The Harry Partch Collection Volume 1

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1 Eleven Instrusions VIII.1949-XII.1950: 1. Study on Olympos' Pentatonic 01:25 $1.49 Buy
2 Eleven Instrusions VIII.1949-XII.1950: 2. Study on Archytas' Enharmonic 02:07 $1.49 Buy
3 Eleven Instrusions VIII.1949-XII.1950: 3. The Rose 01:47 $1.49 Buy
4 Eleven Instrusions VIII.1949-XII.1950: 4. The Crane 01:46 $1.49 Buy
5 Eleven Instrusions VIII.1949-XII.1950: 5. The Waterfall 01:16 $1.49 Buy
6 Eleven Instrusions VIII.1949-XII.1950: 6. The Wind 01:49 $1.49 Buy
7 Eleven Instrusions VIII.1949-XII.1950: 7. The Street 02:51 $1.49 Buy
8 Eleven Instrusions VIII.1949-XII.1950: 8. Lover 01:58 $1.49 Buy
9 Eleven Instrusions VIII.1949-XII.1950: 9. Soldiers - War - Another War 02:07 $1.49 Buy
10 Eleven Instrusions VIII.1949-XII.1950: 10. Vanity 00:53 $1.49 Buy
11 Eleven Instrusions VIII.1949-XII.1950: 11. Cloud-Chamber Music 04:07 $1.49 Buy
12 Castor & Pollux. A Dance for the Twin Rhythms of Gemini, 1952: I. Castor. Leda and the Swan/Insemina 07:46 44.1/16 Album only
13 Castor & Pollux. A Dance for the Twin Rhythms of Gemini, 1952: II. Pollux. Leda and the Swan/Insemin 07:54 44.1/16 Album only
14 Ring Around the Moon. A Dance Fantasm for Here and Now, 1952: Phase 1. Well, Bless My Soul! (Well, B 02:53 $1.49 Buy
15 Ring Around the Moon. A Dance Fantasm for Here and Now, 1952: Phase 2. One,Two,Three - X, Y, Z 02:17 $1.49 Buy
16 Ring Around the Moon. A Dance Fantasm for Here and Now, 1952: Phase 3. Shake hands now, boys, and at 03:00 $1.49 Buy
17 Ring Around the Moon. A Dance Fantasm for Here and Now, 1952: Phase 4. Mumbo jumbo, hocus pocus, hoi 01:36 $1.49 Buy
18 Even Wild Horses. Dance Music for an Absent Drama, 1952: Act I, Scene I. A Decent and Honorable Mist 02:47 $1.49 Buy
19 Even Wild Horses. Dance Music for an Absent Drama, 1952: Act I, Scene II. Rhythm of the Womb - Melod 03:05 $1.49 Buy
20 Even Wild Horses. Dance Music for an Absent Drama, 1952: Act I, Scene III. Happy Birthday to You! (A 02:51 $1.49 Buy
21 Even Wild Horses. Dance Music for an Absent Drama, 1952: Act II, Scene I. "Nor These Lips Upon Your 03:31 $1.49 Buy
22 Even Wild Horses. Dance Music for an Absent Drama, 1952: Act II, Scene II. "Hunger, Thirst, Shouts, 02:16 $1.49 Buy
23 Even Wild Horses. Dance Music for an Absent Drama, 1952: Act II, Scene III. "Land of Darkness and of 03:35 $1.49 Buy
24 Even Wild Horses. Dance Music for an Absent Drama, 1952: Act III, Scene I. "Had I Not Once a Lovely 02:52 $1.49 Buy
25 Even Wild Horses. Dance Music for an Absent Drama, 1952: Act III, Scene II. "Let Us Contemplate Unda 02:34 $1.49 Buy
26 Ulysses at the Edge, 1955 06:43 $1.49 Buy

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Eleven Intrusions, Castor and Pollux, Ring Around the Moon, Even Wild Horses, Ulysses at the Edge

Harry Partch, principal vocals (Eleven Intrusions); Gate 5 Ensemble (Sausalito), Horace Schwartz, conductor (Plectra and Percussion Dances: Castor and Pollux, Ring Around the Moon, Even Wild Horses); Gate 5 Ensemble (Evanston, Illinois) (Ulysses at the Edge)

This newly remastered reissue marks a welcome return to the catalog of the first volume of the classic 4-CD collection that was formerly available on the CRI label. The works recorded on this disc span the first six years of what Harry Partch (1901-1974), slightly tongue-in-cheek, called the "third period" of his creative life. They show him moving away from the obsession with "the intrinsic music of spoken words" that had characterized his earlier output (the vocal works of 1930-33 and 1941-45) and towards an instrumental idiom, predominantly percussive in nature. This path was to take him through the "music-dance drama" King Oedipus (1951)--the culmination of his "spoken word" manner--to the "dance satire" The Bewitched (1954-55), in which his new percussive idiom manifests itself. The three works on this disc show Partch before, during, and after this period of transition.

In their quiet, forlorn way, the Eleven Intrusions are among the most compelling and beautiful of Partch's works. The individual pieces were composed at various times between August 1949 and December 1950, and only later gathered together as a cycle. Nonetheless they form a unified whole, with a nucleus of eight songs framed by two instrumental preludes and an essentially instrumental postlude.

Although foreshadowed by the dance sequences of King Oedipus, the Plectra and Percussion Dances (1952) are the first of Partch's major works to be wholly instrumental in conception. They stand in relation to Oedipus as a satyr play in relation to a Greek tragedy--hence the work's subtitle, "Satyr-Play Music for Dance Theater." He felt that after the prolonged period of composition and production of Oedipus it was "almost a necessity to give vent to feelings and ideas, whims and caprices, even nonsense, that seem to have no place in tragedy."

The final work on this disc is Ulysses at the Edge, written at Partch's studio at Gate 5 in July 1955. Ulysses, which Partch describes as a "minor adventure in rhythm," is unique among his mature compositions in that, in its original form, it did not call for any of his own instruments. The version recorded here, for alto and baritone saxophones, Diamond Marimba, Boo, Cloud-Chamber Bowls, and speaking voice, is considered the third version of the piece.

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"The Eleven Intrusions are among the most compelling and beautiful of Partch's compositions, the main product of a lonely, isolated period he spent in Gualala California." - Corporeal