Harry Partch, the startlingly original 20th-century American composer, will be the focus of a rare three-day festival this week, in an event sponsored by New England Conservatory and Northeastern University. Partch was an inventor of scales and of instruments, an emancipator of consonance, a lively wit who trained his critical intelligence on what he viewed as the stale conventions not just of the compositional craft but of classical music culture itself.
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