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"New Growth from New Soil"

Title: "New Growth from New Soil": Henry Cowell's Application and Advocacy of Modern Musical Values.
Name(s): Stallings, Stephanie N., author
Van Glahn, Denise, professor directing thesis
Brewer, Charles, committee member
Buchler, Michael, committee member
College of Music, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2005
Publisher: Florida State University
Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: An examination of Cowell's musical aesthetic found in his critical articles and essays is necessary in approaching his compositions, many of which push against mainstream compositional currents of their day. According to Henry Cowell, experimentation and innovation were the special province of American modernist composers who needed a way to distance themselves from European values. The purpose of this thesis is twofold. First, it is an examination of the relationship between Henry Cowell's critical writing and his many disparate compositional styles, with the aim of untangling his complex musical aesthetic within its proper historical context. Consequently, the paper will also illuminate certain key issues with which Cowell remained engaged throughout his life, and to show how his thinking surrounding these issues changes over the course of his career. A contemporaneous critical analysis of Cowell's written advocacy and musical compositions is broken into chronological periods that span his entire career, showing his changing philosophies surrounding key issues.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-1585 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Thesis Submitted to the College of Music in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Master of Music.
Degree Awarded: Spring Semester, 2005.
Date of Defense: November 23, 2004.
Keywords: Henry Cowell, Ultramodernism, Music criticism
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory committee: Denise Von Glahn, Professor Directing Thesis; Charles Brewer, Committee Member; Michael Buchler, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Music
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