Phil Keeney's Letters

compiled by Jonathan M. Szanto

The following is a short correspondence between Phillip Keeney and Harry Partch, when Phil was a young man in the early 1970's. At the end of this correspondence Phil moved to San Diego to work with/for Harry, which he did until Harry passed away in late 1974, Still a San Diego resident, Phil was a valued performer in numerous Partch productions during the years 1974-1984, and has graciously allowed us to share this correspondence with our readership.

What follows are not scholarly documents leading to profound intonational or historical discoveries; rather, these letters bring to light some of Harry's feelings during the last year of his life, and offer a glimpse of him that reminds me of his dark days, his not infrequent optimism and the ever-present warm concern for his friends, new and old. The following typographic conventions have been used to give, short of reproducing the letters as graphics files, a sense of their layout:

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Of course, my thanks to Phil for sharing these personal momentos with us -- JMS

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