Music and Performing Arts Library Harry Partch Collection

Overview

Scope and Contents

Biographical Note

Subject Terms

Administrative Information

Detailed Description

Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI) Collection

Jean Cutler Collection

Oliver Daniel Collection

Betty Freeman Collection

John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Collection

Barnard Hewitt Collection

Robert Kostka Collection

Lynn Ludlow Collection

Lauriston C. Marshall Collection

Danlee Mitchell Harry Partch Collection

Stephen Pouliot Harry Partch Collection

Peter Yates Harry Partch Collection

Subject Files

Musical Scores

Photographs

Bibliography Project files

Oral History Tapes

Performance Tapes

Microfilms, slide strips, video tapes and films

Philip Blackburn Harry Partch Collection

Kenneth Gaburo Harry Partch Collection

Oversize Material

Madeline Tourtelot Harry Partch Collection

Duplicate Tapes



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Finding Aid for Music and Performing Arts Library Harry Partch Collection, 1914-2007 | The Sousa Archives and Center for American Music

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Collection Overview

Title: Music and Performing Arts Library Harry Partch Collection, 1914-2007Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

ID: 35/3/82

Primary Creator: Partch, Harry (1901-1974)

Other Creators: Cutler, Jean (1927-2010), Johnston, Ben

Extent: 23.1 cubic feet

Arrangement:

Series 1: BMI Collection consists of the complete contents of their publicity file about Partch; given in December 1987.

Series 2: Jean Cutler Collection consists of a group of materials documenting Jean Cutler's association with Partch from 1962 to 1970; collection purchased from Jean Cutler in June 1996.

Series 3: Oliver Daniel Collection consists of photocopies (and some originals) of correspondence and articles between and about Partch and Daniel; obtained ca. 1988.

Series 4: Betty Freeman Collection consists of recordings of rehearsals, performances, and interviews, correspondence, transcripts, and publications; the bulk of the collection was donated in January 1979, with supplements in later years, especially 1999.

Series 5: John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Collection consists of photocopies of materials in the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation files.

Series 6: Barnard Hewitt Collection consists of original materials from Barnard Hewitt ; given in 1978.

Series 7: Robert Kostak Collection consists of original materials; purchased from Kostka in November 1987.

Series 8: Lynn Ludlow Collection consists of original and photocopies of brochures, programs, announcements, newspaper and magazine clippings; given in April 1989.

Series 9: Lauriston C. Marshall Collection consists of materials relating to Harry Partch; given to the University of Illinois Music Library by Larry and Lucie Marshall between 1976 and 1980.

Series 10: Danlee Mitchell Harry Partch Collection consists of personal materials relating to Partch; Donated in 1991 on the occasion of a commemorative concert to honor the retirement of Jack McKenzie as Dean of Fine and Applied Arts at UIUC.

Series 11: Stephen Pouliot Harry Partch Collection consists of materials given to the Archive by Stephen Pouliot, in 1990 and 1998.

Series 12: Peter Yates Harry Partch Collection consists of photocopies of materials available in the University of California, San Diego's Mandeville Special Collections Library's Peter Yates Collection.

Series 13: Subject Files consists of original materials collected or created for the Archive, not part of individual collections above.

Series 14: Musical Scores consists of blue-line original or photocopies of Partch autograph scores; assembled from various sources.

Series 15: Photographs consists of photographic material (slides, prints, and negatives transferred from various collections and/or folders.

Series 16: Bibliography Project files consists of originals or photocopies of articles (or sections in books) published about Partch.

Series 17: Oral History Tapes consists of recordings of interviews with or about Partch.

Series 18: Performance Tapes consists of recordings of performances and lectures.

Series 19: Microfilms, slide strips, video tapes and films consists of items in the titular formats.

Series 20: Philip Blackburn Harry Partch Collection consists of materials collected and created by Philip Blackburn in relation to his INNOVA and Enclosures products devoted to publishing materials about Partch under the auspices of the American Composers Forum, Minneapolis.

Series 21: Kenneth Gaburo Papers consist of materials related to The Bewitched and had been in the possession of Philip Blackburn, as part of his INNOVA and Enclosures publication project; transferred to the archive in April 2008.

