kostka in November 1987.

Series 8: Lynn Ludlow Collection consists of original and photocopies of brochures, programs, announcements, newspaper and magazine clippings; given in April 1989.

Series 9: Lauriston C. Marshall Collection consists of materials relating to Harry Partch; given to the University of Illinois Music Library by Larry and Lucie Marshall between 1976 and 1980.

Series 10: Danlee Mitchell Harry Partch Collection consists of personal materials relating to Partch; Donated in 1991 on the occasion of a commemorative concert to honor the retirement of Jack McKenzie as Dean of Fine and Applied Arts at UIUC.

Series 11: Stephen Pouliot Harry Partch Collection consists of materials given to the Archive by Stephen Pouliot, in 1990 and 1998.

Series 12: Peter Yates Harry Partch Collection consists of photocopies of materials available in the University of California, San Diego's Mandeville Special Collections Library's Peter Yates Collection.

Series 13: Subject Files consists of original materials collected or created for the Archive, not part of individual collections above.

Series 14: Musical Scores consists of blue-line original or photocopies of Partch autograph scores; assembled from various sources.

Series 15: Photographs consists of photographic material (slides, prints, and negatives transferred from various collections and/or folders.

Series 16: Bibliography Project files consists of originals or photocopies of articles (or sections in books) published about Partch.

Series 17: Oral History Tapes consists of recordings of interviews with or about Partch.

Series 18: Performance Tapes consists of recordings of performances and lectures.

Series 19: Microfilms, slide strips, video tapes and films consists of items in the titular formats.

Series 20: Philip Blackburn Harry Partch Collection consists of materials collected and created by Philip Blackburn in relation to his INNOVA and Enclosures products devoted to publishing materials about Partch under the auspices of the American Composers Forum, Minneapolis.

Series 21: Kenneth Gaburo Papers consist of materials related to The Bewitched and had been in the possession of Philip Blackburn, as part of his INNOVA and Enclosures publication project; transferred to the archive in April 2008.

Series 22: Oversize Materials consists of photograph and posters of Harry Partch and his instruments.

Series 23: Madeline Tourtelot Harry Partch Collection consists of Madeline Tourtelot's own cassettes, tapes, and a book that had been given to Philip Blackburn in relation to his Enclosures publishing project; transferred to the Partch Archive in April 2008 as part of Blackburn's donation of his Enclosures material.

Date Acquired: 00/00/1975. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Compositions-Music, Instrumental music, Photographs

Formats/Genres: Financial Records, Motion Pictures/Videotapes, Newspaper Clippings, Sound Recordings

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Consists of books, music, films, personal papers, artifacts and sound recordings collected by the staff of the Music and Performing Arts Library and the University of Illinois School of Music documenting the life and career of Harry Partch, and those associated with him, throughout his career as a composer and writer.

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

Compositions-Music
Instrumental music
Photographs

Administrative Information

Repository: The Sousa Archives and Center for American Music

Accruals: Many accruals between 1975 and 2005, both in the form of individual collections and individual items.

Acquisition Source: Donation and acquisition

Acquisition Method: In 1975 the Music and Performing Arts Library acquired a set of scores reproduced from Partch's vellum masters through Irv Wilson. The Music and Performing Arts Library Harry Partch Collection was created in 1978 by Professor Ben Johnston and Thomas McGeary for the purpose of collecting relevant material documenting the life and musical work of Harry Partch. The impetus for the Collection was a donation by Lauriston C. Marshall of a group of tapes, recordings, documents, and letters. Over the following decade, many more accretions were added to the archive. Much of the work of collecting, organizing, and cataloging the material has been make possible through a generous grant to the Archive made by Betty Freeman in 1986.

Related Materials: Legacy Finding Aid for Harry Partch Archive For more information please see http://www.library.illinois.edu/mux/about/collections/specialcollections/collections_descriptions/partch_finding_aid_2005.pdf.


