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Evenings on the Roof:
Harry Partch Series No. 5

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 77 min
Event Type: Music Program Origin: KPFK

From a program originally recorded in 1965 and first broadcast on KPFA on Sept. 6, 1966, Peter Yates introduces several pieces by the avant-garde, American, composer, Harry Partch. Partch is perhaps best known for his compositions utilizing a 43 note scale and performed on his collection of hand made instruments. Many of his works were also theatrical in nature, calling for dancers or actors as well as musicians. This program highlights three such compositions, including his "Even Wild Horses", that had its debut on KPFA.

Musical Selections:  Rotate the Body in All its Planes: Music for an exhibition of gymnasts (1961) / Harry Partch -- Water! Water! [excerpts] (1961-62) / Harry Partch -- Even Wild Horses, Dance Music for an Absent Drama [text by Arthur Rimbaud] (1949"52) / Harry Partch
Performers:  John Garvey, conductor (Rotate the Body)
Freda Pierce, soprano (Rotate the Body)
Gate 5 Ensemble (Wild Horses)
Harry Partch, conductor (Wild Horses)
Genres:  Music Theater; Microtonal Music
Subject:  Microtonal music; Unconventional instruments; Music theater; Ballets; Instrumental ensembles; Songs with instrumental ensemble
People:  Yates, Peter; Partch, Harry, 1901-1974; Rimbaud, Arthur, 1854-1891; Pierce, Freda; Garvey, John
First Broadcast Date:  9/6/1966
 
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