Series 22: Oversize Materials consists of photograph and posters of Harry Partch and his instruments.

Series 23: Madeline Tourtelot Harry Partch Collection consists of Madeline Tourtelot's own cassettes, tapes, and a book that had been given to Philip Blackburn in relation to his Enclosures publishing project; transferred to the Partch Archive in April 2008 as part of Blackburn's donation of his Enclosures material.

Series 24: Duplicate Tapes consists of 15 1/4" audio tapes made as listening copies by the Music and Performing Arts Library's Special Collections department. These tapes were transferred from MPAL Special Collections in April, 2015, and correspond to the tapes listed on pages 87 to 93 of the 2005 Harry Partch Guide to the Collection linked in Administrative Information.

Date Acquired: 00/00/1975. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Compositions-Music, Instrumental music, Photographs

Formats/Genres: Financial Records, Motion Pictures/Videotapes, Newspaper Clippings, Sound Recordings

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Consists of books, music, films, personal papers, artifacts and sound recordings collected by the staff of the Music and Performing Arts Library and the University of Illinois School of Music documenting the life and career of Harry Partch, and those associated with him, throughout his career as a composer and writer.

See also record series number 35/3/68.

Biographical Note

Born in Oakland, CA in 1901, Harry Partch was an American composer, theorist, instrument designer and performer. He is best known for the work he did with just temperment: developing a 43 tone octave scale, writing pieces to showcase it, and building instruments upon which it could be played. His musical knowledge was largely self-taught and his interest in intonation emerged out of microtonal experimentation conducted on string instruments. Many of his thoughts on the matter are outlined in his 1947 treatise, Genesis of a Music.

By the early 1950s, he had established the Gate 5 Ensemble and record label and begun a musical partnership with fellow composer Ben Johnston that would take him to the University of Illinois in 1956, where Johnston was then teaching. While at Illinois, Partch premiered his large stage work, The Bewitched, as part of the Festival of Contemporary Arts and also composed and had performed the stage works Revelation in the Courthouse Park and Water! Water! He returned to California in 1962 where he completed his last project, the text and music for a film, The Dreamer that Remains before his death in 1974.

Subject/Index Terms

Compositions-Music
Instrumental music
Photographs

Administrative Information

Repository: The Sousa Archives and Center for American Music

Accruals: Many accruals between 1975 and 2015, both in the form of individual collections and individual items.

Acquisition Source: Donation and acquisition

Acquisition Method: In 1975 the Music and Performing Arts Library acquired a set of scores reproduced from Partch's vellum masters through Irv Wilson. The Music and Performing Arts Library Harry Partch Collection was created in 1978 by Professor Ben Johnston and Thomas McGeary for the purpose of collecting relevant material documenting the life and musical work of Harry Partch. The impetus for the Collection was a donation by Lauriston C. Marshall of a group of tapes, recordings, documents, and letters. Over the following decade, many more accretions were added to the archive. Much of the work of collecting, organizing, and cataloging the material has been make possible through a generous grant to the Archive made by Betty Freeman in 1986.


