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Evenings on the Roof:
Harry Partch Series No. 2

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 91 min
Event Type: Music Program Origin: KPFK

From a program recorded in 1965, Peter Yates plays Harry Partch's "Revelation in the Courthouse Park" a piece of musical theater based on “The Bacchae” by Euripides. Part eccentric and part genius, Harry Partch was famous for his 43-note microtonal scale, typically played on instruments of his own design. Partch often incorporated dance or theatrics in his compositions, with this work “Revelation in the Courthouse Park” being one of his most large scale dramatic efforts. Although Partch died in 1974, a cohort of past students and enthusiasts have kept his legacy alive, and while this work only got one performance during his lifetime, in 1960 at the University of Illinois, it has since been performed again and was even released on CD in 1987.

Part 1 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  Revelation in the Courthouse Park [part 1, text based on Euripides’s “Bacchae’] (1959-60) / Harry Partch
Genres:  Music Theater; Microtonal Music
Subject:  Microtonal music; Unconventional instruments; Music theater
People:  Yates, Peter; Partch, Harry, 1901-1974; Euripides
First Broadcast Date:  8/27/1966
 
Part 2 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  Revelation in the Courthouse Park [part 2, text based on Euripides’s “Bacchae”] (1959-60) / Harry Partch
Genres:  Music Theater; Microtonal Music
Subject:  Microtonal music; Unconventional instruments; Music theater
People:  Yates, Peter; Partch, Harry, 1901-1974; Euripides
First Broadcast Date:  8/27/1966
 
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