First Performances

Harry Partch - "Delusion of the Fury," musikFabrik, Ruhrtriennale 2013

Let us imagine we are approaching the shore of an unknown island, taking part in an expedition. With great surprise, we recognise that the island is inhabited. Strange-looking but seemingly friendly people step out of the woods; they wave to us and invite us to take part in a big celebration. A ritual is being performed in our honour with exotic music played on exotic instruments. The unfamiliar sounds accompany a narrative that we cannot fully grasp. Two men are fighting; the winner spares the life of the loser. Then, in Act Two, a woman enters the scene: she seems to have lost a goat from her herd, she argues with a guy who is deaf and cannot help her; all of a sudden there is a big party going on and everyone is cheering happily. We are left stunned by the mysterious performance, by its energy and physicality, by the impact of its sounds and rhythms.

Journal Tempo
Year 2014
Volume 68
Issue 267
Pages 68-69

Mörchen, Raoul (2014) First Performances: Harry Partch - "Delusion of the Fury," musikFabrik, Ruhrtriennale 2013. In: Tempo, Vol. 68, No. 267, pp. 68-69. Available at


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