KPFA-FM Music Dept. ➔ Henry Cowell’s Musical Autobiography, 1 of 3

Digital Audio


Event Type
Documentaries
Origin
KPFA
Identifier
C.1961.04.06.c2.A
Program Length
80 min
Part
1 of 3
Dates
1961-04-06 | broadcast
| 402 | created
Description
In this fascinating program, first broadcast in 1961, Henry Cowell talks about his life and plays examples of his music culled from his entire career as a composer. He recalls a number of significant incidents from his childhood including, giving up violin at age 8, hearing Irish tunes hummed by his father, and early American Ozark mountain tunes sung by his mother. Growing up in San Francisco, he was exposed to international influences as he played and hummed along with his Japanese, Chinese & Tahitian playmates, all of which had an impact on his later compositions.
Genres
New music
Musical Selections
The Tides of Manaunaun (1912) (2:22) -- Advertisement [excerpt] (1917) (1:05) -- Aeolian Harp (1923) (2:33) -- The Banshee (1925) (2:11) -- Fabric (1920) (1:21) -- Tiger (1930) (3:23)
Subjects
Piano music
New music
Related place
Berkeley (Calif.) (was broadcast at)
Related Entities
Cowell, Henry, 1897-1965