Henry Cowell Musical Autobiography : radio broadcast
NamesCowell, Henry, 1897-1965 (Commentator)Cowell, Henry, 1897-1965 (Performer)Price, Paul, 1921-1986 (Conductor)Ajemian, Anahid (Performer)Ajemian, Maro (Performer)Bailey, Elden C (Performer)Hanson, Howard, 1896-1981 (Conductor)Strickland, William (Conductor)WBAI Radio (New York, N.Y.) (Radio producer)Manhattan Percussion Ensemble (Performer)Eastman-Rochester Symphony Orchestra (Performer)Wiener Symphoniker (Performer)
Henry Cowell collection of noncommercial recordings
Dates / OriginDate Captured: 1961-04-06
Table of ContentsPart 1: Opening announcement -- Commentary -- Tides of Manaunaun (Cowell) -- Commentary -- Advertisement (Cowell) -- Commentary -- Aeolian harp (Cowell) -- Commentary -- Banshee (Cowell) -- Commentary -- Fabric (Cowell) -- Commentary -- Tiger (Cowell) -- Commentary.
Part 2: Ostinato pianissimo (Manhattan Percussion Ensemble ; Price) -- Commentary -- Set of five (A. and M. Ajemian; Bailey) -- Commentary -- Symphony no. 4 (beginning) (Eastman-Rochester Symphony Orchestra ; Hanson).
Part 3: Symphony no. 4 (conclusion) -- Commentary -- Symphony no. 7 (Vienna Symphony Orchestra ; Strickland) -- Closing announcement.
Library locationsRodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded SoundShelf locator: *LT-7 3712-3714
TopicsCowell, Henry, 1897-1965Piano musicPercussion ensemblesSuites (Piano, percussion, violin)SymphoniesComposers -- United States -- 20th centuryMusical analysisMusic appreciationMusic -- 20th century
GenresLive sound recordingsMusicRadio programs
NotesStatement of responsibility: music and commentary by Henry Cowell.Source note: Title from original audiodisc box label; date from the Internet sources; credits from audition.Performers: Henry Cowell, pianist and commentator ; Anahid Ajemian, violin ; Maro Ajemian, piano ; Elden Bailey, percussion ; Manhattan Percussion Ensemble ; Eastman Rochester Orchestra ; Vienna Symphony Orchestra ; Paul Price ; Howard Hanson, William Strickland, conductors.Venue: Broadcast on WBAI radio in New York 1961 April 6.
Physical DescriptionAudiotape reelExtent: 3 audiotape reels (approximately 100 min.): analog, 7 1/2 ips., 1 track mono, acetate ; 7 in.
DescriptionHenry Cowell talks about his life and the progression of his career from playing the violin to playing the piano and composing works in various genres. Commentaries that precede every piece of music that is played from recordings in order to illustrate the narration provide the background and the analysis of these compositions that evolve from short piano pieces to symphonies.
Type of ResourceSound recording
IdentifiersRLIN/OCLC: 936071190NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b20881216Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 88a809b0-b958-0133-26bd-3c07547a230f
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