Sunday, May 2, 2010

The Music of Harry Partch

"I'm a philosophic music man, seduced into carpentry" -H.P.



Here's a strong collection of performances composed by avant-guard microtonal composer, custom instrument inventor, and all-around musical iconoclast, Harry Partch.


Mediafire Download Link: The Music of Harry Partch

1 The Bewitched (Final Scene And Epilogue) 9:39, Conductor - John Garvey Orchestra - University Of Illinois Ensemble* Vocals [Leader Of The Chorus Of Lost Musicians] - William Olson Vocals [Witch] - Freda Pierce *for solo soprano (the Witch), piccolo, clarinet, bass clarinet, cello, kithara, two harmonic canons, koto, surrogate kithara, chromelodeon, cloud chamber bowls, spoils of war, diamond marimba, boo, bass marimba, marimba eroica, chorus of musicians & approximately ten dancers

2 Castor And Pollux (From Plectra & Percussion Dances) 15:38, Orchestra - Gate 5 Ensemble Of Sausalito*( 1952) *for kithara, surrogate kithara, harmonic canon, diamond marimba, cloud chamber bowls & bass marimba (two players)

3 The Letter 2:48, Narrator - Harry Partch, Performer [Instrumental Ensemble] - Ben Johnston , Betty Johnston , Donald Pippin , Harry Partch (1943) *for intoning voice, kithara, harmonic canon,surrogate kithara, diamond marimba, bass marimba

4 Windsong (Excerpts From The Film "Windsong") 11:39, Performer [Composite Instrumental Track] - Harry Partch (1955) *for film by Madeline Tourtelot, rewritten as Daphne of the Dunes (1967)

5 And On The Seventh Day Petals Fell In Petaluma 35:56, Directed By, Composed By - Harry Partch Orchestra - Gate 5 Ensemble Of Sausalito*(1963-66) for adapted guitar, 2 kitharas, surrogate kithara, 5 harmonic canons, 2 chromelodeons, bloboy, koto, crychord, diamond marimba, bass marimba, marimba eroica, boo, cloud chamber bowls, spoils of war, gourd tree, cone gongs, mazda marimba, zymo-xyl, drone devils, gubagubi

2 comments:

Owl Qaeda said...

a fascinating video. daps for the tip.

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