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Henry Cowell: living in the whole world of music

Nicholls, David (1998) Henry Cowell: living in the whole world of music In, Nicholls, David (eds.) Whole World of Music: A Henry Cowell Symposium. New York, USA, Routledge pp. 1-12. (Contemporary Music Studies).

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It is impossible to contain Henry Cowell within the boundaries of the consistencies of forms, styles, ensembles, and genres of Western art music. John Cage once described Cowell as the "open sesame for new music in America." Of the thousand or so works catalogued by William Lichtenwanger, the majority are formally innovative single movement vocal or instrumental pieces, although there are 20 symphonies, five string quartets, and 8 suites of various kinds. Cowell was also innovative in his use of instruments from different cultures (jalatarang, dragonmouths, Japanese wind glasses, the shakuhachi flute) and in this book, Lou Harrison writes of Cowell's "adventurous promotion of automobile junkyards for the finding of new sounds." In addition, Cowell was a tireless advocate of new music in the West, and Musics from other cultures worldwide, as a teacher, lecturer, publisher, and performer. He founded New Music Quarterly in 1927

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Published date: 7 January 1998


Local EPrints ID: 67441
ISBN: 9789057550041
PURE UUID: 6a1b4d60-114a-4765-ad63-c7c1ae461a65

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Date deposited: 20 Aug 2009
Last modified: 19 Jul 2017 00:19

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Author: David Nicholls
Editor: David Nicholls

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