Box and Folder Listing


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[Series 1: Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI) Collection],
[Series 2: Jean Cutler Collection],
[Series 3: Oliver Daniel Collection],
[Series 4: Betty Freeman Collection],
[Series 5: John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Collection],
[Series 6: Barnard Hewitt Collection],
[Series 7: Robert Kostka Collection],
[Series 8: Lynn Ludlow Collection],
[Series 9: Lauriston C. Marshall Collection],
[Series 10: Danlee Mitchell Harry Partch Collection],
[Series 11: Stephen Pouliot Harry Partch Collection],
[Series 12: Peter Yates Harry Partch Collection],
[Series 13: Subject Files],
[Series 14: Musical Scores],
[Series 15: Photographs],
[Series 16: Bibliography Project files],
[Series 17: Oral History Tapes],
[Series 18: Performance Tapes],
[Series 19: Microfilms, slide strips, video tapes and films],
[Series 20: Philip Blackburn Harry Partch Collection],
[Series 21: Kenneth Gaburo Harry Partch Collection],
[Series 22: Oversize Material],
[Series 23: Madeline Tourtelot Harry Partch Collection],
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Series 14: Musical ScoresAdd to your cart.
Blue-line original or photocopies of Partch autograph scores. Assembled from various sources.
Box 6Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Ben Johnston Transcription Project Scores and Correspondence, ca. 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 5: "Plectra and Percussion Dances: Castor and Pollux", 1952Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Photocopy of original score.
Box 26Add to your cart.
Folder 4: "Barstow", 1941Add to your cart.
Photocopy of original (now missing) from Harry Partch Estate Archive.
Folder 5: "Barstow", 1954Add to your cart.
Photocopy of original at Moldenhauer Archive, Harvard University
Folder 6: "Two Settings from Finnegan's Wake": "Isobel" and "Annah the Allmaziful", 1944Add to your cart.
Photocopy
Folder 7: "Jine the Cavalry", 1963Add to your cart.
Photocopy
Folder 8: "My Heart Keeps Beating Time", 1929Add to your cart.
From an original at Brown University Library.  Also includes correspondence with the New York Public Library and the Copyright Office about obtaining reproduction rights.
Folder 9: "Polyphonic Recidivism on a Japanese Theme", 1945Add to your cart.
Photocopy of original in Harry Partch Estate Archive (12/5/45 series 3 box 11 folder 3)
Folder 10: "U.S. Highball", undatedAdd to your cart.
Chromolodeon part. Photocopy
Folder 11: "U.S. Highball", 1943Add to your cart.
Photocopy of original in Harry Partch Estate Archive (12/5/45 series 3 box 11 folder 8)
Box 39Add to your cart.
Item 14: "Revelation in the Courthouse Park", 1960Add to your cart.
Photocopy
Item 4: "The Dreamer that Remains" and "The Letter", 1972Add to your cart.
From Pouliot Collection. Two copies of "The Dreamer that Remains", the second with Partch's final revisions and the first without. One copy of "The Letter: A Depression Message from a Hobo Friend", as rewritten for the Freeman-Pouliot film.
Item 5: "Revelation in the Courthouse Park", 1960Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
From Barnard Hewitt Collection
Item 6: "Water! Water!", 1961Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
From Barnard Hewitt Collection. Also includes a program from a performance at the Illini Union, a list of recorded excerpts and the manuscript of a "New 10th Prologue for Recording".
Item 7: "Revelation in the Courthouse Park", 1960Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Copy used by John Garvey in UIUC production; purchased from private party in Britain in 2002
Item 8: "The Bewitched", c. 1957Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Copy used by John Garvey in UIUC production; donated by member of Garvey family
Item 9: "Delusion of the Fury: A Ritual of Dream and Delusion", 1966Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Work copy used for UCLA production; cover is one of three made by wife of Emil Richard; purchased from Clay Grossman, Chicago.

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[Series 1: Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI) Collection],
[Series 2: Jean Cutler Collection],
[Series 3: Oliver Daniel Collection],
[Series 4: Betty Freeman Collection],
[Series 5: John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Collection],
[Series 6: Barnard Hewitt Collection],
[Series 7: Robert Kostka Collection],
[Series 8: Lynn Ludlow Collection],
[Series 9: Lauriston C. Marshall Collection],
[Series 10: Danlee Mitchell Harry Partch Collection],
[Series 11: Stephen Pouliot Harry Partch Collection],
[Series 12: Peter Yates Harry Partch Collection],
[Series 13: Subject Files],
[Series 14: Musical Scores],
[Series 15: Photographs],
[Series 16: Bibliography Project files],
[Series 17: Oral History Tapes],
[Series 18: Performance Tapes],
[Series 19: Microfilms, slide strips, video tapes and films],
[Series 20: Philip Blackburn Harry Partch Collection],
[Series 21: Kenneth Gaburo Harry Partch Collection],
[Series 22: Oversize Material],
[Series 23: Madeline Tourtelot Harry Partch Collection],
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