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'Sonata Dementia' is an impressively played album covering Harry Partch / The Guardian

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Performing the music of Harry Partch on the instruments he invented is always challenging, and Bridge's series dedicated to that has been appearing slowly since it launched seven years ago. The latest volume, Sonata Dementia, performed by the eponymous ensemble Partch, is just the third. The work that gives the album its title, recorded for the first time, was Partch's earliest abstract instrumental composition, a sextet using the 43-step musical scale he had devised, though it was left as a set of sketches and not intended for public performance. The rest of this impressively played album is perhaps more interesting, including the 12 Intrusions from 1950, and Ulysses Departs from the Edge of the World, for trumpet, bass and boobams, which Partch composed in 1962 for Chet Baker, though the jazz trumpeter never performed it.

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