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI) Collection],
[Series 2: Jean Cutler Collection],
[Series 3: Oliver Daniel Collection],
[Series 4: Betty Freeman Collection],
[Series 5: John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Collection],
[Series 6: Barnard Hewitt Collection],
[Series 7: Robert Kostka Collection],
[Series 8: Lynn Ludlow Collection],
[Series 9: Lauriston C. Marshall Collection],
[Series 10: Danlee Mitchell Harry Partch Collection],
[Series 11: Stephen Pouliot Harry Partch Collection],
[Series 12: Peter Yates Harry Partch Collection],
[Series 13: Subject Files],
[Series 14: Musical Scores],
[Series 15: Photographs],
[Series 16: Bibliography Project files],
[Series 17: Oral History Tapes],
[Series 18: Performance Tapes],
[Series 19: Microfilms, slide strips, video tapes and films],
[Series 20: Philip Blackburn Harry Partch Collection],
[Series 21: Kenneth Gaburo Harry Partch Collection],
[Series 22: Oversize Material],
[Series 23: Madeline Tourtelot Harry Partch Collection],
[Series 24: Duplicate Tapes],
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Series 4: Betty Freeman CollectionAdd to your cart.
Betty Freeman met Partch in Pasadena in 1964 and became one of his most important friends, patrons, and sponsors. She helped Partch locate studios, found the Harry Partch Foundation, arrange for the production of "Delusion of the Fury" at U.C.L.A., shared with Partch the purchase of his home in Encinitas, and produced the prize-winning documentary "The Dreamer that Remains". The bulk of the collection was donated in January 1979, with supplements in later years, especially 1999.
Box 3Add to your cart.
(16mm film and 16 mm sound recording tape). The set comprises about 80 small finger rolls (small spools without cores or reels). Various degrees of description are written on the rolls or on the boxes. Transcribed are original titles on boxes with Betty Freeman's annotations.
Item 1: "Hanging Clothes" and "Body and Rose Petal Jam" from "Dreamer that Remains", ca. 1974Add to your cart.
10 16 mm acetate and polyester film fragments. Betty Freeman's annotation: (1) "Scenes of Partch exercising not used in film. Hanging clothes scene was used partially. Worth doing. No sound Mos." and (2) "Partch in Rose Petal Jam Scene. Not used in film. Already edited as we were going to use it, then decided not to. Extremely valuable. Sound and film."
Item 2: Rehearsal scenes from "Dreamer that Remains", ca. 1974Add to your cart.
15 16 mm acetate and polyester film fragments.  Betty Freeman annotation:  "Could be fun to put this together. Rehearsal scene. A lot was not used in the film. Sound and film."
Item 3: Rehearsal scenes from "Dreamer that Remains", ca. 1974Add to your cart.
7 16 mm polyester and acetate film fragments.  Betty Freeman annotation:  "Could be fun to put this together. Rehearsal scene. A lot was not used in the film. Sound and film."
Item 4: Rehearsal scenes from "Dreamer that Remains", ca. 1974Add to your cart.
8 16 mm polyester and acetate film fragments.  Betty Freeman annotation: "Could be fun to put this together. Rehearsal scene. A lot was not used in the film. Sound and film."
Item 5: Rehearsal scenes from "Dreamer that Remains", ca. 1974Add to your cart.
14 16 mm polyester and acetate film fragments.  Betty Freeman annotation: "Could be fun to put this together. Rehearsal scene. A lot was not used in the film. Sound and film."
Item 6: "Ektara" and "Belly Drum and Gumbo" from "Dreamer that Remains", ca. 1974Add to your cart.
9 16 mm polyester and acetate film fragments.  "Ektara" and "Belly Drum and Gumbo" scenes. Betty Freeman annotation: "Not used at all in the film. Should be most valuable. Partch demonstrating Inst. Sound and film."
Item 7: "Ektara" and "Belly Drum and Gumbo" from "Dreamer that Remains", ca. 1974Add to your cart.
7 16 mm polyester and acetate film fragments.  Betty Freeman annotation:  "Ektara and Belly Drum and Gumbo Scenes. Not used at all in the film. Should be most valuable. Partch demonstrating Inst. Sound and film."
Item 8: "Ektara" and "Belly Drum and Gumbo" from "Dreamer that Remains", ca. 1975Add to your cart.
7 16 mm polyester and acetate film fragments. Betty Freeman annotation: "Ektara and Belly Drum and Gumbo Scenes. Not used at all in the film. Should be most valuable Partch demonstrating Inst. Sound and film." Also includes scenes "Bass Dyan" and "Mos Reactions."
