Henry Cowell (1897-1965)
Three pieces by Cowell:
The Tides of Manaunaun (1917) – first use of the Tone Cluster.[audio:http://www.jaimeoliver.pe/snd/mh/cow/Manaunaun.mp3]
Aeolian Harp (1923)[audio:http://www.jaimeoliver.pe/snd/mh/cow/Aeolian.mp3]
The Banshee (1925)[audio:http://www.jaimeoliver.pe/snd/mh/cow/Banshee.mp3]
Here are Cowell’s comments about these pieces:[audio:http://www.jaimeoliver.pe/snd/mh/cow/manaunaun-cow.mp3] [audio:http://www.jaimeoliver.pe/snd/mh/cow/aeolian-cow.mp3] [audio:http://www.jaimeoliver.pe/snd/mh/cow/banshee-cow.mp3]
Some insights into the performance of these pieces:
Q1. In what way are these works (and Cage’s works for prepared piano) subverting musical order?
hint: think of it in terms of what is considered musical material (that with which we make music), the piano as a symbol of musical evolution (from bach onwards…), the tonal system and traditional form.