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Mark Morris from Ultra-Modernism to Postmodernism

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Importing tuning systems and temporal structures from both ancient and non-Western music into their compositions, West-Coast American composers Henry Cowell, Harry Partch, and Lou Harrison became known as “ultra-modernists.” Mark Morris’s
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  Harry Partch  Barstow, Eight Hitchhiker Inscriptions from a Highway Railing at Barstow, California  (1941, revised: 1942, 1943, 1954 and 1968)   Transcribed from MMDG video - recording of debut programme with help from a transcription on the Corporeal Meadows website at http://www.corporeal.com/lyrical.html#barstow Fast descending pattern in six groups on Diamond Marimba followed by two alternating chords steadily repeated at slow walking pace.   [Speaking/intoning]  Number One .  It’s January 26. I’m freezing.    Ed Fitzgerald. Age nineteen. Five feet, ten inches.    Black hair, brown eyes.   Going home to Boston, Massachusetts.    It’s four p.m., and I’m hungry and broke.    I wish I was dead.    But today I am a man.   [Singing/intoning]  Going home to Boston, uh huh Massachusetts.    It’s four p.m., and I’m hungry and broke.    I wish I was dead.    But today I am a man.   [Both voices together]  Oh I’m going home to Boston, uh huh, Massachusetts.   Fast descending pattern in six groups on Diamond Marimba followed by two alternating chords steadily repeated at slow walking pace.   [Speaking/intoning]  Number Two . Gentlemen: Go to 530 East Lemon Avenue, Monrovia, California, for an easy handout.   [Singing] : Go to 530 East Lemon Avenue in Monrovia, for an easy handout, gentlemen.   Yo ho ho. Yoo hoo hoo. Ya ha ha. Yee hee hee.   [Intoning]  Go to 530 East Lemon Avenue in Monrovia, for an easy handout. Gentlemen.   Yo ho ho. Yoo hoo hoo. Ya ha ha. Yee hee hee. Fast descending pattern in six groups on Diamond Marimba followed by a pattern on the Surrogate Kithara.   Speaking/intoning]  Number Three .  Marie Blackwell, Age nineteen.    Brown eyes, brown hair.   Considered Pretty. [Higher voice]  Aged nineteen   [Lower voice] 118 East Ventura Street,   [Higher voice]  Brown eyes   [Lower voice]  Las Vegas, Nevada.   [Higher voice]  Brown hair    [Both together] Object: Matrimony.      [Singing]  Age nineteen. Brown eyes, brown hair.   Oh, but I’m considered pretty. Here’s where I live: Da da da dah   [Higher singing] 118 East Ventura St. Las Vegas, Nevada. Ta ta ta Tah. Ta ta ta Tah. da da dah. Da Da da    My object is: Yoo Hoo Hooo Matrimony!   Fast descending pattern in six groups on Diamond Marimba, followed by a fast, rising, rhythmic passage.   [Speaking/intoning]  Number Four  .  Dear Marie: A very good idea you have there…I too am on the lookout for a suitable mate…   [Higher voice singing]  118 East Ventura Street, Las Vegas, Nevada!   [Lower voice Speaking]  My description:    No description follows, so he evidently got his ride.   Fast descending pattern in six groups on Diamond Marimba   followed by two alternating chords steadily repeated at slow walking pace.   [Speaking/intoning]  Number Five .  Possible rides:    January sixteenth – fifty - eight. Oh Hell.  January seventeenth -  seventy -  six. Oh Hell. January eighteenth – nineteen. Oh Hell. January nineteenth – six. Oh Hell. January twentieth – eleven. Oh! To hell with it! I’m going to walk.   Fast descending pattern in six groups on Diamond Marimba followed by four rising chords  played at a slow pace.   [Speaking]    Number Six .  Jesus was God in the Flesh. [Singing/Intoning]  Hey hey hey. Hey hey.    Jesus. Jesus was God in the Flesh. Hey hey hey. Hey hey hey.. Hey hey.  Jesus was God in the Flesh. Hey hey hey.  Jesus, Jesus was God in the Flesh. Hey hey hey. Hey. Hey. Hey.  Jesus was God in the Flesh.   Fast descending pattern in six groups on Diamond Marimba, followed by four rising chords  played at a slow pace.   [Speaking]  Number 7  .  Looking for millionaire wife. Good looking, very handsome, etc.  Intelligent. Good ball  - thrower, etc. You lucky women. All you have to do is find me, you lucky women. Name’s George. [Singing]  All you have to do is find me, you lucky women. Name’s George.   Fast descending pattern in six groups on Diamond Marimba followed by four chords at steady, slow walking pace.    [Speaking]  Number 8 .  Here’s wishing all who read this, if they can get a lift, and the best of luck to you. [Intoning] Why in hell did you come anyway?    Damn it anyhow, here I am stuck in the cold.  I’ve come twenty -  seven hundred miles from Chi. Illinois. Slept along the highway. Slept in open box car without top. Went hungry for two days (raining, too). Da da da dah. But they  say there’s a hell, what the hell. What the hell do they think this is?...Do they think about this?    Da da da daaah. Da da da daaah. Da da da daah. Do do do Doh [Intoning]  I’m on my way. One half of desert to the East. Then back to L.A. to try once more.   [Speaking]  Car just passed by – make that two more – three more. Do not think they’ll let me  finish my story…   [Intoning]  Here she comes. A truck. Not a fuck, but a truck. Just a truck. Hoping to get the hell out. Here’s my name: Johnnie Reinwald, 915 South Westlake Avenue. Los Angeles.  Do - o - oh di di doh doh. Do - o - oh di di doh doh. Do - o - oh di di doh doh. Do - o - oh di di doh. [Speaking/intoning]  Here’s wishing all who read this, if they can get a lift, and the best of luck to you. Da da da da. Dah, da dah. [Shouting] Why in hell did you come anyway?!
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