Henry Dixon Cowell was an American composer, music theorist, pianist, teacher, publisher, Another novel method advanced by Cowell, in pieces such as Aeolian Harp (ca. ), was what he dubbed “string piano”—rather than using the. Print and download in PDF or MIDI Aeolian Harp. Henry Cowell’s Aeolian Harp ( ) was one of the first piano pieces ever to feature. Henry Cowell. Publisher: AMP. Aeolian Harp (). Publisher. Associated Music Publishers Inc. Category. Solo Keyboard(s). Year Composed.

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He died in in Shady, New Yorkafter asolian series of illnesses. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. This article has been nominated to be checked for its neutrality. Musician, composer, music theoristimpresario.

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Add to this massive production his long and influential career as a pedagogue, and Henry Cowell’s achievement becomes impressive indeed. Six Casual Developmentsfor clarinet and piano, sounds like something Jimmy Giuffre would compose thirty years later.

His experiments begun three decades ago in rhythm, in harmony, and in instrumental sonorities were considered then by many to be wild. 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. After initially denying the allegation, under questioning he admitted not only to it but to additional sex acts with the teenager and his male friends.

There the quote is datedbut no source is provided. Classicalavant-gardejazzworld fusion. Despite the break in his friendship with Ives, Cowell, in collaboration with his wife, wrote the first major study of Ives’s music and provided crucial support to Harrison as his former pupil championed the Ives rediscovery.

He built on his substantial oeuvre of chamber music, with pieces such as the Adagio for Cello and Thunder Stick that explored unusual instrumentation and others that were even more progressive: Another novel method advanced by Cowell, in pieces such as Aeolian Harp ca.


This page was last edited on 2 Decemberat After cowel, parents’ divorce inhe was raised by his mother, Clarissa Dixonauthor of the early feminist novel Janet and Her Dear Phebe.

That, and the appealing mood that the piece sets, has helped to establish Aeolian Harp zeolian one of Henry Cowell ‘s most popular piano pieces. Inhe further arranged the melody and chords, combined as a work by that same title adolian violin and piano, for violinist Joseph Szigetibut also known as Celestial Violin, HC a. American Composers at the Piano. While receiving no formal musical education and little schooling of any kind beyond his mother’s home tutelagehe began to compose in his mid-teens.

In Negrarin province of Verona Italyis a modern monument Aeolian harp more than six meters high.

Piano Compositions by Henry Cowell. Henry Cowell, John Cage: Rainy Day Relaxation Road Trip. The strings can be made of different materials or thicknesses and all be tuned to the same pitchor identical strings can be tuned to different pitches.

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.

Aeolian Harp – Henry Cowell

Cowell’s cause had been taken up by composers and musicians around the country, although a few, including Ives, broke contact with him. He studied Carnatic theory and gamelanas well, with leading instructors from South India P. Given that a many of the dates listed for Cowell’s piano pieces in the Folkways liner notes are incorrect see Hicks [], p. InCowell had begun writing New Musical Resourceswhich would finally be published after extensive revision in In MayCowell was arrested on a “morals” charge for allegedly having oral sex with a seventeen-year-old boy.

Aeolian harp

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.


And, as Nancarrow observed, there were other consequences to Cowell’s imprisonment: It was on one of these tours that inhis friend Richard Buhlig introduced Cowell to young pianist Grete Sultan in Berlin. Its next concert, in Aprilfocused on the U. 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”.

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. Cowell resumed teaching— Burt BacharachJ. The first entr’acte in Dmitri Shostakovich ‘s opera The Nose is scored for percussion ensemble.

Named for Aeolusthe ancient Greek god of the wind, the traditional Aeolian harp is essentially a wooden box including a sounding boardwith strings stretched lengthwise across two bridges.

AMP first published Aeolian Harp as a piece of sheet music in He claimed that Aeolian Harp was the earliest of his piano string pieces and indicated at times that it pre-dated Box zithers Wind-activated musical instruments. The acoustic part of this tool is composed of a frame that contains a aolian harmonic case. In other projects Wikimedia Commons.

Perhaps liberated by the passage of time and his own seniority, in his final years Cowell again produced a number of individualistic works, such as Thesis Symphony No. Note that cowelll source includes a photograph of a man with a Rhythmicon; the man is not Cowell, as the image’s position in the article implies, but an associate, musical theorist Joseph Schillinger.