Podcast: Henry Cowell, American Symphonist

Henry Cowell’s symphonic series, episode 10: As we finish our ongoing survey of one of the great American composers, this is an evening to discover two forgotten rarities: the fourth and the ninth symphonies. Cowell composed an astonishing variety of symphonic works – large and small, intimate and bombastic, funny and poignant. Devoted to American folk music, whether dances or hymns, he brings these to full symphonic glory.

In this episode of American Highways, pianist Guy Livingston brings us the tenth episode of the Henry Cowell complete symphonies. Screen Shot 2017-01-26 at 11.42.19 AM


AMERICAN HIGHWAYS EPISODE #73: Henry Cowell, Symphonic Conclusion


Theme Music :
Henry Cowell
Symphony #11 “Seven Rituals of Music”
VI. Vivace
Robert Whitney: Louisville Orchestra
First Edition FECD-0003

Henry Cowell
Air and Scherzo (orchestral version)
I. Air
II. Scherzo
Ulrich Krieger, saxophone; Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra cond. by Charles Peltz
Mode records 293

Henry Cowell
Symphony No. 4 “Short Symphony” (1946)
Eastman-Rochester Symphony / Howard Hanson, cond.
Mercury LP ASIN: B003DNKG4Q

Henry Cowell
Symphony No. 9 (1953)
(1) Largo
(2) Allegro
(3) Allegretto quasi andante
(4) Presto
(5) Allegro
Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, cond by David Van Vactor
private recording, Wheeler collection; unreleased

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