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Free eBook Bitter Music: Collected Journals, Essays, Introductions, and Librettos (Music in American Life) download ISBN: 0252016602
Author: Harry Partch
Publisher: University of Illinois Press; First Edition edition (March 1, 1991)
Language: English
Pages: 487
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Bitter Music presents Partch's ideas about the place of music in society, his work as a composer, his compositions, and his unique instrume Harry Partch was a maverick, an innovative composer whose adoption of the principles of just intonation forced him to invent new musical instruments capable of producing the pitches required by his the-octave scale.

Now in paper for the first time, Bitter Music is a generous volume of writings by one of the . Music in American Life.

Now in paper for the first time, Bitter Music is a generous volume of writings by one of the twentieth century's great musical iconoclasts. Rejecting the equal temperament and concert traditions that have dominated western music, Harry Partch adopted the pure intervals of just intonation and devised a e scale, which in turn forced him into inventing numerous musical instruments. It also includes essays and discussions by Partch of his own compositions, as well as librettos and scenarios for six major narrative/dramatic compositions. University of Illinois Press.

Bitter Music : Collected Journals, Essays, Introductions and Librettos.

The American composer Harry Partch (1901–1974) composed in tunings not . Bitter Music: Collected Journals, Essays, Introductions, and Librettos (1991; published posthumously) University of Illinois Press.

A collection of essays, journals, and librettos by Partch was published posthumously as Bitter Music: Collected Journals, Essays, Introductions, and Librettos 1991. Enclosure 3 (1997) Innova.

University of Illinois Press, (c)1991. Physical Description: xxx, 487 p. : il. music ;, 24 cm. Title: Music in American life. Bibliography, etc. Note

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Bitter Music: Collected Journals, Essays, Introductions, and Librettos (Music in American Life) by Harry Partch (1991-03-01).

Bitter Music collects writings by one of the twentieth century's great musical iconoclasts. Thomas McGeary is the compiler of The Music of Harry Partch: A Descriptive Catalog and a contributor to The Blackwell History of Music in Great Britain. His compositions realize his ideal of a corporeal music that unites music, dance, and theater.

Music of Harry Partch: A Descriptive Catalog. Brooklyn: Institute for Studies in American Music, City University of New York, 1991. Bitter Music: Collected Journals, Essays, Introductions, and Librettos. Barbs and Broadsides. Percussive Notes 18, no. 3 (Summer 1981): 6–15. Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 1991.

The American composer Harry Partch composed using scales of unequal intervals in just intonation, derived from the natural Harmonic series; these scales allowed for more tones of smaller intervals than in the standard Western tuning, which uses twelv.

The American composer Harry Partch composed using scales of unequal intervals in just intonation, derived from the natural Harmonic series; these scales allowed for more tones of smaller intervals than in the standard Western tuning, which uses twelve equal intervals. One of Partch's scales has 43 tones to the octave. To play this music, he built many unique instruments, with names such as the Chromelodeon, the Quadrangularis Reversum, and the Zymo-Xyl.

Now in paper for the first time, "Bitter Music" is a generous volume of writings by one of the twentieth century's great musical iconoclasts. Rejecting the equal temperament and concert traditions that have dominated western music, Harry Partch adopted the pure intervals of just intonation and devised a 43-tone-to-the-octave scale, which in turn forced him into inventing numerous musical instruments. His compositions realize his ideal of a corporeal music that unites music, dance, and theater. Winner of the ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award, "Bitter Music" includes two journals kept by Partch, one while wandering the West Coast during the Depression and the other while hiking the rugged northern California coastline. It also includes essays and discussions by Partch of his own compositions, as well as librettos and scenarios for six major narrative/dramatic compositions.
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uspeh
Bitter Music is an important contribution that Harry Partch makes to the literature of composer's writings and reflections. It contains two remarkable journals, numerous inspiring and original essays (often detailing his philosophic justifications for his outlook as well as his aesthetic) and his librettos, introductions and prefaces to many of his pieces. Several of Partch's essays in particular inspired me to take a more original and experimental view of how to compose and how to consider western music at a time when that perspective was most needed and so for me this book is essential. Perhaps you may find this true for yourself.
Cyregaehus
This collection is a great insight into the thought and creative process of one of America's most fascinating composers. Passionate, original, non-academic, this collection exemplifies a mind committed to the working out of ideas. The early journals, essays mostly from the middle years and librettos from later work - it's not necessarily a cohesive body of work but it's a welcome antidote to the memoirs of more academic composers whose work slices smaller and smaller into a worked ground. Parallel with Partch's search for the sounds between the notes, is his search for the ideas between the ideas. Partch continually questions, continually searches, as if trying to resynthesise concept and sound world in a vital performance art. You can dip into this collection repeatedly and continue to come up refreshed.
Freaky Hook
Bitter Music (as well as the other writings in the collection) reads like a journal, a storybook, and a score simultaneously. The pages are riddled with colorful characters, bizarre situations, and wondrous insights into the musical mind of a brilliant transient.