Henry Cowell

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Henry Cowell (/ˈkəl/; March 11, 1897 – December 10, 1965) was an American composer, music theorist, pianist, teacher, publisher, and impresario. His contribution to the world of music was summed up by Virgil Thomson, writing in the early 1950s:

Henry Cowell's music covers a wider range in both expression and technique than that of any other living composer. His experiments begun three decades ago in rhythm, in harmony, and in instrumental sonorities were considered then by many to be wild. Today they are the Bible of the young and still, to the conservatives, "advanced."... No other composer of our time has produced a body of works so radical and so normal, so penetrating and so comprehensive. Add to this massive production his long and influential career as a pedagogue, and Henry Cowell's achievement becomes impressive indeed. There is no other quite like it. To be both fecund and right is given to few.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1992 Classic Ultra-Modernist, Volume 2 (Continuum) Henry Cowell 1
1994 Piano Music Henry Cowell 1
1994 Fiddler's Jig / Air & Scherzo / Concerto grosso / Hymn & Fuguing Tune No. 10 Henry Cowell; Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, Richard Auldon Clark 1
1994 Music for Strings (Northwest Chamber Orchestra Seattle feat. conductor: Alun Francis) Henry Cowell 1
1994 Persian Set (Manhattan Chamber Orchestra feat. conductor: Richard Auldon Clark) Henry Cowell 1
1994 The Bad Boys! George Antheil, Henry Cowell, Leo Ornstein; Steffen Schleiermacher 1
1995 Set of Five, and More (Trio Phoenix) Henry Cowell 1
1997 Sorrel Doris Hays Plays the Piano Music of Henry Cowell Henry Cowell; Sorrel Doris Hays 1
1997 The Universal Flute Henry Cowell; Rachel Rudich 1
1999 Mosaic Henry Cowell; Musicians Accord, Colorado String Quartet 1
2001 American Piano Concertos Henry Cowell 1
2003 Music for Orchestra (The Louisville Orchestra) Henry Cowell 1
2005 A Continuum Portrait: Instrumental, Chamber & Vocal Music, Volume 2 Henry Cowell; Continuum 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1998 Quartet Romantic Henry Cowell 1
2005 American Ultramodernists 1920-1950 Dane Rudhyar, Ruth Crawford, Carl Ruggles, Henry Cowell; Steffen Schleiermacher 1

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
New Music: Piano Compositions by Henry Cowell Henry Cowell 1

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