ISBN-10:
0252069137
ISBN-13:
9780252069130
Pub. Date:
06/02/2000
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
Bitter Music: Collected Journals, Essays, Introductions, and Librettos

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

by Harry Partch, Thomas McGearyHarry Partch

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Overview

Bitter Music collects 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 as he hiked the rugged northern California coastline. It also includes Partch's essays on and discussions of his own compositions, as well as librettos and scenarios for six major narrative/dramatic works.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780252069130
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Publication date: 06/02/2000
Series: Music in American Life
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 520
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

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. He also received an ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award for his translation and edition of Arnold Schoenberg's "Brahms the Progressive" for the Journal of the Arnold Schoenberg Institute.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xiii
Introduction xv
PART 1 Two Journals
Bitter Music
3(130)
End Littoral: The Journal of a Hiking Trip
133(26)
PART 2 Essays and Lectures
Patterns of Music (1940)
159(3)
Bach and Temperament (1941)
162(3)
W. B. Yeats (1941)
165(4)
The Kithara (1941)
169(5)
Show Horses in the Concert Ring (1948)
174(7)
No Barriers (1952)
181(3)
The Ancient Magic (1959)
184(4)
A Somewhat Spoof (1960)
188(3)
The University and the Creative Arts: Comment (1963)
191(2)
Monoliths in Music (1966)
193(3)
A Quarter-Saw Section of Motivations and Intonations (1967)
196(5)
PART 3 Introductions and Prefaces
Barstow (1941)
201(3)
U.S. Highball---A Musical Account of Slim's Transcontinental Hobo Trip (1943)
204(4)
U.S. Highball---A Musical Account of a Transcontinental Hobo Trip (1957)
208(5)
King Oedipus (1952)
213(5)
Oedipus (1954)
218(3)
The Rhythmic Motivations of Castor and Pollux and Even Wild Horses (1952)
221(7)
Plectra and Percussion Dances (1953)
228(3)
Some New and Old Thoughts after and before The Bewitched (1955)
231(8)
A Soul Tormented by Contemporary Music Looks for a Humanizing Alchemy: The Bewitched (1957)
239(5)
Revelation in the Courthouse Park (1969)
244(3)
Observations on Water! Water! (1962)
247(3)
Delusion of the Fury (1965)
250(9)
PART 4 Librettos and Scenarios
U.S. Highball---A Musical Account of a Transcontinental Hobo Trip
259(8)
Oedipus---Dance-Drama
267(38)
The Bewitched---A Dance Satire
305(14)
Revelation in the Courthouse Park---After The Bacchae of Euripides
319(58)
Water! Water!---An Intermission with Prologues and Epilogues
377(66)
Delusion of the Fury---A Ritual of Dream and Delusion
443(22)
Sources and Notes 465(16)
Index 481

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