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American Classical Country Tunes


Today in WMH:, 1943, American Composer, Henry Cowell abandons his experimental music style to compose “American Melting Pot.” Along with his earlier “Old American Country Set” (1937-39) this music was composed to evoke the music of various immigrant groups as well as a nostalgia of the time he spent as a youth with relatives in Kansas. The tunes were not actual folk music, but composed with the recollection of music he heard as a boy. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-OTqdj1uL5A

Photo: Henry Cowell as a Young Man, Source, Wikipedia


1 Comment

  1. shoreacres says:

    I didn’t know Cowell, or his music. This is quite wonderful. The combination of music and photos evokes my high school days, when I played with our Municipal Band. Those weekly summer evening concerts were pure pleasure, for everyone.

    Here’s a photo of the bandshell where we played.

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