Harry partch 1901 74 was one of the most distinctive and influential american composers of the mid twentieth century during the great depression partch rode the railways following the fruit harvest across the country. Harry partch was a hobo composer at least that was the impression held by most musicians living and working in new york city during world war ii it was an image that made him moderately successful at the time and inspired most of his music from the period but it is also one that has clouded partchs biography. Harry partchs public image has always included the hobo composer label but little attention has been paid to fully examining partchs relationship to the figure and reality of the hobo. Harry partch iconoclastic american composer musical theorist philosophic instrument builder raconteur hobo artist presents unique challenges and aesthetics this site centering on the life and works of partch is maintained by people who knew him worked with him and are familiar with what moved him
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