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Harry Partch: Twelve Intrusions

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 58 min
Event Type: Interview and Music Program Origin: KPFA

From a program originally broadcast in 1956, avant-garde composer Harry Partch discusses receiving notoriety for using a scale of 43 separate tones, and for his original instruments, with additional references to his "Genesis of a Music". There is also a brief introduction to, and then the playing of, Partch’s "Twelve Intrusions," the recording of which is played by five musicians under Partch's direction. The pieces are: “Study in an Ancient Phrygian Scale”, “Study in the Ancient Greek Enharmonic Scale”, “The Rose”, “The Crane”, “The Wind”, “The Waterfall”, “The Letter”, “The Street”, “Vanity”, “Lover”, “Soldiers/War/Another War”, and “Chamber Music”. “Plectra & Percussion Dances” is the final piece and includes three sections: “Castor and Pollux”, “Ring Around the Moon”, and “Even Wild Horses”.

Musical Selections:  Study in an Ancient Phrygian Scale -- Study in the Ancient Greek Enharmonic Scale -- The Rose [text by Ella Young] (1942) -- The Crane (1945) -- The Wind [texts by Ella Young & Lao-Tze] -- The Waterfall [text by Ella Young] (1946-50) -- The Letter (1943) -- The Street [text by Willard Motley] (1946-50) -- Vanity [text by Giuseppe Ungaretti] (1946-50) -- Lover [text by George Leite] (1946-50) -- Soldiers/War/Another War [text by Giuseppe Ungaretti] (1946-50) -- Plectra & Percussion Dances: Castor and Pollux (1952) ; Ring Around the Moon (1952-53) ; Even Wild Horses [text by Arthur Rimbaud] (1949-53)
Performers:  Gate Five Ensemble
Horace Schwartz, conductor
Genres:  Microtonal Music; Unconventional Instruments
Subject:  Partch, Harry, 1901-1974; Microtonal music; Unconventional instruments; New music; Instrumental ensembles; Songs with instrumental ensemble; Ballets; Monologues with music; Music theater
People:  Partch, Harry, 1901-1974; Schwartz, Horace ; Young, Ella, 1867-1956; Laozi; Motley, Willard, 1909-1965; Ungaretti, Giuseppe, 1888-1970; Leite, George ; Rimbaud, Arthur, 1854-1891
First Broadcast Date:  5/1/1956
 
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