RARE 1946 - Harry Partch, 'U.S. Highball' 3 × 12", 78 RPM, Album, Red Vinyl
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May 11, 2016 Sold Date
May 1, 2016 Start Date
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You are bidding on a rare one-of-a-kind item by American avant-garde composer Harry Partch, 'U.S. Highball' 3 × 12", 78 RPM, Album, Red Vinyl plus booklet.


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Recorded in 1946 at Warren Gilson's home in Madison, Wisconsin with technical assistance from James Jacobs and Edgerton Paul. Pressed in an edition of only 100 copies and sold by word of mouth with no advertising as a three record set..

Harry Partch (born June 24, 1901 in Oakland, California – September 3, 1974) was one of the first composers in the West to work systematically with microtonal scales, he also invented and built instruments on which to play his compositions.

bio from harrypartch.com: Harry Partch (1901-1974), one of the greatest and most individualistic composers of all time, was not only a great composer, but an innovative theorist who broke through the shackles of many centuries of one tuning system for all of Western music, a music instrument inventor who created dozens of incredible instruments for the performance of his music, and a musical dramatist who created his own texts and dance/theatre extravaganzas based on everything from Greek mythology to his own experiences as a hobo. Between 1930 and 1972, he created one of the most amazing bodies of sensually alluring and emotionally powerful music of the 20th century: music dramas, dance theater, multi-media extravaganzas, vocal music and chamber music---mostly all performed on the instruments he built himself. 

"U. S. HIGHBALL is an account of "Slim's" trans-continental hobo trip, in a speech-music style. Compositionally and geographically it is in three sections: an introductory "highball" from Carmel, California, to Green River, Wyoming; a middle movement of hobo reminiscences at Little America, Wyoming; and a final "highball" over the road from Little America to Chicago."

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On May-07-16 at 09:47:33 PDT, seller added the following information:

Below is the information requested on the owner from the executor of the estate: My aunt (actually a second cousin once removed) was Rosanne Klass. I’ve attached her obit from the New York Times by way of background. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/24/world/asia/rosanne-klass-advocate-of-the-afghan-people-dies-at-86.html?_r=0 She was a writer and traveler. For a period of 11 years, 1951 to 1962, she was married to a man named Bill (William Archer). He was an ethnomusicologist and music critic. They met at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, where they were both students. They lived in Madison for several years, before traveling to Afghanistan to live and work. I’m sure the Partch records (as well as most of the other unusual records) were purchased either directly by Bill, or under his guidance, and became part of their joint collection, which Rosanne retained after their divorce. I’ve also attached a pdf about Bill Archer. http://www.ethnomusicology.org/?page=SF_Memorials_Archer&hhSearchTerms=%22william+and+kay+and+archer%22 I hope this is helpful. Just let me know if there are other questions. Regards, Steve Marshall Stephen T Marshall Preliminary Executor Estate of Rosanne Klass

On May-07-16 at 16:44:36 PDT, seller added the following information:

hi OTBmusic, thank you very much for all that info, much appreciated! it's actually quite interesting that Rosanne Klass ex-husband William Archer actually wrote two reviews on Partch's music, one on this very recording, in the Daily Cardinal on October 11, 1946, as well as an article on microtonality in 1951. This article is listed in the back of Partch's book Genesis of a Music. So quite a close connection then between this recording and Partch himself!. Thanks Chris

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