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Opera and lyrical music
Sheet music for Harry Partch
Female voice and ensemble (tiefe Frauenstimme * B-Klarinette * Adapted Viola * Adapted Guitar II * Kithara II * Twin Harmonic Canons * Surrogate Kithara * Chromelodeon I * Spoils of war (including Whang Gun) * Diamond Marimba * Bass Marimba * Marimba Eroica)
A Ballet Satire. Composed by Harry Partch (1901-1974). This edition: Saddle stitching. Sheet music. Study Score. Classical. Study score, Faksimile-Edition. Composed 1954/1955. 64 pages. Duration 30'. Schott Music #ED 22808. Published by Schott Music (HL.49046108).
Harmonic Canon II and bass Marimba (Performance Score)
Performance Score - Harmonic Canon II and bass Marimba. Composed by Harry Partch (1901-1974). This edition: Saddle stitching. Sheet music. Edition Schott. Performance score, Faksimile-Edition. Composed 1946/1951. 6 pages. Duration 3'. Schott Music #ED 9347. Published by Schott Music (HL.49033025).
Ensemble (Adapted Viola * Kithara II (played from opposite side) * Surrogate Kithara * Harmonic Canons II and III * Chromelodeon I * Cloude-Chamber Bowls * Spoils of War * Gourd Tree * Diamond Marimba, Boo * Bass Marimba and Pre-recorded Tape) - difficult
Soundtrack for Madeline Tourtelot's film 'Windsong'. Composed by Harry Partch (1901-1974). This edition: Saddle stitching. Sheet music. Edition Schott. Movies. Study score, Facsimile edition. Composed 1958/1967. 32 pages. Duration 17'. Schott Music #ED 9330. Published by Schott Music (HL.49033009).
Soprano, choir and chamber orchestra (2 Picc. * 3 Trp. * 2 Trb. * Tb. * Castor & Pollux * Bowls (2) * Snare drum * Bass drum * Spoils of War * Diamond Marimba * Boo (2) * Marimba eroica (2) * Bass Marimba (2) * Chromelodeon I / II * St Bass * Crychord * Adapted guitar * String bass) - difficult
Ballad for Gymnasts. Composed by Harry Partch (1901-1974). This edition: Saddle stitching. Sheet music. Edition Schott. Classical, Contemporary, Facsimile. Study score, Faksimile-Edition. Composed 1961. 28 pages. Duration 9'. Schott Music #ED 9341. Published by Schott Music (HL.49033019).
Bass, low female voice, 2 high sopranos and ensemble (Singstimmen (Bass, tiefe Frauenstimme, 2 hohe Soprane), Cello, Kithara II, Chromelodeon, Bass Marimba, Marimba Eroica, Surrogate Kithara, Spoils of War, Harmonic Canon, Maramboo, Diatonic Model Skindrums, B-Trompete, Bass, B-Klarinette, Diamond Marimba, B) - difficult
A Collection of Small Compositions Written or Rewritten in Summer 1955. Composed by Harry Partch (1901-1974). This edition: Saddle stitching. Sheet music. Edition Schott. Classical. Study score, Facsimile-Edition. Composed 1955. 56 pages. Duration 27'. Schott Music #ED 9353. Published by Schott Music (HL.49033031).
Voice, Chromelodeon, Kithara - difficult
Spoken Expression by Cantor Reuben Rinder of San Francisco. Composed by Harry Partch (1901-1974). This edition: Saddle stitching. Sheet music. Edition Schott. Sacred. Score for voice and/or instruments, Facsimile-Edition. Composed 1932/1943. 8 pages. Duration 3'. Schott Music #ED 9344. Published by Schott Music (HL.49033022).
Original American composer Harry Partch was influenced by no one
nor any musical genre or tradition. A Newsweek citation states: "Harry Partch
is an American visionary and stubborn individualist...
He has built his own musical world out of microtones, hobo speech, elastic
octaves and percussion instruments made from hubcaps and nuclear cloud
chambers. His music is also influenced by "African polyrhythms, ancient Greek
modes, bits of Babylonia and the American diesel engine all gathered into a
richly erotic, primitive, fresh and stirring drama of sound".
Harry Partch describes his creativity as: "I have never been involved with the
development of modern or avant-garde music. I have always been a loner. There
is nothing like my work in the modern world that I know of".
His instruments, all constructed and sculpted by him from scraps and objects
found near Sausalito, California
are probably now stored at the Whitney Museum in New York City.
Two albums were made by Columbia 30 years ago. One is a recording of the
"Delusion of the Fury" on 2 LPs.
The other is called "The World of Harry Partch", consisting of "Daphne of the
Dunes", "Barstow", Eight Hitchhiker Inscriptions from a Highway Railing at
Barstow (California); and "Castor and Pollux", a Dance for Twin Rhythms of
Gemini from Plectra & Percussion Dances. These are played by Danlee Mitchell
and his thirteen member ensemble, all trained by Partch. No conventional
orchestra can play these pieces because they cannot be played on traditional
instruments. The last time these works were played was probably about 25
The names of the instruments, all pictured and described in a beautiful
booklet accompanying both albums are: Cloud chamber bowls,bass
marimba, Kithara, Spoils of War, Zymo-XYL, Boo (Bamboo Marimba),Chromelodeon,
Diamond Marimba, Mazda Marimba, Gourd Tree, Cone Gong, Eucal Blossom,
Quadrangularis Reversum, and Harmonic Canon. Hand instruments consist of:
Bolivian double flute, Ugumbo (a Zulu instrument), Waving drum, Rotating drum,
Belly drum, and Bamboo and Eucalyptus Claves.
I do not know if these Columbia LPs have been transferred to Sony CDs.