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Artist: PARTCH, HARRY
Title: Bitter Music (Music of Harry Partch Vol. 1)
Format: Triple CD
Label: Bridge
Country: USA
Price: $33.00
"It is an astonishing gift of fate when a creative artist, known to the world for a particular achievement, is suddenly shown in a quite different light thanks to the existence of a single document that has somehow escaped the ruthless culling mechanisms of time. Harry Partchs Bitter Music is such a document, a diary of eight months spent in transient shelters and camps, hobo jungles, basement rooms, and on the open road. This long-lost journal of Harry Partchs wanderings during the Great Depression (from cleaning sewers to having tea with Irish poet W. B. Yeats) is an extraordinary musical portrait of an American pioneer, chronicling his occasionally hilarious and often heartbreaking struggles to forge a new music system outside the classical tradition. This premiere recording of Bitter Music takes the form of readings and collected musical fragments- an aural diary of what was going through Partchs mind and ear during a critical period in his artistic development." - Bridge.

Artist: PARTCH, HARRY
Title: Plectra and Percussion Dances
Format: CD
Label: Bridge
Country: USA
Price: $16.00
"This new recording marks the first complete performance of Harry Partchs major cycle in three parts, Plectra and Percussion Dances. On the original 1953 recording, Castor & Pollux was missing three movements, and the finale, Even Wild Horses, was missing its tenor saxophone part. The virtuosi of Partch give us revelatory interpretations of these stunningly original scores. Also included is a 7 minute spoken introduction, given by the composer in 1953 on the occasion of the broadcast premiere of this work." - Bridge.

Artist: PARTCH, HARRY
Title: The World of Harry Partch
Format: LP
Label: Columbia
Country: USA
Price: $16.00
2015 repress; 180 gram exact repro reissue, originally released in 1969. "The World of Harry Partch collects three of his best short pieces. Daphne of the Dunes (1967) is a side-long update of Windsong written for dance. The melodic segments are given more emphasis than usual for a Partch piece, and harmonically this is one of his best with arpeggiated glides/cries of the Harmonic Canons evoking our sympathies. Meter changes almost measure by measure, with one section in 31/16 meter; another (polymetric) section consists of 4/4-7/4 over 4/8-7/8! Needless to say, while being very physical, Partchs music isnt something you can easily tap your foot to. Whats most important is that it works. Partch was not one to introduce musical complexity merely for its own sake, another factor that separated him from his contemporaries. Not only are the rhythms complex, but they are performed at a frantic pace unequaled by any music Ive hard (save perhaps the inhumanly fast player piano pieces of Conlon Nancarrow!). This is characteristic of most of Partchs works, though I think Daphne is one of the most successful and exhilarating. Barstow -- Eight Hitchhiker Inscriptions from a Highway Railing at Barstow, California was composed in 1941 as part of The Wayward. It offers such statements as Go to 538 East Lemon Avenue for an easy handout and Looking for millionaire wife... This charismatic piece is successful due to the contrasting of Partchs intoning voice with others in the ensemble and to increased instrumental emphasis. Last is Castor and Pollux in a more modern performance than From the Music of Harry Partch, with greater vigor and fidelity. The World of Harry Partch is an excellent introduction to his works that comes highly recommended." - Surface Noise.

