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Joel Sachs offers the first complete biography of one of the most influential figures in twentieth-century American music. Henry Cowell, a major musical innovator of the first half of the century, left a rich body of compositions spanning a wide range of styles. But as Sachs shows, Cowell's legacy extends far beyond his music. He worked tirelessly to create organizations such as the highly influential New Music Quarterly, New Music Recordings, and the Pan-American Association of Composers, through which great talents like Ruth Crawford Seeger and Charles Ives first became known in the US and abroad. As one of the first Western advocates for World Music, he used lectures, articles, and recordings to bring other musical cultures to myriad listeners and students including John Cage and Lou Harrison, who attributed their life work to Cowell's influence. Finally, Sachs describes the tragedy of Cowell's life―his guilty plea on a morals charge, which even the prosecutor felt was trivial, but brought him a sentence of 15 years in San Quentin, of which he served four.

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With Sachs's monumental new biography we can now examine all facets of Cowell's entire life and career. His book is a major contribution to US musical scholarship and points scholars of early twentieth-century experimental music in new directions. (Nancy Yunhwa Rao, Journal of the Society for American Music)

gorgeously written ... each page seemingly revealing a nugget of information that history was hitherto reluctant to divulge. (Philip Clark, Gramophone)

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  • ハードカバー: 600ページ
  • 出版社: Oxford Univ Pr (Txt) (2012/7/11)
  • 言語: 英語
  • ISBN-10: 0195108957
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195108958
  • 発売日: 2012/7/11
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5つ星のうち HASH(0x9bc1c7d4) Riveting Tale of Musical Genius 2012/7/7
投稿者 Virginia Musician - (Amazon.com)
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Joel Sachs quotes Henry Cowell as feeling that as a composer, he was most concerned with the future of music. But in this beautifully-written biography, there is much to inspire and inform us about the past: information about not only the unusual life and career of this composer of over 1,000 concert works, but also about challenges faced by artists as they lived through wartime, Depression, and more positively, efforts to promote peaceful exchanges in the climate of a Cold War.

This account of Cowell's life and work provides succinct overviews of his activities as creator, performing pianist, educator, cultural representative, and promoter of his colleagues' works as well. Multitudes of details lead the reader to be in awe at the accomplishments, networking, bravery, and generosity of this gifted artist--who flourished despite a highly impoverished childhood with little schooling, and despite four years in prison (on a charge that today would probably never be prosecuted at all). One also comes away with admiration for the role of his wife, Sidney Robertson Cowell.

A riveting book to be read and treasured not only by musicians and music students, but also by anyone interested in knowing more about how serious creative artists functioned and survived in America during the earlier half of the 20th century. The notes and bibliography provide welcome information about sources for further exploration. Hopefully this excellent and long-awaited book will spur further performances and recordings of Cowell's music. Bravo!
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5つ星のうち HASH(0x932fdc18) The definitive biography of a great American composer 2012/10/28
投稿者 Kuru - (Amazon.com)
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This is a thorough, sympathetic and detailed (over 500 pp.) biography of one of America's most important musicians and composers. It is purely biographical -- the author notes that he wanted to write two volumes, with the second covering the music, but his publisher demurred. It is simultaneously heart-warming and heart-breaking; Cowell was an unusually generous, helpful person, who took some unusually harsh hard knocks in his life. It is unusual among composer biographies in openly discussing financial details, and part of the heart-break is learning how difficult it was, even for someone at the very peak of the profession, to earn anything like a secure living.

One of the hard knocks Cowell faced was a famous morals charge. Sachs necessarily treats that in considerable detail, objectively and without unnecessary prurience. One hopes that particular issue can now be laid to rest and all future writing about Cowell can get beyond it.

A natural result of reading this book will be to motivate you to listen to more of Cowell's music, and if the book accomplishes only that, reading it will have been time very well spent indeed. Cowell's music has largely dropped out of the regular repertoire, which is another ground for heart-break, because so much of his music is beautiful and wonderful. His later music often reminds me of Schubert, in being at once immediately enjoyable and seemingly simple, but growing more and more interesting on every repeated hearing.
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5つ星のうち HASH(0x932fdb58) an extraordinary life story, vividly told 2012/11/28
投稿者 victoria - (Amazon.com)
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A good biography can be as engrossing as any fiction and now I add Joel Sachs's "Henry Cowell: A Man Made of Music" to my short list of those that in and of themselves make for a great "read." Henri Troyat's "Tolstoy", and Robert Massie's recent "Catherine the Great" come to mind as I write. True, much like those subjects (curiously both Russian), Cowell was both a complex and a truly noble human being and his inspiring life story quite boggles the mind. But how easily its telling could have ended up as little more than fodder for academia had it not been rendered by such expert, imaginative, caring and balanced hands as Sachs, who in an unusually natural and fluid writing style, brilliantly gives palpable life not only to the composer and the wonderful cast of colorful and often historic characters (e.g. Ives, Gershwin, Percy Grainger) who figure in his exciting life, but as well to the fast-moving period in twentieth century music to which he so exuberantly and generously gave himself. In fact, I thank you Joel Sachs for not only telling this reader how much things cost and how much Cowell was paid in 1920, '40, or '60 but for taking the trouble to translate the amounts into 2010 figures that I can truly grasp their meaning ....a rare bonus that more biographers should consider, and just one of a myriad details, that, while not intruding into its flow, add authenticity and immediacy to Cowell's already extraordinary story.
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This is an important book on the life of a little understood American pioneer inventor/composer.
I remember meeting Joel Sachs at the Juilliard school where he was championing new scandinavian
music. At that time, he told me about his work on Cowell, and I am very impressed by the result.
I heard about the book when listening to the BBC3 program "Composer of the Week" where Joel
was a guest presenter on Henry Cowells life and work.
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投稿者 peter - (Amazon.com)
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Exceptionally well written biography of one of the pioneers of contemporary music.
Should be required reading for anyone interested in the cultural history of the United States in the first half of the 20th Century.
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