Item 9: "Bass Dyad" and "Mos Reactions" from "Dreamer that Remains"Add to your cart.
1 16 mm polyester film reel.  Labelled: "Duad/not coded." Betty Freeman annotation: "Harry making the Bass Dyad. Parts were used in the film but these remaining parts would be most interesting. No sound. We used background music and voice over"
Item 10: "Bass Dyad" and "Mos Reactions" from "Dreamer that Remains", ca. 1974Add to your cart.
1 16 mm acetate film reel.  Betty Freeman annotation: "Harry making the Bass Dyad. Parts were used in the film but these remaining parts would be most interesting. No sound. We used background music and voice over."
Item 11: "Bass Dyad" and "Mos Reactions" from "Dreamer that Remains", ca. 1974Add to your cart.
4 acetate and polyester 16 mm film fragments.  Betty Freeman annotation:  "Harry making the Bass Dyad. Parts were used in the film but these remaining parts would be most interesting. No sound. We used background music and voice over."
Item 12: "Bass Dyad" and "Mos Reactions" from "Dreamer that Remains"Add to your cart.
2 16 mm polyester film fragments.  Betty Freeman annotation:  "Harry making the Bass Dyad. Parts were used in the film but these remaining parts would be most interesting. No sound. We used background music and voice over."
Reel 1: "The Dreamer that Remains", ca. 1974Add to your cart.
16 mm color acetate sound film on 12" reel; 30 minute duration, formerly MP Film/ M1527/P27D73
Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Correspondence from Harry Partch, 1979Add to your cart.
Copies made in 1979.  Correspondence dates from 1964-1974.
Folder 7: Programs, brochures, newspapers clippings, and publicity material, 1966-1977Add to your cart.
Mostly relating to films and concerts in southern California in the 1960s
Folder 8: Correspondence, 1959-1986Add to your cart.
Included are letters from Peter Yates, Steven Pouliot, John McClure, Oliver Daniel, Harold Spivacks, Lou Harrison, Jean Cutler, Virgil Thomson, John Cage, Pauline Oliveros, Jacques Barzun.  Also included are originals and photocopies of letters to and from Betty Freeman regarding Partch.
Folder 9: Correspondence with Peter Yates, 1969-1973Add to your cart.
Originals and photocopies
Folder 10: Correspondence with University of California, San Diego, 1967-1970Add to your cart.
Originals and photocopies of letters with various administrators about Partch's appointment
Folder 11: Correspondence regarding Harry Partch Foundation and distribution of "The Dreamer that Remains", 1970-1972Add to your cart.
Originals and photocopies
Folder 12: Material relating to January 1975 performance of Bewitched at UCLA, 1974Add to your cart.
Originals and photocopies of correspondence, contracts, and publicity material
Folder 13: Material relating to proposed Smithsonian tour, 1968-1975Add to your cart.
Originals and photocopies of correspondence, minutes, and publicity materials
Folder 14: Material relating to lease of house-studio in Solana Beach, 1970Add to your cart.
Originals and photocopies of letters, contracts, and receipts
Folder 15: Final script for "The Dreamer that Remains", undatedAdd to your cart.
Photocopy (22 pp.)
Folder 16: Outline of "Dreamer that Remains" and excerpt from chapter 14 of Genesis of a Music, ca. 1969-72Add to your cart.
(1) Partch's original (and rejected) scenario for The Dreamer that Remains (27 May 1972) (6 pp. with pencil annotations by Betty Freeman) and (2) Copies of a portion of chapter 14 of Genesis of a Music dealing with "Delusion of the Fury"
Folder 17: Material relating to the film "The Dreamer that Remains", ca. 1972-1973Add to your cart.
Originals and photocopies of list of premiere invitees, correspondence, publicity material, order forms, and television listings
Box 5Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Transcripts of interviews conducted for The Dreamer that Remains, undatedAdd to your cart.
Original typescripts and photocopies; speakers in Harry Partch, Danlee Mitchell, Jim Aitkenhead. (Gift in January 1979)
Folder 2: Originals and photocopies of newspaper and periodical articles, book excerpts, "Dreamer that Remains" script, interview transcript, and concert programs, ca. 1952-1985Add to your cart.
