June 24, birthday Harry Partch: “And On The Seventh Day Petals Fell In Petaluma”

Harry Partch was the son of missionaries who fled China during the Boxer Rebellion and settled in Arizona. There he grew up listening to songs of the Yaqui Indians, Spanish music, and his mother singing songs in Mandarin Chinese. Classically trained, he rejected Western 12-tone music and composed in just intonation, using semitones. He invented his own instruments on which he could produce his compositions that were written with 29 tones and even 43 tones to the octave.

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3 Responses to June 24, birthday Harry Partch: “And On The Seventh Day Petals Fell In Petaluma”

  1. richibi says:

    what do you say when your parameters have been so clearly expanded, except, maybe, wow, my parameters have been really clearly expanded – cheers, Richard

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  2. kvennarad says:

    And you know what – I totally get him! I totally see/hear where his music’s coming from! Brilliant.

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    • kurtnemes says:

      Really amazing. I’d heard of him back in college, but never managed to find a recording of his music before, so it’s a first time for me, too. Lots to explored on youtube.

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