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The Harry Partch Collection Vol 3

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>Partch, Harry : The Dreamer That Remains - A Study in Loving, film score for voices, chorus & 15 Partch instruments
>Partch, Harry : Rotate the Body in All Its Planes, music for an exhibition of gymnasts for soprano, chorus, traditio
>Partch, Harry : Windsong, film score (revised as "Daphne of the Dunes")
>Partch, Harry : Water! Water!, intermission for voices, choruses, original & Partch instruments (considered unfinish

Album Summary

>Partch, Harry : The Dreamer That Remains - A Study in Loving, film score for voices, chorus & 15 Partch instruments
>Partch, Harry : Rotate the Body in All Its Planes, music for an exhibition of gymnasts for soprano, chorus, traditio
>Partch, Harry : Windsong, film score (revised as "Daphne of the Dunes")
>Partch, Harry : Water! Water!, intermission for voices, choruses, original & Partch instruments (considered unfinish
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composer
Notes & Reviews:

Personnel: Harry Partch (guitar); Freda Pierce (soprano); Adrienne Kole (guitar); Danlee Mitchell (kithara, marimba, harmonic canon); Lyndel Davis, Michael Ranta (kithara); Uni Thomas, Mark Cleghorn (violin); David Dunn , Howard Osborn (viola); Elizabeth Krohne (cello); Robert Ruckrigel, Frank Bowen (piccolo); Eddie Allen (clarinet, drums); John Ginther (bass clarinet); Maxx Murray (soprano saxophone); Michael Esselstrom, Thomas Knox, Kent Hermsmeyer, Cecil Bridgewater (trumpet); Melaniusz Gienko, William Brahms (trombone); Aaron Johnson (tuba); Thomas Turner, Francis Thumm, Andru Donalds , James Weaver (chromelodeon); Dorcas Ann Newton, Jonathan M. Szanto, Michael Combs (marimba); Arthur Schildbach, James Stutsman, Thomas Siwe (marimba eroica); James Vandament (drums); William Parsons (percussion); Mark Johnson , Jonathan Glasier, Dennis Dunn, Dwyane Thomas (harmonic canon).

Recording information: Chicago, IL (1958-1972); San Diego, CA (1958-1972); University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL (1958-1972); Urbana Champaign (1958-1972).

A collection of four rare and super-rare works by Partch for film and stage played on his original instruments. The Dreamer That Remains -- A Study in Living (1972) was created as a soundtrack for Stephen Pouliot's film of the same name, a documentary about Partch's life including a poetic protest against the prohibition of public displays of homosexuality (a gentle sequence with two men in a park). Windsong (1958) for ten of Partch's instruments, was written for a film by Madeline Tourtelot on the subject (suggested by Partch) of Daphne and Apollo; it is a "collage of sounds...fast cuts... translated into musical terms...dead trees, driftwood, falling sand, blowing tumbleweed, flying gulls, wriggling snakes, waving grasses." Rotate the Body in All Its Planes -- Ballad for Gymnasts (1961) was in fact written for a gymnastic exhibition at the Huff Gymnasium of the University of Illinois which was elegantly filmed by Madeline Tourtelot. Water! Water! -- An Intermission with Prologues and Epilogues (1961) is a rarely heard evening-long satirical farce based on Partch's conviction that the intermission, with the audience rushing out for "water!" or other libation, was the real focal event of a concert or theatrical event and that the two halves were prologues and epilogues to this break. There's a great libretto set in the mythical city of Santa Mystiana where the scheming mayor tries to get the Jazzmen, who travel with water witches, to make it rain and stop the drought and fill the dam, but they won't do it because the gods have not been properly propitiated; the baseball game is cancelled, there's a trial, ghosts of Indian runners report on calamity in the Caucasian world, and the dam is destroyed in a deluge. ~ "Blue" Gene Tyranny



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Works Details

>Partch, Harry : The Dreamer That Remains - A Study in Loving, film score for voices, chorus & 15 Partch instruments
  • Performer: Harry Partch
  • Conductor: Jack Logan
  • Ensemble: Harry Partch (Composer)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1972
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Partch, Harry : Rotate the Body in All Its Planes, music for an exhibition of gymnasts for soprano, chorus, traditio
  • Performer: Freda Pierce (Soprano)
  • Conductor: John Garvey
  • Ensemble: Harry Partch (Composer)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1961
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Partch, Harry : Windsong, film score (revised as "Daphne of the Dunes")
  • Performers: Harry Partch (Kithara); Harry Partch (Chromelodeon); Harry Partch (Harmonic Canon); Harry Partch (Marimba)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1958
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Partch, Harry : Water! Water!, intermission for voices, choruses, original & Partch instruments (considered unfinish
  • Performers: Jane Daily (Voice); Cynthia Schwartz (Voice); Harry Partch
  • Conductor: John Garvey
  • Ensemble: Gate 5 Ensemble
  • Running Time: 3 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1961
  • Studio/Live: Studio