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Historic Speech - Music Recordings from the Partch Archives

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  1. I am Harry Partch $0.99 on iTunes
  2. By the Rivers of Babylon $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Texts and Music: A Wagnerian Wrestling Match $0.99 on iTunes
  4. 17 Lyrics of Li Po: A Dream $0.99 on iTunes
  5. 17 Lyrics of Li Po: An Encounter in the Field $0.99 on iTunes
  6. 17 Lyrics of Li Po: On Hearing the Flute $0.99 on iTunes
  7. 17 Lyrics of Li Po: The Intruder $0.99 on iTunes
  8. 17 Lyrics of Li Po: I am a Peach Tree $0.99 on iTunes
  9. 17 Lyrics of Li Po: With a Man of Leisure $0.99 on iTunes
  10. 17 Lyrics of Li Po: A Midnight Farewell $0.99 on iTunes
  11. 17 Lyrics of Li Po: Before the Cask of Wine $0.99 on iTunes
  12. 17 Lyrics of Li Po: On the Ship of Spicewood $0.99 on iTunes
  13. 17 Lyrics of Li Po: By the Great Wall $0.99 on iTunes
  14. The Use of English in Serious Music $0.99 on iTunes
  15. San Francisco: a Setting of the Cries of Two Newsboys on a Foggy Night in the Twenties $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Life Is Too Precious to Spend It With Important People $0.99 on iTunes
  17. US Highball: a Musical Account of a Transcontinental Hobo Trip
  18. My Heart Keeps Beating Time $0.99 on iTunes
  19. San Francisco II $0.99 on iTunes
  20. 2 Settings from Finnegans Wake: No. 1. Isobel $0.99 on iTunes
  21. 2 Settings from Finnegans Wake: No. 2. Annah the Allmaziful $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Dark Brother $0.99 on iTunes
  23. A Quarter-Saw Section of Motivations and Intonations: Prelude to Talk $0.99 on iTunes
  24. A Quarter-Saw Section of Motivations and Intonations: Introduction to Examples Oo Intonation $0.99 on iTunes
  25. A Quarter-Saw Section of Motivations and Intonations: Scale of Olympos (Pentatonic) $0.99 on iTunes
  26. A Quarter-Saw Section of Motivations and Intonations: Close Degrees $0.99 on iTunes
  27. A Quarter-Saw Section of Motivations and Intonations: True and Tempered Triads $0.99 on iTunes
  28. A Quarter-Saw Section of Motivations and Intonations: Resolutions from p. 186 of Genesis of a Music; Resolution p. 187; "Familiar" Resolution $0.99 on iTunes
  29. A Quarter-Saw Section of Motivations and Intonations: Fox-Strangeways Resolutions $0.99 on iTunes
  30. A Quarter-Saw Section of Motivations and Intonations: Tonal Flux from Genesis, p. 188; Tonal Flux from The Letter and Third Chorus of Oedipus; Another $0.99 on iTunes
  31. A Quarter-Saw Section of Motivations and Intonations: Multiple Tonal Senses from Antiphony of Oedipus, "O Crowding Woods…" $0.99 on iTunes
  32. A Quarter-Saw Section of Motivations and Intonations: Multiple Tonal Senses from Dark Brother, "and we who were lost are found again…" $0.99 on iTunes
  33. A Quarter-Saw Section of Motivations and Intonations: Melodic Subtleties from The Street, "Down Maxwell Street, where the prostitutes stand in the glo $0.99 on iTunes
  34. A Quarter-Saw Section of Motivations and Intonations: Melodic Subtleties from The Bewitched $0.99 on iTunes
  35. A Quarter-Saw Section of Motivations and Intonations: Instrumental Tunings: Harmonic Canon I as in Revelation; Petals; Chromelodeon two sets of reeds;
  36. A Quarter-Saw Section of Motivations and Intonations: Dissonances and Consonance: Coda to Oedipus; Coda to Revelation $0.99 on iTunes
  37. Bitter Music: June 11, 1935 — Santa Rosa, California $0.99 on iTunes
  38. Bitter Music: June 12 — Federal Shelter, Stockton $0.99 on iTunes
  39. Bitter Music: June 13 $0.99 on iTunes
  40. Bitter Music: June 14 $0.99 on iTunes
  41. Bitter Music: June 16 — Harrington Ranch, San Joaquin Delta $0.99 on iTunes
  42. Bitter Music: June 17 $0.99 on iTunes
  43. Bitter Music: July 4 $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Partch, Harry : Recorded Interviews & Speeches
>Partch, Harry : By the Rivers of Babylon, for adapted viola & intoning voice, kithara & chromelodeon
>Partch, Harry : Lyrics (17) by Li Po, for intoning voice & adapted viola
>Word, Spoken : Harry Partch
>Partch, Harry : Barstow (from "The Wayward"), for two voices, surrogate kithara, chromelodeon, diamond marimba & boo
>Partch, Harry : San Francisco, for two baritones, adapted viola, kithara & chromelodeon (from "The Wayward")
>Partch, Harry : U.S. Highball, for voices & Partch instruments (from "The Wayward")
>Partch, Harry : Settings (2) from Joyce's "Finnegan's Wake", for soprano, kithara & two flutes
>Partch, Harry : Dark Brother
>Partch, Harry : Bitter Music, musical excerpts from Partch's diary
>Partch, Harry : Yankee Doodle Fantasy, for soprano, tin flutes, tin oboe, flex-a-tones & chromelodeon
>Partch, Harry : O frabjous day!, for intoning voice, harmonic canon & bass marimba
>Partch, Harry : Ring Around the Moon, for baritone & Partch instruments
>Partch, Harry : Bless this home, for intoning voice, oboe, adapted viola, kithara, harmonic canon & mazda marimba
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>Partch, Harry : Recorded Interviews & Speeches :: I am Harry Partch [Spoken]
  • Period Time: Modern

