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Partch: Bitter Music

Partch Ensemble

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The first volume of Bridge's Music of Harry Partch consists of a reading of his Depression-era journal and fragmentary pieces he wrote while traveling up and down the west coast of the United States, living as a hobo. During 1935 and early 1936, Partch kept a diary he called Bitter Music, which included drawings and musical sketches about the people and songs he heard around him. Over time, the book was destroyed, though it was preserved on microfilm; some of Partch's drawings and musical ideas are presented in the booklet included with this three-CD set by the PARTCH ensemble. The text is read by John Schneider, and Garry Eister provides the vocals and piano for the pieces that appeared in the diary or were referred to in its pages. This is a prodigious amount of material for listeners to get through, since most of the tracks are spoken word, and the musical snippets are intermittent and easy to miss because of their brevity. Students of Partch's music will recognize certain idiosyncrasies of melody and the colloquial delivery that informed later pieces, such as Barstow and U.S. Highball, though little here anticipates the novel tunings, instrumentation, and techniques of his mature works. Instead, this is a revelation of Partch's life as a transient, and day-to-day concerns dominate his entries. The last track on the third disc is a short recording of Partch's voice, briefly recounting the origins of Bitter Music.
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Bitter Music (Harry Partch)

1
No. 1, Preface
Partch Ensemble
00:07:26

Paul West, Artist - Harry Partch, Composer - Garry Eister, Artist - Partch Ensemble, Ensemble, MainArtist - Richard Valitutto, Artist

(C) 2011 Bridge Records (P) 2011 Bridge Records

2
No. 2, June 11, 1935, Santa Rosa, California
Partch Ensemble
00:14:41

Paul West, Artist - Harry Partch, Composer - Garry Eister, Artist - Partch Ensemble, Ensemble, MainArtist - Richard Valitutto, Artist

(C) 2011 Bridge Records (P) 2011 Bridge Records

3
No. 3, June 15, Harrington Ranch, San Joaquin Delta
Partch Ensemble
00:09:46

Paul West, Artist - Harry Partch, Composer - Garry Eister, Artist - Partch Ensemble, Ensemble, MainArtist - Richard Valitutto, Artist

(C) 2011 Bridge Records (P) 2011 Bridge Records

4
No. 4, June 24, Today Is My Birthday
Harry Partch
00:06:06

Harry Partch, Lyricist, MainArtist

(C) 2011 Bridge Records (P) 2011 Bridge Records

5
No. 5, London, October 1934
Harry Partch
00:03:35

Harry Partch, Lyricist, MainArtist

(C) 2011 Bridge Records (P) 2011 Bridge Records

6
No. 6, By the Rivers of Babylon
Partch Ensemble
00:03:25

Paul West, Artist - Harry Partch, Composer - Garry Eister, Artist - Partch Ensemble, Ensemble, MainArtist - Richard Valitutto, Artist

(C) 2011 Bridge Records (P) 2011 Bridge Records

7
No. 7, I Draw My Last Bow, and There Is Silence
Partch Ensemble
00:11:58

Paul West, Artist - Harry Partch, Composer - Garry Eister, Artist - Partch Ensemble, Ensemble, MainArtist - Richard Valitutto, Artist

(C) 2011 Bridge Records (P) 2011 Bridge Records

8
No. 8, Wimbledon, London, March 1935
Partch Ensemble
00:13:05

Paul West, Artist - Harry Partch, Composer - Garry Eister, Artist - Partch Ensemble, Ensemble, MainArtist - Richard Valitutto, Artist

(C) 2011 Bridge Records (P) 2011 Bridge Records

DISC 2

1
No. 9, Harrington Ranch, June 24, 1935
Partch Ensemble
00:13:37

Paul West, Artist - Harry Partch, Composer - Garry Eister, Artist - Partch Ensemble, Ensemble, MainArtist - Richard Valitutto, Artist

(C) 2011 Bridge Records (P) 2011 Bridge Records

2
No. 10, July 20, Heading North, Between Sacramento and Redding
Partch Ensemble
00:07:42

Paul West, Artist - Harry Partch, Composer - Garry Eister, Artist - Partch Ensemble, Ensemble, MainArtist - Richard Valitutto, Artist

(C) 2011 Bridge Records (P) 2011 Bridge Records

3
No. 11, July 25, Blue Ox Lodge, Seattle, Washington
Partch Ensemble
00:11:42

Paul West, Artist - Harry Partch, Composer - Garry Eister, Artist - Partch Ensemble, Ensemble, MainArtist - Richard Valitutto, Artist

