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Evenings on the Roof:
Harry Partch Series No. 4

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 55 min
Event Type: Interview and Music Program Origin: KPFK

After an introduction by Peter Yates, Harry Partch introduces himself, his 43-tone scale, and demonstrates his instruments. A number of Partch's pieces are then heard with a brief introduction to each. Towards the end of the program, Peter Yates reads from an article he wrote describing Partch's music, especially "Revelation in the Courthouse Park." This program was originally recorded in Sept. 1965.

Musical Selections:  [Examples of Partch's 43 note scale and his various instruments] -- [wordless piece marked "steady in an ancient Phrygian scale"] -- [wordless piece marked "steady in a 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 -- The Street [text by Willard Motley] (1946-50)
Genres:  Microtonal Music; Unconventional Instruments
Subject:  Partch, Harry, 1901-1974; Microtonal music; Unconventional instruments ; New music; Instrumental ensembles; Songs with instrumental ensemble; Monologues with music
People:  Yates, Peter; Partch, Harry, 1901-1974; Young, Ella, 1867-1956; Laozi; Motley, Willard, 1909-1965
First Broadcast Date:  9/6/1966
 
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