>Partch, Harry : By the Rivers of Babylon, for adapted viola & intoning voice, kithara & chromelodeon
  • Performer: Lee Hoiby (Kithara)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1931-1955

>Partch, Harry : Recorded Interviews & Speeches :: Text and music
  • Running Time: 1 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Partch, Harry : Lyrics (17) by Li Po, for intoning voice & adapted viola
  • Running Time: 4 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1930-1933

>Word, Spoken : Harry Partch :: Interview with Eugene Paul (Interview)
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Partch, Harry : Barstow (from "The Wayward"), for two voices, surrogate kithara, chromelodeon, diamond marimba & boo
  • Performer: Lee Hoiby (Kithara)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1941-1955

>Partch, Harry : San Francisco, for two baritones, adapted viola, kithara & chromelodeon (from "The Wayward")
  • Performer: Lee Hoiby (Kithara)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1943

>Partch, Harry : Recorded Interviews & Speeches :: Life is too precious to spend it with important people [Spoken]
  • Running Time: 1 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Partch, Harry : U.S. Highball, for voices & Partch instruments (from "The Wayward")
  • Running Time: 26 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1943-1955

>Partch, Harry : Recorded Interviews & Speeches :: While my Heart Keeps Beating Time
  • Running Time: 1 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Partch, Harry : Recorded Interviews & Speeches :: San Francisco II
  • Performers: Keith Johnson (Guitar); Lesley Olson (Flute)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Partch, Harry : Recorded Interviews & Speeches :: I'm going to start right off by giving you some sounds...
  • Period Time: Modern

>Partch, Harry : Settings (2) from Joyce's "Finnegan's Wake", for soprano, kithara & two flutes
  • Performer: Harry Partch (Kithara)
  • Notes: New York, NY (05/06/1944-05/11/1944)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1944

>Partch, Harry : Dark Brother
  • Performer: Lee Hoiby (Kithara)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1942-1943

>Partch, Harry : Recorded Interviews & Speeches :: A Quarter-Saw Section of Motivations and Intonation - Prelude to Tal
  • Running Time: 2 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Partch, Harry : Recorded Interviews & Speeches :: Introduction to Examples of Intonation
  • Running Time: 6 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Partch, Harry : Recorded Interviews & Speeches :: Scale of Olympos (pentatonic)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Partch, Harry : Recorded Interviews & Speeches :: Enharmonic Scale of Archytas; Separated by 3/2's; Triads
  • Running Time: 1 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Partch, Harry : Recorded Interviews & Speeches :: Scale of Pythagoras; Separated by 3/2's; Triads
  • Running Time: 1 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Partch, Harry : Recorded Interviews & Speeches :: Ptolemaic Intense Diatonic; Separated by 3/2's; Triads
  • Period Time: Modern

