Henry Dixon Cowell was an American composer, music theorist, pianist, teacher, publisher, . of his output—important works from this era include The Banshee ( ), requiring numerous playing methods such as pizzicato and longitudinal. Henry Cowell’s The Banshee an audience sits in the dark facing a grand piano on a brightly lit stage. The piano’s lid angles upward, the keyboard waits for. Henry Cowell. Publisher: AMP. The Banshee (). Publisher. Associated Music Publishers Inc. Category. Solo Keyboard(s). Year Composed.
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Discussion of this nomination can be found on the talk page. In he recorded searching, vivid performances of twenty of his seminal piano pieces for a Folkways album. Chrome Firefox Safari Internet Explorer. The twenty-four measures of the Larghetto and the eight of the Trio are each modular; though Cowell offers some suggestions, any hypothetically may be included or not and played once or repeatedly, allowing the piece to stretch or contract at the performers’ will—the practical goal being to give a choreographer freedom to adjust the length and character of a dance piece without the usual constraints imposed by a prewritten musical composition.
Cowell as a young man. His extrovert playing, which involved bashing clusters of notes with his fists and arms, or plucking the piano strings, enthralled audiences and appalled many critics.
Although all the bansjee are indicated and the piece is in rough ABA form with specific tempo instructions, these are not easily perceived by the listener, who hears only an eerie, otherworldly shrieking and wailing. Share on facebook twitter tumblr. He also had a life-long interest in world music which he shared with his wife, ethnomusicologist Sidney Robertson Cowell. Cowell was elected to the American Institute of Arts and Letters in Musician, composer, music theoristimpresario.
Six Casual Developmentsfor clarinet and piano, sounds like something Jimmy Giuffre would compose thirty years later. In Cowell founded the periodical New Music Quarterlywhich would publish many significant new scores under his editorship, both by the ultra-modernists and many others, including Ernst Bacon, Otto LueningPaul Bowlesand Aaron Copland.
In a Guggenheim fellowship enabled Cowell to go to Berlin to study comparative musicology the predecessor to ethnomusicology with Erich von Hornbostel. He had been radical politically, too, before. The programme contains archive recordings of Cowell talking about his music and approach to composition. His contribution to the world of music was summed up by Virgil Thomsonbanhsee in the early s: There is no other quite cowel it.
One of these, The Bansheehas become one of the composer’s best-known works; it also manifests Cowell ‘s longstanding interest in Irish mythology. Cowell biographer Michael Hicks describes the work as one of Cowell’s “most prescient” and “proto-minimalist” p.
Many of his later works are based on American folk musicsuch as the series of eighteen Hymn and Fuguing Tune s —64 ; folk music had certainly played a role in a number of Cowell’s prewar compositions, but the provocative transformations that had been his signature were now largely abandoned. In MayCowell was arrested on a “morals” charge for allegedly having oral sex with a seventeen-year-old boy.
Cowell was granted a pardon in No other composer of our time has produced a body of works so radical and so normal, so penetrating and so comprehensive.
Claire Cunningham, Guy Livingston. Introspection Late Night Partying. Its next concert, in Aprilfocused on the U. Correct dating and orthography of titles throughout is based on the standard musicography, The Music of Henry Cowell: Soon, however, the Rhythmicon would be virtually forgotten, remaining so until the s, when progressive pop music producer Joe Meek experimented with its rhythmic concept.
Instrumental, Chamber and Vocal Music, Vol. Beginning in the early s, Cowell toured widely in North America and Europe as a pianist, playing his own experimental works, seminal explorations coqell atonalitypolytonalitypolyrhythmsand non-Western modes. Submit Your Photo Title.
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AllMusic Featured Composition Noteworthy. Growing up on the West Coast, he had been exposed to a great deal of what is now known as ” world music “; along with Irish airs and dances, he encountered music from China, Japan, and Tahiti. The Piano Music of Henry Cowell. Cowell’s endeavors with string piano techniques were the primary inspiration for John Cage hehry development of the prepared piano.
Some have said that the result of this inside-the-piano technique is reminiscent of electronically generated sound. Kwabena Nketiaand Irwin Swack  were among his postwar students—and served as a consultant to Folkways Records for over a decade beginning in the early s, writing liner notes and editing such collections as Music of the World’s Peoples —61 he also hosted a radio program of the same name  and Primitive Music of the World Often, composers represent these moments with dark timbres, minor keys, sad languishing melodies, or grotesqueries of dance.
Cowell had contributed to the Eiffel Tower project at the behest of Cage, who was not alone in lending support to his friend and former teacher. Given that a many of the dates listed for Cowell’s piano pieces in the Folkways liner notes are incorrect see Hicks , p. From the New World: Born in rural Menlo Park, Californiato two bohemian writers—his father was an Irish immigrant and his mother, a former schoolteacher, had relocated from Iowa—Cowell demonstrated precocious musical talent and began playing the violin at the age of five.
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Conlon Nancarrowon meeting him for the first time inreported, “The impression I got was that he was a terrified person, with a feeling that ‘they’re going to get him. Interpreters of the piece are invited to simultaneously perform two or even three versions of the same movement on multiple pianos.
While jailed awaiting a court hearing, he wrote a full confession accompanied by a request for leniency on the basis that “he was not exclusively homosexual but was in fact in love with a woman he hoped to marry”.