Henry Cowell: A Man Made of Music: Part 2

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In this, the second part of Henry Cowell: A Man Made of Music, host Joel Sachs presents the radical side of Cowell's supposed — and falsely characterized — conversion to musical conservatism following his 1936-1940 stint in prison and how the composer made a subsequent living with a prison record for morals charges and no higher degrees that could qualify him for a full-time teaching job.

Sachs also explores Cowell's ongoing passion and advocacy for non-Western musics, a pursuit which took the form of ground-breaking radio broadcasts, countless university courses and extensive travels around the world; and his lesser-known, large-form works for symphonic (he completed twenty symphonies) and string orchestras. 

Playlist

Amiable Conversation (Second Encore to Dynamic Motion) with pianist Henry Cowell

Symphony No. 13, "Madras" from a live concert recording with tabla soloist Ray Spiegel and the New Juilliard Ensemble under conductor Joel Sachs

Hymn and Fuguing Tune: No. 2 with New York Philharmonic and conductor Paul Paray

Variations for Orchestra with Polish National Radio Orchestra under conductor William Strickland