>Partch, Harry : Recorded Interviews & Speeches :: Ptolemy's Equable Diatonic; Separated by 3/2's
  • Running Time: 1 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Partch, Harry : Recorded Interviews & Speeches :: Terpander's Hexatonic [2 egs.]
  • Running Time: 1 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Partch, Harry : Recorded Interviews & Speeches :: Close Degrees
  • Running Time: 1 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Partch, Harry : Recorded Interviews & Speeches :: True and Tempered Triads
  • Running Time: 1 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Partch, Harry : Recorded Interviews & Speeches :: Resolutions from p. 186 of Genesis of a Music [2nd Ed., pp. 186, 187
  • Running Time: 2 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Partch, Harry : Recorded Interviews & Speeches :: Fox-Strangways Resolutions [2nd Ed., p. 191]
  • Running Time: 2 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Partch, Harry : Recorded Interviews & Speeches :: Tonal Flux from Genesis, p. 188 [2nd Ed., p. 189]; Tonal Flux from T
  • Running Time: 3 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Partch, Harry : Recorded Interviews & Speeches :: Multiple Tonal Senses from Antiphony of Oedipus, "O crowding woods..
  • Running Time: 2 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Partch, Harry : Recorded Interviews & Speeches :: Multiple tonal Senses from Dark Brother, "and we who were lost are f
  • Running Time: 4 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Partch, Harry : Recorded Interviews & Speeches :: Melodic Subtleties from The Street, "Down Maxwell Street, where the
  • Running Time: 1 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Partch, Harry : Recorded Interviews & Speeches :: Melodic Subtleties from The Bewitched [7 egs.]
  • Running Time: 6 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Partch, Harry : Recorded Interviews & Speeches :: Instrumental Tunings
  • Running Time: 10 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Partch, Harry : Recorded Interviews & Speeches :: Dissonance and Consonance
  • Running Time: 6 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Partch, Harry : Bitter Music, musical excerpts from Partch's diary :: June 11, 1935 - Santa Rosa, California
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1935-1936

>Partch, Harry : Bitter Music, musical excerpts from Partch's diary :: June 12 - Federal Shelter, Stockton
  • Running Time: 3 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1935-1936

>Partch, Harry : Bitter Music, musical excerpts from Partch's diary :: June 13
  • Running Time: 1 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1935-1936

>Partch, Harry : Bitter Music, musical excerpts from Partch's diary :: June 14
  • Running Time: 2 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1935-1936

>Partch, Harry : Bitter Music, musical excerpts from Partch's diary :: June 16 - Harrington Ranch, San Joaquin Delta
  • Running Time: 3 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1935-1936

>Partch, Harry : Bitter Music, musical excerpts from Partch's diary :: June 17
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1935-1936

>Partch, Harry : Bitter Music, musical excerpts from Partch's diary :: July 04
  • Running Time: 3 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1935-1936

>Partch, Harry : Bitter Music, musical excerpts from Partch's diary :: July 14
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1935-1936

>Partch, Harry : Bitter Music, musical excerpts from Partch's diary :: July 16
  • Running Time: 1 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1935-1936

>Partch, Harry : Bitter Music, musical excerpts from Partch's diary :: July 19
  • Running Time: 1 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1935-1936

>Partch, Harry : Bitter Music, musical excerpts from Partch's diary :: July 20 - Heading north, between Sacramento and
  • Running Time: 2 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1935-1936

>Partch, Harry : Bitter Music, musical excerpts from Partch's diary :: July 24 - Federal Shelter, Portland
  • Running Time: 2 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1935-1936

>Partch, Harry : Bitter Music, musical excerpts from Partch's diary :: July 25 - Blue Ox Lodge, Seattle, Washington
  • Running Time: 6 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1935-1936

>Partch, Harry : Bitter Music, musical excerpts from Partch's diary :: July 27
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1935-1936

>Partch, Harry : Bitter Music, musical excerpts from Partch's diary :: July 29
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1935-1936

