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Henry Cowell

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Birthday ***, 1897
Place of Birth Menlo Park, California
Death day December 10, 1965 (68 years old)
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Henry Cowell

Henry Dixon Cowell is an American composer, music theorist, pianist, teacher, publisher, impresario, and husband of Sidney Robertson Cowell.

Birth name Henry Dixon Cowell
Born March 11, 1897, Menlo Park, California, U.S.
Died December 10, 1965, Shady, New York
Genres Classical, avant-garde
Occupation(s) Musician, composer, music theorist, impresario
Instruments Piano

About Henry Cowell

Avant-garde composer who set the standard for expression and technique that influenced generations of musicians. His compositions explored atonality, polytonality, polyrhythms, and non-Western modes.

Henry Cowell before fame

He was already able to create unique musical pieces in his late teens, even with very little formal education.

Achievement of Henry Cowell

His bisexuality led to charges of a "morals" crime involving a 17 year-old boy for which he was sentenced to 15 years in prison. He spent the time productively, composing several dozen new pieces and leading the prison band.

Henry Cowell family life

He was born in Menlo Park, California. Both of his parents were bohemian writers, and he was raised by his mother after they divorced.

Associations of Henry Cowell

He had an immense influence on the modernist composer and pianist John Cage who called Cowell the open sesame for new music in America.

Top Facts You Did Not Know About Henry Cowell

  • Student of Percy Goetschius
  • Modernist composers
  • American music theorists
  • Charles Seeger's pupil
  • Prisoners and prisoners in California
  • Impresarios
  • Contemporary classical music artists
  • LGBT people in California
  • 20th century musicians

Latest information about Henry Cowell updated on June 20 2021.