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Composer: Partch, Harry (1901-1971)

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Year of birth1901
Year of death1971
NationalityUnited States
Period20th century
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Musikfabrik parades new Partch instruments in slapstick tragedy

Delusion of the Fury at Lincoln Center © Stephanie Berger
Under the direction of Heiner Goebbels, Ensemble Musikfabrik’s twenty-two multifaceted percussionist-vocalist-actor musicians executed an industrious performance of Partch’s magnum opus, The Delusion of the Fury.
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David Lang’s collected stories is off to an heroic start

Benjamin Bagby © Hillary Scott | Benjamin Bagby
The concert featured two massive tales, one medieval and one of the 20th century; one starring a warrior and the other a hobo.
*****
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Partch UK Premiere creates a Surreal Sunday Experience

In the world of concert music, it is a rare privilege to witness the first ever performance of an instrument in Britain, let alone a whole host that have been specifically created for a piece of music. A stage full of weird and wonderful creations took over the Colston Hall for one of the most surreal concerts I have ever attended.
****1
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