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The Curious Afterlife of Dissonant Counterpoint: Jeanette B. Holland's Class Notes From Henry Cowell's 1951 Advanced Music Theory Course

The Curious Afterlife of Dissonant Counterpoint: Jeanette B. Holland's Class Notes From... JOHN D. SPILKER The Curious Afterlife of Dissonant Counterpoint JEANETTE B. HOLLAND’S CLASS NOTES FROM HENRY COWELL’S 1951 ADVANCED MUSIC THEORY COURSE Among the materials in the Henry Cowell Papers at the New York Pub- lic Library for the Performing Arts are Jeanette B. Holland’s notes from Cowell’s “Advanced Music Theory” course offered spring term 1951 at the New School for Social Research. The archival source comprises thirty-three photocopied handwritten pages. Holland also added page numbers in green ink at the top of each photocopied page. The docu- ment remains significant for many reasons, but in light of this study three stand out. First, the information that she recorded illuminates in part the content of Cowell’s theory course: musical exercises that use quartal harmony, dissonant harmony, dissonant counterpoint, and polychordal harmony along with instructions for creating the exercises, information about these techniques, and references to representative composers and musical works, among other things. Second, the new source contains guidelines for dissonant counterpoint and exercises that use the method, all of which date from about thirty-five years after Cowell participated in its early development at the University of California, Berkeley from 1914 to 1917. Finally, Holland’s notes demonstrate a much http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png American Music University of Illinois Press

The Curious Afterlife of Dissonant Counterpoint: Jeanette B. Holland's Class Notes From Henry Cowell's 1951 Advanced Music Theory Course

American Music , Volume 30 (4) – Aug 4, 2013

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JOHN D. SPILKER The Curious Afterlife of Dissonant Counterpoint JEANETTE B. HOLLAND’S CLASS NOTES FROM HENRY COWELL’S 1951 ADVANCED MUSIC THEORY COURSE Among the materials in the Henry Cowell Papers at the New York Pub- lic Library for the Performing Arts are Jeanette B. Holland’s notes from Cowell’s “Advanced Music Theory” course offered spring term 1951 at the New School for Social Research. The archival source comprises thirty-three photocopied handwritten pages. Holland also added page numbers in green ink at the top of each photocopied page. The docu- ment remains significant for many reasons, but in light of this study three stand out. First, the information that she recorded illuminates in part the content of Cowell’s theory course: musical exercises that use quartal harmony, dissonant harmony, dissonant counterpoint, and polychordal harmony along with instructions for creating the exercises, information about these techniques, and references to representative composers and musical works, among other things. Second, the new source contains guidelines for dissonant counterpoint and exercises that use the method, all of which date from about thirty-five years after Cowell participated in its early development at the University of California, Berkeley from 1914 to 1917. Finally, Holland’s notes demonstrate a much

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American MusicUniversity of Illinois Press

Published: Aug 4, 2013

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