With 46 plays, Henry Cowell's High Color from Set of Two Movements is #3 on the aworks Top 10 Tracks of 2004. This is the MP3 on epitonic played by the Bay Area's own Sarah Cahill. I have to say with my focus this year on American music from the last century, I have really grown to appreciate the pianists who are playing this repetoire. I see that Cahill has some local concerts upcoming in January and February, including works by Beglarian, Rzewski (in a kids concert!), and Blitzstein.
Hilary Robinson says this about the Cowell CD:
The performances brim with enthusiasm and affection for Cowell's music, simultaneously communicating an immense joy in the physicality of playing the piano that it unleashes in a manner true to the spirit of its composer.
For me, this was also the year of Henry Cowell, the Menlo Park native and son of bohemian parents -- his mother, sixteen years older than her husband, was forty-five when she had Henry, and wanted to raise her son to be:
free, independent, progressive, literate, versatile, devoted to nature in both its scientific and poetic aspects, versed in religious tradition but skeptical, and perhaps above all, devoted to art.
I am quoting from Brigham Young professor Michael Hicks' Henry Cowell: Bohemian, the catalyst for my exploration of Cowell's music this year.