(C) 2011 Bridge Records (P) 2011 Bridge Records

4
No. 12, August 5, Toledo
Harry Partch
00:08:47

Harry Partch, Lyricist, MainArtist

(C) 2011 Bridge Records (P) 2011 Bridge Records

5
No. 13, August 11, SERA Camp, Ingot
Partch Ensemble
00:07:00

Paul West, Artist - Harry Partch, Composer - Garry Eister, Artist - Partch Ensemble, Ensemble, MainArtist - Richard Valitutto, Artist

(C) 2011 Bridge Records (P) 2011 Bridge Records

6
No. 14, September 1, Cisco
Partch Ensemble
00:13:02

Paul West, Artist - Harry Partch, Composer - Garry Eister, Artist - Partch Ensemble, Ensemble, MainArtist - Richard Valitutto, Artist

(C) 2011 Bridge Records (P) 2011 Bridge Records

DISC 3

1
No. 15, October 22 , Nearing Monterey
Partch Ensemble
00:08:16

Paul West, Artist - Harry Partch, Composer - Garry Eister, Artist - Partch Ensemble, Ensemble, MainArtist - Richard Valitutto, Artist

(C) 2011 Bridge Records (P) 2011 Bridge Records

2
No. 16, Letter form Hobo Pablo
Partch Ensemble
00:03:29

Paul West, Artist - Harry Partch, Composer - Garry Eister, Artist - Partch Ensemble, Ensemble, MainArtist - Richard Valitutto, Artist

(C) 2011 Bridge Records (P) 2011 Bridge Records

3
No. 17, Near Lodi, I Cut the Huge Tokays
Partch Ensemble
00:06:09

Paul West, Artist - Harry Partch, Composer - Garry Eister, Artist - Partch Ensemble, Ensemble, MainArtist - Richard Valitutto, Artist

(C) 2011 Bridge Records (P) 2011 Bridge Records

4
No. 18, October 24, Leaving Big Sur
Partch Ensemble
00:09:44

Paul West, Artist - Harry Partch, Composer - Garry Eister, Artist - Partch Ensemble, Ensemble, MainArtist - Richard Valitutto, Artist

(C) 2011 Bridge Records (P) 2011 Bridge Records

5
No. 19, October 30, Big Creek
Partch Ensemble
00:10:31

Paul West, Artist - Harry Partch, Composer - Garry Eister, Artist - Partch Ensemble, Ensemble, MainArtist - Richard Valitutto, Artist

(C) 2011 Bridge Records (P) 2011 Bridge Records

6
No. 20, November 15, Leaving Santa Barbara
Partch Ensemble
00:09:45

Paul West, Artist - Harry Partch, Composer - Garry Eister, Artist - Partch Ensemble, Ensemble, MainArtist - Richard Valitutto, Artist

(C) 2011 Bridge Records (P) 2011 Bridge Records

7
No. 21, December, 1935, Night, Four Black Walls
Partch Ensemble
00:08:07

Paul West, Artist - Harry Partch, Composer - Garry Eister, Artist - Partch Ensemble, Ensemble, MainArtist - Richard Valitutto, Artist

(C) 2011 Bridge Records (P) 2011 Bridge Records

8
No. 22, February 1, 1936, San Bernadino
Partch Ensemble
00:04:37

Paul West, Artist - Harry Partch, Composer - Garry Eister, Artist - Partch Ensemble, Ensemble, MainArtist - Richard Valitutto, Artist

(C) 2011 Bridge Records (P) 2011 Bridge Records

9
No. 23, Postlude
Harry Partch
00:03:51

Harry Partch, Lyricist, MainArtist

(C) 2011 Bridge Records (P) 2011 Bridge Records

Album Description

The first volume of Bridge's Music of Harry Partch consists of a reading of his Depression-era journal and fragmentary pieces he wrote while traveling up and down the west coast of the United States, living as a hobo. During 1935 and early 1936, Partch kept a diary he called Bitter Music, which included drawings and musical sketches about the people and songs he heard around him. Over time, the book was destroyed, though it was preserved on microfilm; some of Partch's drawings and musical ideas are presented in the booklet included with this three-CD set by the PARTCH ensemble. The text is read by John Schneider, and Garry Eister provides the vocals and piano for the pieces that appeared in the diary or were referred to in its pages. This is a prodigious amount of material for listeners to get through, since most of the tracks are spoken word, and the musical snippets are intermittent and easy to miss because of their brevity. Students of Partch's music will recognize certain idiosyncrasies of melody and the colloquial delivery that informed later pieces, such as Barstow and U.S. Highball, though little here anticipates the novel tunings, instrumentation, and techniques of his mature works. Instead, this is a revelation of Partch's life as a transient, and day-to-day concerns dominate his entries. The last track on the third disc is a short recording of Partch's voice, briefly recounting the origins of Bitter Music.
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