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Henry CowellA Man Made of Music$
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Joel Sachs

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780195108958

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195108958.001.0001

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Marketing Henry

Marketing Henry

(p.86) 9 Marketing Henry
Henry Cowell

Joel Sachs

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on how Henry Cowell marketed himself as an unorthodox American composer-performer, to a public committed to the European masters. In June 1919, Henry completed a four-movement Piano Sonata, an a cappella setting of Psalm 121, and wrote short pieces for cello solo and for piano, a sonata movement, and a song to words by John Keats. He also finished the Quartet Euphometric (“Euphonious Meter”), a composition which he began in 1916. After a summer devoted almost exclusively to composing, Henry headed east in October 1919. In Chicago he visited some of Ellen Veblen's old friends, almost certainly including Georgia Kober. In New York he began searching out every opportunity to play. He also enrolled in the Institute of Applied Music in New York to study fugue with R. Huntington Woodman. Certain that he would return to New York in the autumn, Henry left for California and held a full concert on November 6 in Palo Alto's Community House. On March 31, 1922 he was back in New York, appearing as a guest in Carl Ruggles's lecture on modern music at the Whitney Studio Club.

Keywords:   music, Henry Cowell, Piano Sonata, Quartet Euphometric, Chicago, Ellen Veblen, New York, California, concert, Carl Ruggles

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