New Musical Resources


Newest addition to my Cowell reading: Henry Cowell’s own book New Musical Resources. First published in 1930, this book represents many of Cowell’s earlier ideas about music – there are three major sections covering Tone Combinations, Rhythm, and Chord-Formation. Each section is further divided into chapters covering (among other things) Scales of Rhythm, Dissonant Counterpoint (about which there were no written guidelines what Cowell was writing the book), and a whole 23 pages on Tone Clusters. I’m looking forward to reading this (so far only read the introduction) as well as the accompanying essay by David Nicholls.

Henry Cowell’s New Musical Resources