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COWELL: Homage to Iran / Piano Pieces / Set of Five / Six Casual Developments / Two Songs


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COWELL: Homage to Iran / Piano Pieces / Set of Five / Six Casual Developments / Two Songs

Henry Cowell was one of the most remarkable figures in American music. A startlingly innovative composer, an inimitable piano virtuoso who outraged or delighted his audiences, a brilliant writer, teacher, lecturer and organizer, Cowell almost single-handedly laid the foundations for American compositional life. This second Continuum Portrait of Cowell’s music (Volume 1 is available on Naxos 8.559192) includes further examples of his most experimental piano pieces, calling for strumming and plucking the strings, as well as using forearms to produce tone clusters. Other compositions fuse Asian and Western idioms in striking new blends. Yet, however advanced his ideas, or multifaceted his output, Cowell’s music remains immediately accessible.

Cowell, Henry

  Homage to Iran
1.   I. Andante rubato 00:06:43
2.   II. Interlude (Presto) 00:01:09
3.   III. Andante rubato 00:03:18
4.   IV. Con spirito 00:03:41
  Piece for Piano with Strings
5.   Piece for Piano with Strings 00:03:34
6.   Vestiges 00:02:31
7.   Euphoria 00:00:59
  What's This
8.   What's This 00:00:35
9.   Elegie 00:05:16
  The Banshee
10.   The Banshee 00:02:05

Cowell, Henry
Riegger, Catherine, lyricist(s)

  2 Songs
11.   Sunset 00:01:52
12.   Rest 00:02:31

Cowell, Henry

  Six Casual Developments
13.   I. Rubato 00:00:51
14.   II. Andante 00:01:11
15.   III. Andante 00:01:57
16.   IV. Allegro 00:00:53
17.   V. Adagio cantabile 00:01:44
18.   VI. Allegretto con moto 00:01:09
  Set of Five
19.   I. Largo sostenuto 00:03:21
20.   II. Allegro 00:02:10
21.   III. Andante 00:04:09
22.   IV. Presto leggiero 00:02:20
23.   V. Vigoroso 00:04:31

Total Playing Time: 00:58:30

Cowell, Henry

Riegger, Catherine


Dubow, Marilyn; Gottlieb, Gordon; Krakauer, David; Murcell, Raymond; Sachs, Joel; Seltzer, Cheryl; Steinberg, Mark

Label: Naxos

Series: American Classics

Genre: Chamber Music; Instrumental; Vocal

Period: 20th Century

Catalogue No: 8.559193

Barcode: 0636943919323

Physical Release: 02/2005

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