Guide to Harry Partch playing his Cloud-Chamber Bowls instrument photographs C0491
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Harry Partch was an American composer, music theorist, and inventor of musical instruments. Born in 1901 in Oakland, California, Partch held a lifelong interest in music and musical composition. Partch found most of his creative success later in life when he held a residency at the University of Illinois from 1956 - 1962. It was there that he created many of the musical instruments he is known for. Partch's compositions exclusively used the instruments he created, including his Cloud-Chamber Bowls. Partch passed away in 1974.
Two black and white photographs of Harry Partch playing his Cloud-Chamber Bowls instrument, taken March 10 and 11, 1962. Both photographs are inscribed on the back with the phrase "Harry Partch plays one of his invented instruments - Cloud Chamber Bowls[.]" One of the photographs has a news clipping glued to the verso which details the subject of the photos. There are also a number of stamps on the back of the photographs exhibiting the chain of custody. The photographs appear to have been first taken and owned by "Daily News" which is most likely the New York Daily News.
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The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Sousa Archives and Center for American Music hold the Harry Partch Estate Archive and the Music and Performing Arts Library Harry Partch Collection.
Partch, Harry, 1901-1974
Harry Partch playing his Cloud-Chamber Bowls instrument photographs, C0491, Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University Libraries.
Purchased by Steve Gerber in July 2012.
Processing completed by Amanda Brent in October 2021. EAD markup completed by Amanda Brent in October 2021. This item was formerly part of the Performing Arts Manuscript Materials collection, C0215.
"About Partch." HarryPartch.com, accessed October 7, 2021.https://www.harrypartch.com/instruments.
Britannica, T. Editors of Encyclopaedia. "Harry Partch." Encyclopedia Britannica, accessed October 7, 2021. https://www.britannica.com/biography/Harry-Partch.
"Instruments." HarryPartch.com, accessed October 7, 2021.https://www.harrypartch.com/instruments.