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Henry Cowell

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Henry Cowell (11 de marzo de 1897 - 10 de diciembre de 1965) fue un compositor estadounidense, teórico musical, pianista, profesor, publicador y empresario. Su contribuación al mundo de la música fue resumida por Virgil Thomson, que escribió a inicios de los años 1950:

La música de Henry Cowell cubre un amplio rango tanto en expresión como técnica que el de otro compositor cualesquiera. Su experimentos comenzaron tres décadas atrás en ritmo, en armonía, y en sonoridades instrumentales fueron considerados por muchos como desquiciadas. Hoy son la Biblia de los jóvenes y aún, para los conservadores, «avanzadas»… Ningún compositor de nuestra época ha producido un cuerpo de obras tan radicales y tan normales, tan penetrantes y tan comprensibles. Agréguese a esta masiva producción su larga e influyente carrera como pedagogo, y los logros de Henry Cowell se harán todavía más impresionantes. No hay otra persona como él. El ser tanto fecundo como adecuado es dado a pocos.

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  • kkjjnjjjj

    Harrison would have been gay even if it weren't for Henry Cowell imo

    8 Sep 18:17 Responder
  • rarebookroom

    Beautiful and anarchic!

    18 Ene 22:28 Responder
  • progtrance7

    Absolutely, the cat while riding a turtle and playing dat song Ridin' by Chamillionaire was so avant garde that it literary composed his music. THEY SEE ME ROLLIN' THEY HATIN'

    8 Oct 2012 Responder
  • caldoriaheights

    he spent four years in San Quentin for homosexual activities. huge influence on Lou Harrison.

    7 Mar 2012 Responder
  • mahleria

    15 years in San Quentin on a "morals" charge really broke him. Broke his heart too, when Charlie Ives regarded him coolly the rest of his life.

    29 Sep 2011 Responder
  • Jack_fe

    The whole argument doesn't work. The word 'classical' and 'composer' aren't synonymous with 'good' anyway, so what do you care?

    17 Nov 2010 Responder
  • barryvs

    Jesus Christ, civility and decency really take a beating in this shoutbox.

    18 Oct 2010 Responder
  • insomniacme

    it's still quite poor really ..

    20 Jun 2010 Responder
  • Aeroaviones

    "Brown people music" doesn't need and has never needed to be taken seriously by Western culture. That you think so just reveals how "white people" still think like they did back in the nineteenth century; just a bunch of colonialist assholes. Cowell's great, and we just need to be a little more contextually forgiving, so to speak. We can be so with him, but you, you're completely out of sync and are a retrograde.

    14 Ene 2010 Responder
  • The_Red_Agent

    I found about about both Henry Cow and Henry Cowell separately. One day I was just like, "Oh, that's neat"

    19 Dic 2009 Responder
  • SixShooterSam

    yes.

    28 Nov 2009 Responder
  • RJMyato

    brendanvox: as basically the founder of the entire field of ethnomusicology I'd say Cowell has done a lot of positive things as far as encouraging people to study and take "brown people music" seriously so whatever ideas you have in your head about the greatest music theorist of the 20th century I suggest you try to correct them.

    9 Sep 2009 Responder
  • andresgualdron

    respect.

    17 Abr 2008 Responder
  • Aeroaviones

    The bio's author copied and pasted the first part of Cowell's Wikipedia entry, but edited out the part where it said that the first paragraph is a quote from another composer. I'll re-add it.

    3 Feb 2008 Responder
  • raketerinzekete

    I too discovered Henry Cow through Henry Cowell. The biography on Last.FM is a bit strange, first it tells us Henry Cowell died more than 40 years ago, and next it states that he is a living composer who started his experiments only 30 years ago (that would mean, 10 years after his own death). Any knowledgeable person cares to edit?

    15 Nov 2007 Responder
  • Ciacchi

    actually I discovered Henry Cow through Henry Cowell... I think I learned about Henry Cowell skimming through Wikipedia. Anyway, both Henries are great. And it seems Henry Cow actually was not referring to Henry Cowell, but I'm not sure.

    21 Oct 2007 Responder
  • leoneb

    Brilliant. Just brilliant. Now I got to thank the band Henry Cow for two things: their music and the fact that they stoled the name of this great composer. I'd take a long time to get to know his music if they haven't did that.

    9 Mar 2007 Responder
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