Harry Partch: An Anthology of Critical Perspectives

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David Dunn
Psychology Press, 2000 - Music - 195 pages
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The legendary Greek figure Orpheus was said to have possessed magical powers capable of moving all living and inanimate things through the sound of his lyre and voice. Over time, the Orphic theme has come to indicate the power of music to unsettle, subvert, and ultimately bring down oppressive realities in order to liberate the soul and expand human life without limits. The liberating effect of music has been a particularly important theme in twentieth-century African American literature.

The nine original essays in Black Orpheus examines the Orphic theme in the fiction of such African American writers as Jean Toomer, Langston Hughes, Claude McKay, James Baldwin, Nathaniel Mackey, Sherley Anne Williams, Ann Petry, Ntozake Shange, Alice Walker, Gayl Jones, and Toni Morrison. The authors discussed in this volume depict music as a mystical, shamanistic, and spiritual power that can miraculously transform the realities of the soul and of the world. Here, the musician uses his or her music as a weapon to shield and protect his or her spirituality. Written by scholars of English, music, women's studies, American studies, cultural theory, and black and Africana studies, the essays in this interdisciplinary collection ultimately explore the thematic, linguistic structural presence of music in twentieth-century African American fiction.


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The Rhythmic Motivations of Castor and Pollux and Even Wild Horses
A Word or Two on the Tuning of Harry Partch
Harry Partchs Cloud Chamber Music
The Relationship of Drama and Music
A Text on the Music of Harry Partch taken from Notes
Verses in Preparation for Delusion of the Fury
Further Memories and Reflections
The Umbilical Cord Still Vibrates
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F. Charles Brunicardi, MD, FACS
DeBakey/Bard Professor and Chairman, Michael E. DeBakey
Department of Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine,
Houston, TX

Associate Editors:
Dana K. Andersen, MD, FACS
Professor and Vice-Chair, Department of Surgery
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Surgeon-in-Chief, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
Baltimore, MD Timothy R. Billiar, MD, FACS
George Vance Foster Professor and Chairman of Surgery
Department of Surgery, University of Pittsburgh School
of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA David L. Dunn, MD, PhD, FACS
Vice President for Health Sciences, State University
of New York, Buffalo, Buffalo, NY John G. Hunter, MD, FACS
Mackenzie Professor and Chair,
Department of Surgery, Oregon Health & Science
University, Portland, OR Jeffrey B. Matthews, MD, FACS
Dallas B. Phemister Professor and Chairman
Department of Surgery, University of Chicago,
Chicago, IL Raphael E. Pollock, MD, PhD, FACS
Head, Divisin of Surgery, Professor and Chairman,
Department of Surgical Oncology, Senator A.M. Aiken, Jr.,
Distinguished Chair, University of Texas M.D.
Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

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