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U.S. Highball

Album Summary

>Partch, Harry : U.S. Highball, for voices & Partch instruments (from "The Wayward")
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Notes & Reviews:

U.S. Highball is one of the first underground masterpieces in American music. Partch's work explores what, decades laeter, would be called a 'subculture': the hoboes, who traveled across the U.S. in search of work of new experience, defying social conventions and the structures of civilized society. The music evokes the excitement and danger of long journeys hopping freight trains, the camaraderie of the hoboes, the optimism of the journey ahead, the sense of urban life as a prison.

Notes & Reviews:

Personnel: David Harrington, John Sherba (violin); Hank Dutt (viola); Jennifer Culp (cello).

Recording information: Skywalker Sound, Nicasio, CA (08/25/2000/08/26/2000).


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>Partch, Harry : U.S. Highball, for voices & Partch instruments (from "The Wayward")
  • Performer: Kronos Quartet (Strings)
  • Notes: Skywalker Sound, Nicasio, CA (08/25/2000-08/26/2000)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1943-1955