Henry Cowell Bohemian

Henry Cowell  Bohemian Author Michael Hicks
ISBN-10 0252027515
Year 2002
Pages 204
Language en
Publisher University of Illinois Press
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Henry Cowell, Bohemian traces the venerated experimentalist's radical ideas back to his teachers, induding Charles Seeger, Samuel Seward, and E.G. Stricklen, the tight-knit artistic communities in the San Francisco Bay area where he grew up and first started composing, and the immeasurable influence of his parents. Mining the published and unpublished writings of Cowell's mother, a politically motivated novelist from the Midwest who carefully monitored the pulse of her son's creativity from birth, Hicks provides insight into the composer's heritage, artistic inclinations, and childhood.

Henry Cowell

Henry Cowell Author Joel Sachs
ISBN-10 9780199939183
Year 2012-07-09
Pages 624
Language en
Publisher Oxford University Press
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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 Quarterly, New Music Recordings, and the Pan-American Association of Composers, through which great talents like Ruth Crawford Seeger and Charles Ives first became known in the US and abroad. As one of the first Western advocates for World Music, he used lectures, articles, and recordings to bring other musical cultures to myriad listeners and students including John Cage and Lou Harrison, who attributed their life work to Cowell's influence. Finally, Sachs describes the tragedy of Cowell's life, being sentenced to fifteen years in San Quentin -- of which he served four -- after pleading guilty to a morals charge that even the prosecutor felt was trivial. Providing a wealth of insight into Cowell's ideas and philosophy, Joel Sachs lays out a much-needed perspective on one of the giants of twentieth-century American music.

Harry Partch Hobo Composer

Harry Partch  Hobo Composer Author S. Andrew Granade
ISBN-10 9781580464956
Year 2014-10-01
Pages 351
Language en
Publisher Boydell & Brewer
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Examines the impact of Harry Partch's hobo years from a variety of perspectives, exploring how the composer both engaged and frustrated popular conceptions of the hobo.

Substituting a New Order

 Substituting a New Order Author John D. Spilker
ISBN-10 OCLC:699487734
Year 2010
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Language en
Publisher
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Documents in the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Library of Congress, and Fogelman Library at the New School for Social Research demonstrate Henry Cowell's tireless efforts on behalf of dissonant counterpoint, a systematic approach to using dissonance based on subverting the conventional rules of counterpoint that has heretofore been exclusively attributed to Charles Seeger. From the mid 1910s to the mid 1960s Cowell -- who is better known for developing extended techniques for the piano, promoting and publishing ultra-modern music, and teaching world music courses -- was actively involved in the development and dissemination of dissonant counterpoint through his composing, writing, and teaching. During his studies at the University of California, Berkeley from 1914 to 1917, Cowell participated in the early development of the technique as evidenced by exercises written in his personal notebook. From the late 1910s to the mid 1950s he discussed the method in his book New Musical Resources, several published articles, and program notes for three 1926 concerts in the United States and Europe. Cowell also shared dissonant counterpoint with his colleagues, many of whom used the technique in their compositions and also advocated on its behalf, including John J. Becker, Johanna Beyer, John Cage, Ruth Crawford, Vivian Fine, Lou Harrison, Wallingford Riegger, and Carl Ruggles, to name only a few. Cowell's teaching not only included private lessons but also extended to his college classes, which reflects a much wider dissemination of the compositional method than scholars have previously thought. Jeanette B. Holland's class notes from Cowell's 1951 "Advanced Music Theory" course at the New School provide further insight into dissonant counterpoint and Cowell's classroom teaching. Finally, Cowell used the technique in compositions that span nearly fifty years of his career and encompass a variety of genres. In contrast to characterizations of the composer as an undisciplined bohemian, the picture of Cowell that emerges from these newly discovered archival documents reveals a systematic and tenacious theorist and composer, who valued tradition and advocated the practical application of new theoretical ideas. Additionally, dissonant counterpoint, which is often eclipsed in historical surveys of twentieth-century music by better-known compositional techniques such as Arnold Schoenberg's twelve-tone method, was in fact an essential tool for American composers during the first half of the twentieth century and used in a variety of musical works.

Sixties Rock

Sixties Rock Author Michael Hicks
ISBN-10 0252069153
Year 2000-08-01
Pages 192
Language en
Publisher University of Illinois Press
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Unlike their rock 'n' roll predecessors, many rock musicians of the mid-sixties came to consider themselves as artists, As self-conscious makers of a new sonic medium.Sixties Rockoffers a provocative look at these artists and their innovations in two pivotal rock genres: garage rock and psychedelic music.Delving into everything from harmony to hardware, Michael Hicks shows what makes this music tick and what made it unique in its time. Now available For The first time in paperback, this ""angular portrait"" of an essentially experimental music illuminates the art of rock in the 1960s.

Tales of a theatrical guru

Tales of a theatrical guru Author Danny Newman
ISBN-10 UCSC:32106019151247
Year 2006-12
Pages 260
Language en
Publisher Univ of Illinois Pr
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A backstage pass to insider stories from the dynamo who’s kept the American arts thriving

Homegrown Music

Homegrown Music Author Stephanie P. Ledgin
ISBN-10 0252073762
Year 2004
Pages 181
Language en
Publisher
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Offers a unique and informative background for readers who want to explore the multifaceted history of bluegrass music and its current popularity.

Sing it pretty

Sing it pretty Author Bess Lomax Hawes
ISBN-10 0252033132
Year 2008-04-02
Pages 182
Language en
Publisher Univ of Illinois Pr
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The personal account of a giant in American folklore and folk music

Mormonism and Music

Mormonism and Music Author Michael Hicks
ISBN-10 0252071476
Year 2003
Pages 243
Language en
Publisher University of Illinois Press
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Music has flourished in the Mormon Church since its beginning. In this book - now available in paperback - Michael Hicks examines the direction that music's growth has taken since 1830. He looks closely at topics including the denomination's first official hymnals; the views of Joseph Smith and Brigham Young on singing; the Mormon Tabernacle Choir; and the changing attitudes of church officialdom and laity toward popular and non-western music styles. It is the winner of the 1989 Award in Criticism, from the Association for Mormon Letters.