The Harry Partch Collection, Volume 4
Liner Notes   Cat. No. 80624     Release Date: 2005-01-01

The Bewitched-A Dance Satire (1956)

Freda Schell, The Witch; The University of Illinois Musical Ensemble, John Garvey, conductor The Chorus of Lost Musicians (in order of appearance): William Olson, Chorus Leader (male solo voice), Marimba Eroica; Warren Smith, Bass Marimba; Thomas Gauger, Boo (Bamboo Marimba); Michael Donzella, Spoils of War; George Andrix, Cloud-Chamber Bowls; Danlee Mitchell, Diamond Marimba; Jack McKenzie, Surrogate Kithara and Gongs; Georgi Mayer, Harmonic Canon (Castor); Barbara Grammar, Harmonic Canon (Pollux); Sanford Berry, Kithara (right side); Jan Bach, Kithara (left side); Warren Birkett, clarinet; Joseph Firrantello, bass clarinet; Charles Delaney, piccolo; Carol Zuckerberg, koto; Peter Farrell, cello; Herbert Bielawa, Chromelodeon

METICULOUSLY REMASTERED FROM THE ORIGINAL MONO MASTER TAPES!

The Bewitched was Partch's first work solely intended for dance (and mime-dance at that; he was not overly enamored in his lifetime of so-called "modern dance"). Drawing heavily from his deep affection for the music-theatrical performance traditions of Greek theater, as well as those from Africa, Bali, and Chinese opera, Partch conceived of a contemporary American music ritual-theater where musicians not only play, but also function at times as movers-singers-actors. Such is the case of The Bewitched, where the instruments are the set, in front of (and around) which dancers "dance," but where the onstage musicians also move and sing. Partch's masterpiece has been lovingly remastered from the original mono masters and the 24-page booklet includes never-before-published photographs from productions of The Bewitched. This is the definitive document of this very important work.

"The Bewitched is in the tradition of world-wide ritual theatre. It is the opposite of specialized. I conceived and wrote it in California in the period 1952-55, following the several performances of my version of Sophocles' Oedipus. In spirit, if not wholly in content, it is a satyr-play. It is a seeking for release-through satire, whimsy, magic, ribaldry-from the catharsis of tragedy. It is an essay toward a miraculous abeyance of civilized rigidity, in the feeling that the modern spirit might thereby find some ancient and magical sense of rebirth. Each of the 12 scenes is a theatrical unfolding of nakedness, a psychological strip-tease, or-a diametric reversal, which has the effect of underlining the complementary character, the strange affinity, of seeming opposites."              —Harry Partch

University of Illinois Musical Ensemble

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Track Listing

The Bewitched - Prologue: The Lost Musicians Mix Magic
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The Bewitched - Scene1: Three Undergrads Become Transfigured In A Hong Kong Music Hall
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The Bewitched - Scene 2: Exercises In Harmony And Counterpoint Are Tried In A Court Of Ancient Ritual
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The Bewitched - Scene 3: The Romancing Of A Pathological Liar Comes To An Inspired End
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The Bewitched - Scene 4: A Soul Tormented By Contemporary Music Finds A Humanizing Alchemy
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The Bewitched - Scene 5: Visions Fill The Eyes Of A Defeated Basketball Team In The Shower Room
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The Bewitched - Scene 6: Euphoria Ascends A Sausilito Staircase
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The Bewitched - Scene 7: Two Detectives On The Trail Of A Tricky Culprit Turn In Their Badges
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The Bewitched - Scene 8: A Court In Its Own Contempt Rises To A Motherly Apothesis
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The Bewitched - Scene 9: A Lost Political Soul Finds HimselfAmong The Voteless Women Of Paradise
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The Bewitched - Scene 10: The Cognoscenti Are Plunged Into A Demonic Descent While At Cocktails
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Bewitched - Epilogue
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