A four-CD set of historic speech music recordings from the Partch archives. A captivating assemblage of Partch's vocal works (outside of the operas) played on his original instruments and tunings, recorded near the times of their composition. Includes several pithy, humorous, and pointed commentaries by Partch, such as A Wagnerian Wrestling Match, The Use of English in Serious Music, Life Is Too Precious to Spend It With Important People, You Are Charged With Being Guilty. Are You Drunk or Not Drunk? recorded mostly in his later years, and the pieces By the Waters of Babylon, the lovely Ten Li Po Lyrics, Barstow - Eight Hitch-hiker's Inscriptions From a Highway Railing at Barstow, California, San Francisco - Newsboy Cries, U.S. Highball - A Musical Account of Slim's Transcontinental Hobo Trip, While My Heart Keeps Beating Time, Two Settings From Joyce's Finnegan's Wake, Dark Brother, A Quarter-Saw Section of Motivations and Intonations, 36 Extracts from Bitter Music, a hobo journal, Y.D. Fantasy - On the Words of an Early American Tune, O Frabjous Day!, Ring Around the Moon, and Bless This Home.
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