Music of Harry Partch Vol.3: Sonata Dementia
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Cat No: BRIDGE9525
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 14th June 2019
Cancion de Los Muchachos (trad. Isleta Indian chant)
Ulysses at the Edge of the World - A Minor Adventure in Rhythm
And a demented sonata? Oh yes! Though the composer never performed or recorded it, his 1950 composition Sonata Dementia is in three movements: I. Abstraction & Delusion, II. Scherzo Schizophrenia, and III. Allegro Paranoia. Filled to the brim with humour, flights of fancy, and a febrile imagination, it was later reworked as 'Ring Around the Moon', but what a treat to hear the original in all its zany glory.
The bonus tracks reveal even more lost treasures: here is the original 1904 Edison recording of the Native American 'Canšion' that Partch had transcribed in the 1930s and used to close his final Intrusion 'Cloud Chamber Music'. But best of all, the first-ever recording of Partch as performer, playing what is probably his most famous piece, Barstow: 8 Hitchhiker Inscriptions in front of a live audience in 1942, just a year after it was written.
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