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.
AMERICAN HIGHWAYS EPISODE #73: Henry Cowell, Symphonic Conclusion
Theme Music :
Symphony #11 “Seven Rituals of Music”
Robert Whitney: Louisville Orchestra
First Edition FECD-0003
Air and Scherzo (orchestral version)
Ulrich Krieger, saxophone; Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra cond. by Charles Peltz
Mode records 293
Symphony No. 4 “Short Symphony” (1946)
Eastman-Rochester Symphony / Howard Hanson, cond.
Mercury LP ASIN: B003DNKG4Q
Symphony No. 9 (1953)
(3) Allegretto quasi andante
Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, cond by David Van Vactor
private recording, Wheeler collection; unreleased