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The Bewitched Import

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  • Audio CD (18 Nov. 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Composers Recordings Inc.
  • ASIN: B000005TYV
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 879,050 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. The Bewitched: Prologue: The Lost Musicians Mix Magic
  2. The Bewitched: Scene 1: Three Undergrads Become Transfigured In A Hong Kong Music Hall
  3. The Bewitched: Scene 2: Excercises In Harmony And Counterpoint Are Tried In A Court Of Ancient Ritual
  4. The Bewitched: Scene 3: The Romancing Of A Pathological Liar Comes To An Inspired End
  5. The Bewitched: Scene 4: A Soul Tormented By Contemporary Music Finds A Humanizing Alchemy
  6. The Bewitched: Scene 5: Visions Fill The Eyes Of A Defeated Basketball Team In The Shower Room
  7. The Bewitched: Scene 6: Euphoria Descends A Sausalito Stairway
  8. The Bewitched: Scene 7: Two Detectives On The Trail Of A Tricky Culprit Turn In Their Badges
  9. The Bewitched: Scene 8: A Court In Its Own Contempt Rises To A Motherly Apothesis
  10. The Bewitched: Scene 9: A Lost Political Soul Finds Himself Among The Voteless Women Of Paradise
  11. The Bewitched: Scene 10: The Cognoscenti Are Plunged Into A Demonic Descent While At Cocktails

Product description

Sick of the seriousness of "the dance" and theater, American iconoclast Harry Partch wrote this "dance-satire" from 1952 to '55. Set in the mystical realm of the University of Illinois, Partch's 10 vignettes catapult the absurd into the life of the everyday student and audience member--and that life, in turn, on stage, is snapped right back into the absurd (representative titles: "Visions Fill the Eyes of a Defeated Basketball Team in the Shower Room," "The Cognoscenti Are Plunged into a Deep Descent While at Cocktails"). While the musicians and dancers intermingle indiscriminately on stage (the former performing on Partch's notorious carefully constructed and invented microtonal instruments), the theater rings with the cadences inspired by Chinese musical theater, erratic to the Western ear. That as the foundation becomes punctuated, when necessary, by wild percussion swirls, the odd screaming frenzy, solemn-march patterns, and scatters of bells: all in a delightfully shameless unpredictable fashion. --Robin Edgerton

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