13 ottobre 2014


Una nuova edizione di Plectra and Percussion Dances, uno dei cicli musicali più ritmici e gioiosi nell'intera produzione di Harry Partch, ripristina parti sostanziali assenti nelle prime registrazioni, quelle di inizio anni Cinquanta, divenute punto di riferimento obbligato per ogni successiva interpretazione: la cura l'etichetta indipendente Bridge Records, specializzata in classica contemporanea. C'è anche un commento parlato dello stesso Partch, raccolto in occasione della prima diffusione radiofonica del lavoro, nel 1953.

The Plectra and Percussion Dances (1952) are the first of Partch's major works to be wholly instrumental in conception. They stand in relation to Oedipus as a satyr play in relation to a Greek tragedy-hence the work's subtitle, Satyr-Play Music for Dance Theater. He felt that after the prolonged period of composition and production of Oedipus it was "almost a necessity to give vent to feelings and ideas, whims and caprices, even nonsense, that seem to have no place in tragedy." These pieces are in a sense all-rhythm and tend toward a swinging, percussive approach that makes the music's unusual harmonic properties easy to digest. Castor and Pollux were later re-recorded for CBS and are among Partch's signature pieces; Ring Around the Moon, Even Wild Horses, and Ulysses at the Edge (written for Chet Baker, but never played by him) are considerably more obscure and appear complete for the first time, having been edited somewhat for the original Gate 5 LP releases.

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