Henry Cowell’s Three Irish Legends for Piano: Interpretation and Playing Technique

Authors

  • Thisara Wongsaengchan
  • Panjai Chulapan Faculty of fine and applied arts, Chulalongkorn university

Keywords:

Henry Cowell, Tone Cluster, 20th Century Piano Music

Abstract

          This research article focuses on Three Irish Legends for Piano composed by Henry Cowell, an American composer. The set consists 3 compositions: The Tides of Manaunaun, The Hero Sun, and The Voice of Lir. An unconventional technique called tone clusters has been applied by the composer, indicating a pianist to use forearms or the flat of the hands. To come up with precise notation of the new technique, Cowell developed new symbols as well as detailed explanations and performance instructions.

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Published

2021-07-16

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บทความวิจัย | Research Article