American composer Harry Partch was a true individualist. Abandoning both the form and tonality of the 300-year-old symphonic tradition, the maverick composer and theorist set out to explore uncharted regions of sound and performance through the creation of his own highly unusual, highly sculptural instruments. The music world rejected him, and critics of the day called Partch crazy -- some even compared him to Don Quixote. Partch, though, was far from a madman who tilted at windmills; rather, he was a visionary genius who... More >>>
Harry Partch, happy to strangle anybody who called himself his pupil, in Sausalito circa 1954.