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Author Granade, S. Andrew, author.

Title Harry Partch, hobo composer / S. Andrew Granade.

Publication Info. Rochester, NY : University of Rochester Press, 2014.


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Brand Library Non-Fiction    780.92 Partch, H GRA    Available
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Description xiii, 351 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Series Eastman studies in music, 1071-9989 ; v. 120
Eastman studies in music ; v. 120.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 327-341) and index.
Contents Prologue: to sound American -- The hobo in Partch's early life and aesthetic -- Interlude 1 : transients and migrants -- The transient journey -- Bitter music -- A knight of the road -- Interlude 2 : hoboes -- U.S. highball : becoming a musical hobo -- A newsboy letter -- Trading on a hobo image -- The strangest kind of hobo -- Epilogue: to be American.
Summary Harry Partch (1901-74) was one of the most distinctive and influential American composers of the mid-twentieth century. During the Great Depression, Partch rode the railways, following the fruit harvest across the country. Although he is renowned for his immense stage works, such as Delusion of the Fury, and his use of highly sophisticated instruments of his own creation, Partch is still regularly called a "hobo composer." Yet few have questioned this label's impact on his musical output, compositional life, and reception. Focusing on Partch the person alongside the cultural icon he represented, this study examines Partch from historical, cultural, political, and musical perspectives. It outlines the cultural history of the hobo from the mid-1800s through the 1960s, as well as those figures associated with the hobo's image. It explores how Partch's music, which chronicled a disappearing subculture, was received, and how the composer ultimately engaged and frustrated popular conceptions of the hobo. And it follows Partch's later years to question his response to the hobo label and the ways in which others used it to define and contain him for over thirty years [Publisher description]
Subject Partch, Harry, 1901-1974.
Composers -- United States -- Biography.
Hobo songs -- History and criticism.
ISBN 9781580464956 (hardcover : alkaline paper)
1580464955 (hardcover : alkaline paper)

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