Wednesday, September 26, 2012
In this, the second part of Henry Cowell: A Man Made of Music, host Joel Sachs presents the under-appreciated radical side of Cowell's writing following his 1936-1940 stint in prison and the composer's ongoing passion and advocacy for non-Western musics.
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
In this, the first part of Henry Cowell: A Man Made of Music, host Joel Sachs presents a radio primer exploring the life and music of American maverick composer Henry Cowell. This show begins with a discussion of Cowell's ultramodern, experimental forays into composition for piano and how he became Charles Ives's first publisher.
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
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For this New Sounds, there's more music from the influential and infamous composer John Cage, as part of his centennial celebration. 100 years old today. Hear a 1977 performance of "Dream" by John Cage himself recorded live in Woodstock. There's also a co-composition by Lou Harrison and John Cage, music by Henry Cowell, and more.
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
In this 1952 Music for the Connoisseur, host David Randolph intersperses archival audio of Henry Cowell's speeches on musical techniques, plays pieces based on the composer's theories, and ties the program together with his own insights into the composer's pioneering ideas.
Wednesday, May 18, 1994
In the third of these special City Circus programs, listen to highlights from a "Wall to Wall Cage & Friends" concert recorded live at Symphony Space back in 1982. There's a percussion piece by John Cage, another percussion work by Henry Cowell, as well as some unplanned readings by the composer himself.