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His Medium
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written by Vladimir Simosko, 1943- and Barry Tepperman; in Eric Dolphy: A Musical Biography and Discography (New York, NY: Da Capo Press, 1996), 17-40
written by Vladimir Simosko, 1943- and Barry Tepperman; in Eric Dolphy: A Musical Biography and Discography (New York, NY: Da Capo Press, 1996), 17-40
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Piano Music
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composed by Henry Cowell, 1897-1965 (Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, 1993), 1 hour 1 mins
Cowell (1897-1965) invented ways to play the piano that no one had ever considered. Taking the whole world of music as his inheritance, Cowell created music which covered a wider range of expression and technique than that of any other American composer. Reissue of Folkways 3349. "A revealing reissue...You'd...
composed by Henry Cowell, 1897-1965 (Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, 1993), 1 hour 1 mins
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New American Music, Vol. 2
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produced by Horace Walter Grenell, 1909-1981 (Folkways Records, 1975), 44 mins

Trumpets and trombones twist through dense pockets of sound in Lucia Dlugoszewski “Angels of the Inmost Heaven”; the voice of a lone guitarist punctures the silence in James Fulkerson’s “Patterns” II and VII; flute, bassoons, viola and vibraphone are intended to “turn some dancers on” in Carman Moor...

produced by Horace Walter Grenell, 1909-1981 (Folkways Records, 1975), 44 mins
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New American Music, Vol. 3
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produced by Horace Walter Grenell, 1909-1981 (Folkways Records, 1975), 53 mins

Works by Talib Rasul Hakim, William Bolcom, Howard Swanson and Frederic Rzewski are presented here. Highlights include Bolcom’s "Whisper Moon" for chamber ensemble and three of Rzewski’s songs, whose lyrics are drawn from words by Frederick Douglass, Langston Hughes and Guatemalan revolutionary Otto Rene Cast...

produced by Horace Walter Grenell, 1909-1981 (Folkways Records, 1975), 53 mins
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New American Music, Vol. 1
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produced by Horace Walter Grenell, 1909-1981 (Folkways Records, 1975), 57 mins

From Milford Graves’ guttural experiments with percussion and the body to Mary Lou Williams’ jazz combo interrupted by atonal “fungus,” this compilation of new (1970s) music makes for an eclectic mix of musical sounds. Star innovators Gil Evans, Sam Rivers, Sunny Murray also contribute to this collection...

produced by Horace Walter Grenell, 1909-1981 (Folkways Records, 1975), 57 mins
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1966: The Changing Same (R&B and New Black Music)
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written by Amiri Baraka, 1934-2014; in Black Music (New York, NY: William Morrow and Company, 1968), 182-214
written by Amiri Baraka, 1934-2014; in Black Music (New York, NY: William Morrow and Company, 1968), 182-214
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Charles Ives Songs, Vol. 1: 1894-1915.
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composed by Charles E. Ives, 1874-1954; produced by Samuel Barclay Charters, 1929-2015 (Folkways Records, 1965), 36 mins

Charles Ives has grown into one of the most important American classical composers of international distinction, but it wasn’t always like this: Ives was frustrated by indifferent audiences and ambivalent critics throughout his entire career and most of his life. Tenor Ted Puffer is accompanied by pianists Ja...

composed by Charles E. Ives, 1874-1954; produced by Samuel Barclay Charters, 1929-2015 (Folkways Records, 1965), 36 mins
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Charles Ives Songs, Vol. 2: 1915-1925
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composed by Charles E. Ives, 1874-1954; produced by Samuel Barclay Charters, 1929-2015 (Folkways Records, 1965), 40 mins

Charles Ives has grown into one of the most important American classical composers of international distinction, but it wasn’t always like this: Ives was frustrated by indifferent audiences and ambivalent critics throughout his entire career and most of his life. Tenor Ted Puffer is accompanied by pianists Ja...

composed by Charles E. Ives, 1874-1954; produced by Samuel Barclay Charters, 1929-2015 (Folkways Records, 1965), 40 mins
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Charles Ives: The Short Piano Pieces
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composed by Charles E. Ives, 1874-1954; produced by Samuel Barclay Charters, 1929-2015 (Folkways Records, 1964), 29 mins

"A man whose independence and integrity stand as the highest ideals of the creative spirit" was somehow overlooked during his life. But Ives did gain recognition for his uniquely nationalistic voice and dissonant style, and late in life was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Music for his Symphony No. 3. On this reco...

composed by Charles E. Ives, 1874-1954; produced by Samuel Barclay Charters, 1929-2015 (Folkways Records, 1964), 29 mins
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