Copies and some originals of various research material about Partch; texts to Barstow (3 pp.), "The Dreamer That Remains" (22 pp.); text of interview with Henry Brant (1985)
Folder 3: Original and photocopied articles from periodicals and website about Partch, 1989-1998Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Brochures and announcements for concerts, 1989-1998Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Correspondence about Partch, 1991-1999Add to your cart.
Includes photocopy of 1945 essay on quartertones and correspondence regarding removal of Partch instruments from Purchase College
Folder 6: Correspondence with Philip Blackburn about Enclosures project, 1995-1998Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Genesis of a Music, 1965Add to your cart.
Inscribed by Partch 22 April 1965 with a dedication to Betty Freeman
Folder 9: Interval and Soundings no. 2, Fall 1978Add to your cart.
Box 6Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Enclosure 3: Harry Partch, Ed. Philip Blackburn, 1996Add to your cart.
Excerpts
Folder 2: Source: Music of the Avant Garde, no. 1, 1967Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Source: Music of the Avant Garde, no. 2, 1967Add to your cart.
Box 7Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Typescript with manuscript in ball point pen of movement titles for "And on the Seventh Day Petals Fell in Petaluma", 1966Add to your cart.
(enclosed with Betty Freeman Collection tape no. 1)
Item 1: David Dunn interview with Betty Freeman, Santa Fe, Hotel Coronado, 1988Add to your cart.
Casette tape
Item 2: "The Dreamer That Remains", 1979Add to your cart.
16mm film on 9" reel, 30 minutes, [formerly MP Film/M1527.P27D73]
Item 3: "The Dreamer That Remains", ca. 1973Add to your cart.
16 mm film on 9" reel,  10 minutes, "film of the composition only"
Item 4: "And on the Seventh Day Petals Fell in Petaluma", ca. 1966Add to your cart.
1/4 inch polyester tape on reel, 2-track stereo, 7 1/2 ips, see enclosure and box 7, folder 1 for contents
Item 5: Harry Partch lecture at the University of Hawaii (1/4 track stero, 3 3/4 ips), undatedAdd to your cart.
1/4 inch polyester tape, 1/4 track stereo, 3 3/4 ips, tail out
Item 6: Philip Blackburn and Dean Drummond interview, 1998Add to your cart.
Casette tape of interview by Lianne Hanson about Harry Partch broadcast on NPR radio
Item 7: Otto Luening interview Parts I and II, 1986Add to your cart.
Casette tape of November 22, 1986 interview with Betty Freeman about Partch, 1 of 2
Item 8: Otto Luening Interview Part III, 1986Add to your cart.
Casette tape of November 22, 1986 interview with Betty Freeman about Partch, 2 of 2
Item 9: Rose Petal Jam and film fragments, undatedAdd to your cart.
Two 16 mm film fragments, probably from "Dreamer that Remains"
Item 10: "AFMM Plays Partch", 1994Add to your cart.
Casette tape of American Festival of Microtonal Music with a performance of "U.S. Highball" and "Barstow," given to Betty Freeman by Johnny Reinhard
Disc 1: 43D.P.O., 1990Add to your cart.
CD recording by Syzygys.  Betty Freeman annotation: "The Japanese lady has made her own Partch Chromelodeon, written songs for it, and concertizes with the violinist in night clubs. She presented me this CD in Feb. 1990 when I made a photography exhibition in Tokyo."

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI) Collection],
[Series 2: Jean Cutler Collection],
[Series 3: Oliver Daniel Collection],
[Series 4: Betty Freeman Collection],
[Series 5: John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Collection],
[Series 6: Barnard Hewitt Collection],
[Series 7: Robert Kostka Collection],
[Series 8: Lynn Ludlow Collection],
[Series 9: Lauriston C. Marshall Collection],
[Series 10: Danlee Mitchell Harry Partch Collection],
[Series 11: Stephen Pouliot Harry Partch Collection],
[Series 12: Peter Yates Harry Partch Collection],
[Series 13: Subject Files],
[Series 14: Musical Scores],
[Series 15: Photographs],
[Series 16: Bibliography Project files],
[Series 17: Oral History Tapes],
[Series 18: Performance Tapes],
[Series 19: Microfilms, slide strips, video tapes and films],
[Series 20: Philip Blackburn Harry Partch Collection],
[Series 21: Kenneth Gaburo Harry Partch Collection],
[Series 22: Oversize Material],
[Series 23: Madeline Tourtelot Harry Partch Collection],
[Series 24: Duplicate Tapes],
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