Harry Partch | Heiner Goebbels

Delusion of the Fury

It took us into a magical space…an utterly engrossing fantasy world”

Telegraph (U.K.)

Composer Harry Partch

Director Heiner Goebbels

Ensemble Musikfabrik

Director Heiner Goebbels returns to Lincoln Center to present his staging of rebellious California composer and iconic outsider Harry Partch’s final large-scale work. Populated by the rich sounds of Partch’s original instruments, Goebbels’s interpretation of Delusion of the Fury weaves the maverick composer’s idiosyncratic score with lighting, movement, and song into a spectacular sound realm of lightness and humor that can only be described as otherworldly.

The superb musicians of Ensemble Musikfabrik (who brought Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Michaels Reise um die Erde to vibrant life for Lincoln Center Festival 2013) make use of a fantastical array of painstakingly reconstructed Partch instruments to realize the eccentric pioneer’s series of soundscapes which improbably blend a Japanese ghost story with an Ethiopian myth.

Don’t miss percussion and vocal virtuoso David Moss’s performance of a portion of Partch’s musical text Bitter Music on Thursday, July 23.

“It was the sheer exotic beauty of it all that was so beguiling— music that seemed totally unclassifiable but which was performed with coruscating brilliance, combined with a ravishing, mysteriously magical staging.”—Guardian (U.K.)

“Simply sensational: the audience was nearly blown over by Partch's music.”—Die Zeit

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Events related to Delusion of the Fury

Harry Partch: Bitter Music

Presented in association with New York City Center

Produced by Ruhrtriennale – Festival of the Arts. In co-production with Lincoln Center Festival New York, Ensemble Musikfabrik, and the Holland Festival.

Supported by the German Federal Cultural Foundation and the Arts Foundation of North Rhine-Westphalia.

With the friendly assistance of Rudolf Augstein Stiftung and Verein der Freunde und Förderer der Ruhrtriennale e.V.

Ruhrtriennale and Ensemble Musikfabrik are supported by the state of North Rhine-Westphalia.

The Lincoln Center Festival 2015 presentation of Delusion of the Fury is made possible in part by generous support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Arts Foundation of North Rhine-Westphalia.

In collaboration with, and the generous support of the Goethe-Institut and the Federal Foreign Office of Germany

Lead Photo by: Klaus Rudolph.