Andy Costello plays Henry Cowell - The Tides of Manaunaun (1917)





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Uploaded on Apr 30, 2009


The Tides of Manaunaun (1912?), No. 1 of Three Irish Legends, by Henry Cowell (1897-1965)

The Tides of Manaunaun is based on a Irish myth by John Osborne Varian. The quote (taken from Varian) on the top of the score reads:

"Manaunaun was the god of motion, and long before the creation he sent forth tremendous tides, which swept to and fro through the universe, and rhythmically moved the particles and materials of which the gods were later to make the suns and the worlds."

Cowell claimed that he wrote this when he was only fifteen years old (1912), however, it was not published until 1917.

The piece is one of the first of piano literature to use the technique of tone clusters played with fists and arms. Rumor has it that Bela Bartok asked Cowell for permission to "steal" this piano technique for his own compositions.

Performed by Andy Costello in Chicago, Spring 2009.

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