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HENRY COWELL - DOCUMENT SIGNED CIRCA 1942 - HFSID 326793

Cowell signs a survey from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. Document signed: "Henry Cowell", in pencil, 8½x11. Survey for the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). Signed circa 1942.

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HENRY COWELL
Cowell signs a survey from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers.
Document signed: "Henry Cowell", in pencil, 8½x11. Survey for the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). Signed circa 1942. American composer, pianist, teacher and publisher Henry Cowell (1897-1965) was a violinist at age 5 and was composing in his teens - mostly for piano. He entered UC Berkeley in 1914, went to New York in 1916 where he wrote Dynamic Motion (1916) - his first work with tone clusters. Still a teenager, he returned to California and developed an interest in Irish folk culture, writing the music for The Building of Banba (1917). Cowell toured Europe and North America in the 1920s as a pianist playing his own works - in "rhythm-harmony". In 1930 he commissioned the invention of the Rhythmicon - a transposable keyboard instrument. Cowell was considered to be the leader of Ultra-modernist music. Incarcerated in San Quentin State Prison (1936-1940), he directed the prison band and composed approximately 60 pieces. Paroled in 1940, pardoned in 1942, his style became more conservative. Cowell was elected to the American Institute of Arts and Letters in 1951. Toned. Paper loss at corners. Lightly creased. Staple tear at lower margin. Otherwise, fine condition.

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