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Henry Cowell (March 11, 1897 - December 10, 1965) was an American composer, musical theorist, pianist, teacher, publisher, and impresario. His contribution to the world of music was summed up by Virgil Thomson, writing in the early 1950s:

"Henry Cowell's music covers a wider range in both expression and technique than that of any other living composer. His experiments begun three decades ago in rhythm, in harmony, and in instrumental sonorities were considered then by many to be wild. Today they… read more

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  • Beautiful and anarchic!
  • Absolutely, the cat while riding a turtle and playing dat song Ridin' by Chamillionaire was so avant garde that it literary composed his music. THEY SEE ME ROLLIN' THEY HATIN'
  • he spent four years in San Quentin for homosexual activities. huge influence on Lou Harrison.
  • 15 years in San Quentin on a "morals" charge really broke him. Broke his heart too, when Charlie Ives regarded him coolly the rest of his life.
  • The whole argument doesn't work. The word 'classical' and 'composer' aren't synonymous with 'good' anyway, so what do you care?
  • Jesus Christ, civility and decency really take a beating in this shoutbox.
  • it's still quite poor really ..
  • "Brown people music" doesn't need and has never needed to be taken seriously by Western culture. That you think so just reveals how "white people" still think like they did back in the nineteenth century; just a bunch of colonialist assholes. Cowell's great, and we just need to be a little more contextually forgiving, so to speak. We can be so with him, but you, you're completely out of sync and are a retrograde.
  • I found about about both Henry Cow and Henry Cowell separately. One day I was just like, "Oh, that's neat"
  • yes.

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