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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Romantic Evening Cowll All Themes. It requires the performer to use both forearms to play massive secundal chords and calls for keys to be held down without sounding to extend and intensify its dissonant cluster overtones. From the New World: Cowell was eventually paroled in ; he relocated to the East Coast and the following year married Sidney Hawkins Henrj —, married name Sidney Robertson Cowella prominent folk-music scholar who had been instrumental in winning his freedom.

Beginning in the early s, Cowell toured widely in North America and Europe as a pianist, playing his own experimental works, seminal explorations of atonalitypolytonalitypolyrhythmsand non-Western modes.

Cowell and his circle were cowsll referred to as “ultra-modernists,” a label whose definition is flexible and origin unclear it has also been applied to a few composers outside the immediate circle, such as George Antheilbahshee to some of its disciples, such as Nancarrow ; Virgil Thomson styled them the “rhythmic research fellows. He studied Carnatic theory and gamelanas well, with leading instructors from South India P.

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He observes, however, that Cowell in his own recording of the piece reiterates certain phrases beyond the specified number. This page hendy last edited on 2 Decemberat Despite the pardon—which allowed him to work at the Office of War Information, creating radio programs for broadcast overseas—arrest, incarceration, and attendant notoriety had a devastating effect on Cowell. Oja; part of the American Composers Orchestra website.


The programme contains archive recordings of Cowell talking about his music and approach to composition. In a Guggenheim fellowship enabled Cowell to go to Berlin to study comparative musicology the predecessor to ethnomusicology with Erich von Hornbostel.

Rassegna di Nuova Musica, Vol. Piano Music issued in Please download one of our supported browsers. Cowell as a young man. The banshee or banshie is a female spirit who alerts a family to the impending death of one of its hdnry by making a wailing sound underneath the windows of the family home.

Born in rural Menlo Park, Californiato two bohemian writers—his father was an Irish immigrant and banshse 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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Henry Cowell

Discussion of this nomination can be found on the uenry page. Pete Davidson blocked Ariana Grande post-split: Its next concert, in Aprilfocused on the U. The liner notes to the Folkways Henry Cowell: Conlon Nancarrowon meeting him for the first time inbbanshee, “The impression I got was that he was a terrified person, with a feeling that ‘they’re going to get him.

His experiments begun three decades ago in rhythm, in harmony, and in instrumental sonorities were considered then by many to be wild. These early experiences helped form his unusually eclectic musical outlook, exemplified by his famous statement “I want to live in the whole world of music.

Given that a many of the dates listed for Cowell’s piano pieces in the Ghe liner notes are incorrect see Hicks [], p. 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. Cowell wrote several original compositions for the instrument, hnry an orchestrated concerto, and Theremin built two more models. Henryy music, written an octave higher than it sounds, requires the player standing at the crook to stroke and pluck the interior strings in one of 12 specified ways using either the flat of the hand, the fingernails, or the flesh of the fingers.

The Banshee, HC 405 (Cowell, Henry)

Piano Musicwritten in and revised inassert that each phrase of Anger Dance “may be repeated many times, depending on how angry the player is able to feel. Many of his later works are based on American folk musicsuch as the bansehe of eighteen Hymn and Fuguing Tune s —64 ghe folk music had henrj played a role in a number of Cowell’s prewar compositions, but the provocative transformations that had been his signature were now largely abandoned.


Maverick Conductor” essay by Carol J. Although all the notes 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.

He died in in Shady, New Yorkafter a series of illnesses. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Views Read Edit View history. Your current browser isn’t compatible with SoundCloud. Interpreters of the piece are invited to simultaneously perform two or even fowell versions of the same movement on multiple pianos.

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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. He also had a life-long interest in world music which he shared with his wife, ethnomusicologist Sidney Robertson Cowell.

Many of the scores published in Cowell’s journal were made even more widely available as performances of them were issued cowelp the record label he established inNew Music Recordings. Cowell resumed teaching— Burt BacharachJ.

These compositions may cause severe nightmares. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. But in his own recording, Cowell expresses a torment, through jagged tempi and ambivalent dynamics all clearly purposefulthat renders Anger Dance very different in character from the work of the American minimalists.