Open Access Senior Thesis
Bachelor of Arts
© 2016 Chessa Catherine Wathen
In the scholarship surrounding piano repertoire, Henry Cowell is seen as a kind of “one-hit-experimental-wonder,” being know mostly for his astonishingly progressive piece The Banshee. However, Cowell was an enigmatic composer, a diverse scholar, an influential proponent new music, as well as a music theorist and comparative musicologist. Therefore in order to gain a more complete understanding of Cowell and his deeply influential piano works, this project seeks to explore the philosophical, cultural, and non- Western musical influences that inspired Cowell’s novel experimentation at the piano.
Wathen, Chessa Catherine, "Henry Cowell, The Great Experimenter: Uncovering the Catalysts that Generated a Composer’s Ultramodernist Piano Techniques" (2016). Scripps Senior Theses. 859.