>Partch, Harry : Bitter Music, musical excerpts from Partch's diary :: July 30
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1935-1936

>Partch, Harry : Bitter Music, musical excerpts from Partch's diary :: August 7 - Between Grants Pass and Klamath Falls
  • Running Time: 1 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1935-1936

>Partch, Harry : Bitter Music, musical excerpts from Partch's diary :: August 15
  • Running Time: 1 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1935-1936

>Partch, Harry : Bitter Music, musical excerpts from Partch's diary :: October 22 - Nearing Monterey [reworked in 1943
  • Running Time: 5 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1935-1936

>Partch, Harry : Bitter Music, musical excerpts from Partch's diary :: October 24 - Leaving Big Sur
  • Running Time: 2 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1935-1936

>Partch, Harry : Bitter Music, musical excerpts from Partch's diary :: October 25 - Near Slate's Hot Springs (now the E
  • Running Time: 2 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1935-1936

>Partch, Harry : Bitter Music, musical excerpts from Partch's diary :: October 26
  • Running Time: 1 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1935-1936

>Partch, Harry : Bitter Music, musical excerpts from Partch's diary :: October 27
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1935-1936

>Partch, Harry : Bitter Music, musical excerpts from Partch's diary :: October 28
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1935-1936

>Partch, Harry : Bitter Music, musical excerpts from Partch's diary :: October 29
  • Running Time: 1 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1935-1936

>Partch, Harry : Bitter Music, musical excerpts from Partch's diary :: October 30 - Big Creek
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1935-1936

>Partch, Harry : Bitter Music, musical excerpts from Partch's diary :: November 12 - Santa Barbara
  • Running Time: 2 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1935-1936

>Partch, Harry : Bitter Music, musical excerpts from Partch's diary :: November 14
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1935-1936

>Partch, Harry : Bitter Music, musical excerpts from Partch's diary :: November 15 - Leaving Santa Barbara
  • Running Time: 4 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1935-1936

>Partch, Harry : Bitter Music, musical excerpts from Partch's diary :: November 16 - Ojai
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1935-1936

>Partch, Harry : Bitter Music, musical excerpts from Partch's diary :: November 17
  • Running Time: 1 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1935-1936

>Partch, Harry : Bitter Music, musical excerpts from Partch's diary :: November 23 - Los Angeles
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1935-1936

>Partch, Harry : Bitter Music, musical excerpts from Partch's diary :: November 28
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1935-1936

>Partch, Harry : Bitter Music, musical excerpts from Partch's diary :: December 04
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1935-1936

>Partch, Harry : Bitter Music, musical excerpts from Partch's diary :: December, 1935
  • Running Time: 8 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1935-1936

>Partch, Harry : Bitter Music, musical excerpts from Partch's diary :: February 1, 1936 - San Bernardino
  • Running Time: 4 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1935-1936

>Word, Spoken : Harry Partch :: Interview with Eugene Paul (Interview)
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Partch, Harry : Yankee Doodle Fantasy, for soprano, tin flutes, tin oboe, flex-a-tones & chromelodeon
  • Performers: Harry Partch (Chromelodeon); Donald Thompson (Oboe); Donald Thompson (Tin Whistle)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1944

>Partch, Harry : O frabjous day!, for intoning voice, harmonic canon & bass marimba
  • Performers: Danlee Mitchell (Marimba); Harry Partch (Harmonic Canon)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1954

>Partch, Harry : Recorded Interviews & Speeches :: You are charged with being guilty. Are you drunk or not drunk?. . .
  • Running Time: 1 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Partch, Harry : Ring Around the Moon, for baritone & Partch instruments
  • Conductor: Horace Schwartz
  • Ensemble: Gate 5 Ensemble of the World
  • Running Time: 9 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1952-1953

>Partch, Harry : Bless this home, for intoning voice, oboe, adapted viola, kithara, harmonic canon & mazda marimba
  • Performers: Danlee Mitchell (Harmonic Canon); Danlee Mitchell (Kithara)
  • Conductor: John Garvey
  • Running Time: 3 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1961

>Partch, Harry : Recorded Interviews & Speeches :: Harry's Wake [Spoken]
  • Performer: Harry Partch (Piano)
  • Running Time: 46 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern