Partch, Harry. (1901 - 1974)
"The Bewitched" - Signed and Inscribed LP
Rare signed LP, released by Partch himself on his own private Gate 5 label, this copy signed and inscribed on the back of the sleeve: "For Pat Ford – Harry Partch. June 1970." Some edge wear and partial splits to the sleeve, overall very good. Record present but untested.
Autograph material is very scarce from the American composer and instrument creator who was one of the first twentieth-century composers to work extensively and systematically with microtonal scales. He wrote much of his music for custom-made instruments that he built himself, tuned in 11-limit (43-tone) just intonation.
Partch's "Dance Satire" The Bewitched, is "one of his longest continuous works of music and perhaps the most successful realization of his ideas about ritual theater, which he hoped in vain to make obsolete the "music drama" of Richard Wagner, to be produced and recorded during Partch's own lifetime. Indeed, The Bewitched has an almost Wagnerian scale, but is wildly different in just about every other way. To what extent can be gauged simply by mentally visualizing one of Partch's characteristic scene settings: 'Visions Fill the Eyes of a Defeated Basketball Team in the Shower Room.'" (John Garvey, "All Music")