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PARTCH, HARRY - The World of Harry Partch

2019 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.

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