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Celebrating ‘Harry Partch Legacy’

“The great cathedral of modern music, erected in trial and labor and pain through most of the Christian era, is a safe and beautiful sanctuary,” Harry Partch once wrote. “Its one sad aspect is that it seems to be finished.”

“On the other hand,” he continued, “in the wild, little-known country of subtle tones beyond the safe cathedral, the trails are old and dim, they disappear completely, and there are many hazards.”

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