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Henry Cowell : a man made of music

Author: Joel Sachs
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 2012. ©2012
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
Joel Sachs offers the first complete biography of one of the most influential figures in twentieth-century American music. Henry Cowell, a major musical innovator of the first half of the century, left a rich body of compositions spanning a wide range of styles. But as Sachs shows, Cowell's legacy extends far beyond his music. He worked tirelessly to create organizations such as the highly influential New Music  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Biographies
Named Person: Henry Cowell; Henry Cowell; Henry Cowell
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Joel Sachs
ISBN: 9780195108958 0195108957 9780190227920 0190227923
OCLC Number: 149136921
Description: xvii, 600 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Prologue. Of the three ladies, Henry, and some others --
Part one. Child to man. Clarissa, Harry and their child ; Henry ; Years of voyage ; The turning point ; The expanding circle ; Beginning a bi-coastal life ; Genesis of a theoretical system ; Henry goes to war ; Marketing Henry --
Part two. International ultramodernist virtuoso. The trio ; Conquering Europe, first attempt (1923) ; Attacking the American market ; Europe again (1926) ; Making it in America, scene 2 ; Europe, third installment (1929) ; New musical resources ; New projects and old (1929-1931) --
Part three. The frenetic years. Looking beyond Europe from Berlin ; American interlude ; Berlin again ; The end of virtuosity ; The new technologies ; Collapsing dreams ; American composition or Americanist music ; Surveying the larger musical world ; Music and politics ; Henry and his circle ; A doomed romance ; Compositions of 1929-1936 ; Thirty-nine --
Part four. Four endless years. Life stops ; The hearing ; Arriving and adjusting: the first summer ; The second day of reckoning ; Living with it ; Living with it (continued) ; The melody book and other ideas ; Toward the exit --
Part five. Life resumes. The first six months ; First turning point ; Problem solved ; End of an era ; The war effort ; Old friendships renewed ; Figs ; A settled life ; Simplicity ; Collaborations and an Ives biography ; Europe again --
Part six. World traveler. The big trip ; Iran, I ; India ; Iran, II ; Change of plans ; A new radicalism, 1957-1961 ; Asia again ; Years of honor, 1961-1963 ; The Cold War again ; Home again, 1963-1964 ; Finale ; Who was Henry Cowell?
Responsibility: Joel Sachs.
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Henry Cowell: A Man Made of Music is the first complete biography of one of the most innovative figures in twentieth-century American music. It explores in detail the complexities and impact of his  Read more...


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