Percy Grainger and Henry Cowell: Concurrences Between Two “Hyper-Moderns”

Robinson, Suzanne
September 2011
Musical Quarterly;Fall2011, Vol. 94 Issue 3, p278
Academic Journal
The article presents the author's insights on the confluences and divergences of the hyper-modern music compositions of Percy Grainger and Henry Cowell. It says that the early lives of Grainger and Cowell have similarities, in which both received little formal education, both were exposed to music from immigrant communities, and both became international piano soloists. It says that Grainger and Cowell experimented with their compositions where Grainger experimented with unplayable rhythms and meters like his "Sea Song" music and Cowell created rhythms based on ratios like his "Quartet Romantic" music. It adds that Grainger was interested in vocal slides that some of his works before 1920 are glissandos and chromatic slides.


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