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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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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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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Riveting Tale of Musical Genius 6 juillet 2012
Par Virginia Musician - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
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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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Masterful biography on an underrated American. 30 novembre 2015
Par olav anton thommessen - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
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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5.0 étoiles sur 5 an extraordinary life story, vividly told 27 novembre 2012
Par victoria - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
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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5.0 étoiles sur 5 henry cowell: a man made of music 4 août 2012
Par peter - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
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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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Comprehensive Bio 14 octobre 2012
Par William H. L. Garlette - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
I strongly recommend this book. 20th century composer bios are too often sparse overviews. This is a well researched, well written book.
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