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H.D. Cowell
American Piano Concertos Vol.1
1
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra- I. Polyharmony 03:50
2
II. Tone Cluster 08:14
3
III. Counter Rythm 03:48
4
Irish Jig 02:03
5
Domnu, the Mother of Water 04:39
6
Four Irish Tales- I. The Tides of Manaunaun 02:45
7
II. Exultation 01:52
8
III. The Harp of Life 05:48
9
IV. The Lilt of the Reel 03:19
10
Three Legends- I. The Tides of Manaunaun 02:41
11
II. The Hero Sun 03:43
12
III. The Voice of Lir 03:42
13
Sinfonietta - Larghetto 07:26
14
- Andante 02:41
15
- Allegretto 03:30
16
Concerto Piccolo - Larghetto 04:28
17
- Andante 05:01
18
- Allegretto 03:39
Total Time 01:13:09
01 Henry Cowell - Concerto for Piano and Orchestra (1928) - 1.Polyharmony 03:52
02 Henry Cowell - Concerto for Piano and Orchestra (1928) - 2.Tone Cluster 08:15
03 Henry Cowell - Concerto for Piano and Orchestra (1928) - 3.Counter Rhythm 03:52
04 Henry Cowell - Irish Jig (Allegro rubato) (1925) for piano 02:08
05 Henry Cowell - Domnu, the Mother of Waters (1926) for piano 04:45
06 Henry Cowell - Four Irish Tales (arr.1940) for piano and orchestra - 1.The Tides of Manaunaun 02:47
07 Henry Cowell - Four Irish Tales (arr.1940) for piano and orchestra - 2.Exulatation 01:54
08 Henry Cowell - Four Irish Tales (arr.1940) for piano and orchestra - 3.The Harp of Life 05:51
09 Henry Cowell - Four Irish Tales (arr.1940) for piano and orchestra - 4.The Lite of Reel 03:23
10 Henry Cowell - Three Legends (1922) for piano - 1.The Tides of Manaunaun 02:42
11 Henry Cowell - Three Legends (1922) for piano - 2.The Hero Sun 03:45
12 Henry Cowell - Three Legends (1922) for piano - 3.The Voice of Liar 03:47
13 Henry Cowell - Sinfonietta (1928) for piano 1 07:26
14 Henry Cowell - Sinfonietta (1928) for piano 2 02:41
15 Henry Cowell - Sinfonietta (1928) for piano 3 03:30
16 Henry Cowell - Concerto Piccolo (1941, arr.1945) for piano and orchestra 1 04:28
17 Henry Cowell - Concerto Piccolo (1941, arr.1945) for piano and orchestra 2 05:01
18 Henry Cowell - Concerto Piccolo (1941, arr.1945) for piano and orchestra 3 03:39
The great creator of musical novelties hardly ever departed from the melodic harmonious basis, though: his major achievements included not least the development of new techniques for piano playing, which he also integrated in his book New Musical Resources. His Concerto for Piano and Orchestra (1928) appears to put the spotlight on the technical and musical-historical findings, whereas in pieces such as Irish Jig and Four Irish Tales he openly and merrily inquires into his Irish background, without ever forgetting his impressive technical skills in the process. The clusters – a designation for which Cowell can most certainly claim the credit – are never a sensational end in itself but always have a melodic motivation: his Concerto Piccolo (1941/45), for instance, is reminiscent of Jean Françaix. Perhaps, contrary to past criticism, it is indeed the tonal basis of his work that makes it so fascinating. Among many others his student John Cage was to take Cowell's ideas further into the present.
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