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Program 614: Harry Partch's "The Bewitched"

KALW Broadcast Date: August 21, 2020 | Host: Randall Wong

“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, 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
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Title: The Bewitched
Composer: Harry Partch
Performers: University of Illinois Music Department, John Garvey, cond.
Recording Title: The Bewitched (A Dance Satire By Harry Partch)
Record Label: CRI
Catalog Number: CRI SD 304

r-1066991-1189559309

Title: The Wayward: I. U.S. Highball-A Musical Account Of A Transcontinental Hobo Trip
Composer: Harry Partch
Performers: Gate 5 Ensemble
Recording Title: The Harry Partch Collection Volume 2 
Record Label: CRI
Catalog Number: CD 752

r-1066991-1189559309

Title: The Wayward: III. The Letter
Composer: Harry Partch
Performers: Gate 5 Ensemble
Recording Title: The Harry Partch Collection Volume 2 
Record Label: CRI
Catalog Number: CD 752

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