Artist: PARTCH, HARRY
Title: Enclosure 7: Harry Partch
Format: DVD
Label: Innova
Country: USA
Price: $18.00
Format: 1 DVD: 140 mins. "Harry Partch (like his friend Anaïs Nin) considered his lifes work to be a letter to the world. His last act was going to be to add the enclosures. He never got around to it. After 20 years of working on the Partch archives, Philip Blackburn has now completed the seven-part Enclosures series as it were on his behalf. Enclosure 7, the culminating DVD of this multimedia series, is a monumental tribute to the most significant works of this American original and iconoclast. It includes new versions of his late masterworks and never-before-seen footage that bring us closer to the real Harry behind the myth. The Dreamer That Remains is a documentary produced by Betty Freeman and directed by Stephen Pouliot in 1972. Here is the directors original cut along with his commentary. If youve never seen Partch or his instruments before, this is the place to start. Delusion of the Fury was his magnum opus; a lifetime of instrument-invention and ideas of ritual theater were poured into this giant work. The 1971 film has been resynched and the soundtrack remastered in 5.1 surround sound. The CBS LPs of this work came with a bonus album of Harry introducing his instruments. Unavailable for years, this DVD features this talk along with a slideshow of the instruments. Revelation in the Courthouse Park was Harrys fusion of current pop idolatry with parallel (only a little more sinister) scenes of ancient Greece. Now you can see excerpts of the original 1960 Illinois production, replete with gymnasts, fireworks, and transvestites. And finally, if you ever wondered how a simple recipe for rose petal jam could turn into a hobo dance and a diatribe about music critics, you are in for a treat." NTSC-DVD video, all regions. - Innova.
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Artist: PARTCH, HARRY
Title: Enclosure 8
Format: DVD
Label: Innova
Country: USA
Price: $18.00
"In 1985, Philip Blackburn climbed the stairs to an attic in Iowa City and started trying to make sense of the boxes piled up there. They contained a composers lifes work: scrapbooks, tapes, photos, letters, scores, and film reels -- fragile treasures documenting the 20th century from a most unusual viewpoint, perhaps the worlds most original musician: Harry Partch. The idea was to publish them and reveal Harry to the world on his own terms. Not as the crabby, homeless, self-taught microtonal musical weirdo and instrument maker, but as that most American of all artists, a truly independent thinker. With Enclosure 8, the work of bringing them to public attention reaches its apotheosis. The Enclosures series (named for the extras Partch wanted to add to his life-long letter to the world) started appearing in 1995 with a VHS video of four films made in collaboration with the Chicago-based film-maker Madeline Tourtelot. Four CDs, two years and one book later, Enclosure 4 appeared featuring his later films: Delusion of the Fury (his culminating ritual-theater work) and a San Diego Public TV documentary, also on VHS. Now the time has come for these to be issued on DVD, extensively restored, re-synched and digitally-remastered from the extant original prints. Until books and CDs become as obsolete as VHS, the Enclosures series is complete and, taken together with the Harry Partch Collection on New World Records, Partchs entire work is available for the first time. Innovas DVD, Enclosure 8, offers not only a chance to see higher quality versions of previously available material, but it also includes two performances made after Partchs death in 1974: a 1981 staged production of his hitchhiker piece, Barstow, directed by Danlee Mitchell, and a 2006 choreographed version of Castor & Pollux, performed by John Schneiders Ensemble Partch! using replicas of Partchs original set of instruments. Films include: Music Studio -- Harry Partch (1958): Partch takes the viewer on a tour of his Chicago home and plays his microtonal instruments. Includes his demonstration of how the soundtrack for Windsong was made. Windsong (1958): the ancient Greek legend of Daphne and Apollo, transported to Lake Michigan. U.S. Highball (1958; completed 1968): Partch and his ensemble perform a dramatized account of riding the rails during the Depression on a transcontinental hobo trip from California to Chicago. Rotate the Body in All Its Planes (1961): Harrys favorite: a ballet for gymnasts. The DVD is accompanied by a 12-page booklet featuring writings by Philip Blackburn, Danlee Mitchell, and Harry Partch." - Innova. Total running time: 126 mins. NTSC format, all regions.
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Artist: PARTCH, HARRY
Title: Enclosure III
Format: Book
Label: Innova
Country: USA
Price: $96.00
Reprinted! Originally released in 1997 and now available again. An unbelievable 528 page limited edition artbook, produced by Partch historian Philip Blackburn. "Lavishly produced from original documents in the Partch archives, a portrait-chronicle of Partchs life and work. Includes reproductions of Partchs writings, over 300 photographs by Partch and others, letters (with correspondents including John Cage, Anaïs Nin, Kenneth Anger, and many others) lectures, sketches, reviews, drawings, and more." - Innova.
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Artist: PARTCH, HARRY
Title: Performed by The Harry Partch Ensemble, The Gate 5 Ensemble
Format: LP
Label: New World
Country: USA
Price: $23.00
"Limited edition LP release (180g vinyl) + free download card. Selecting illustrative works from the lifetime of a creative person is a daunting task; doing so with a singularly individual artist like Harry Partch is all the more difficult. In the more than four decades since Partchs death, interest in his both his life and his compositional output has continued to grow, and there remains a place for documents that can offer insights, suggest paths, and give new life to that creators endeavors. Even as duplicate instrumental ensembles are beginning to appear, and the original Partch instrumental resources have found a new home for performance and study, there is considerable value in returning to the many recordings he crafted over his lifetime of composition and performance. These are recordings that carry not only the stamp of the author, but his voice as well -- Partch himself appears in every single track of this record, either as singer, instrumentalist, or both. This remastered version of The Dreamer That Remains has never been available before and is making its first appearance in any format. The 12-page booklet includes an essay by the Harry Partch Foundations Jon Szanto and numerous rare photographs provided by the foundation and other sources. An invaluable document for both Partch enthusiasts and neophytes! Limited to 700 copies." - New World.

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