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Piano Music

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The Tides of Manaunaun
2:29
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Exultation
1:50
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Harp of Life
4:22
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Lilt of the Reel
2:01
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Advertisement (Third Encore to Dynamic Motion)
1:09
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Antimony (Fourth Encore to Dynamic Motion)
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Aeolian Harp and Sinister Resonance
3:43
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Anger Dance
1:54
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The Banshee
2:35
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Fabric
1:24
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What's This (First Encore to Dynamic Motion)
0:59
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Amiable Conversation (Second Encore to Dynamic Motion)
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Fairy Answer
2:55
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Jig
2:11
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Snows of Fujiyama
2:20
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Voice of Lir
3:09
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Dynamic Motion
3:15
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The Trumpet of Angus Og
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Tiger
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Henry Cowell's Comments
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Total Tracks: 20   Total Length: 60:28

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One man's trash is another man's treasure...

Sine/Cosine

Most certainly, this is not for everyone but part of the appeal of this recording is the fact that, well, it’s not for everyone! There is an unnerving combination of avant-garde tunes that sometimes require the listener to actually concentrate with, as the previous reviewer points out, "100 chimps & a piano in a room." This might appeal to those who like the later 20th Century composers. The aspect of this recording that I like best is the unique timbre’s that Cowell get out of his piano. There is this wonderful sense of dissonance created by a low background rumble courtesy of the lowest piano keys and this wonderful, modernistic tune played in the foreground. When you add the unique ways Cowell actually plays the piano (plucked, muted and bowed), you have timbre’s that are not heard regularly. I, in fact, find this to be a treasure in the eye of the beholder.

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100 chimps & a piano in a room...

Anole

...and the one with talent had his fingers bitten off.

They Say All Music Guide

At last, a reissue of Piano Music, the 1963 recording of Henry Cowell playing several of his piano works in his casual style, so that the listener regards the unusual sounds and techniques as completely natural within the context of each piece’s imagery. A recording of the complete piano works is definitely needed, but this CD, with Cowell’s spoken commentary at the end, is a precious thing to have at the moment. – “Blue” Gene Tyranny