Podcast: Henry Cowell in Iceland

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screen-shot-2017-01-04-at-12-11-31-pmHenry Cowell’s symphonic series, episode 8: American iconoclast Cowell composed an astonishing variety of symphonic works – large and small, intimate and bombastic, funny and poignant.

In this episode of American Highways, pianist Guy Livingston brings us orchestral music by this little-known american master: Ostinato Pianissimo for percussion ensemble, one of the classics of the genre; the Ballad, the entertainingly naïve Fanfare for the Latin American Allies; the complex Polyphonica; and the substantial Icelandic Symphony.

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AMERICAN HIGHWAYS #70: Henry Cowell – The Icelandic Symphony

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

Henry Cowell
Ostinato Pianissimo (1934)
The New Jersey Percussion Ensemble
Elektra Nonesuch ‎– 9 79150-2

Henry Cowell
Hymn and Fuguing Tune No. 10 (1955) For Oboe & Strings
Academy of St. Martin in the Fields & Sir Neville Marriner
Argo (2) ‎– 417 818-2

Henry Cowell
Fanfare for the Latin American Allies
London Symphony Brass & Eric Crees
Alto 2013

Henry Cowell
Ballad
The Louisville Orchestra & Jorge Mester
Soundmark Records 48126

Henry Cowell
Polyphonica
Continuum Ensemble
Naxos Am Classics 8.559192

Henry Cowell
Symphony 16: Icelandic
I-Moderato con moto
II-Allegro
III-Adagio Cantabile
IV-Vivace
V-Maestoso
Icelandic Symphony, Polish Orchestra, William Strickland Conductor
Composers Recordings Inc. (CRI) ‎– CD 740

Henry Cowell
4 Irish Tales “Tales of Our Countryside“:
No. 3, The Harp of Life
Henry Cowell, piano; All-American Youth Orchestra cond by Leopold Stokowski
Music and Arts 1287

 

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