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Henry Cowell

1897 - 1965

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Henry Dixon Cowell (; March 11, 1897 – December 10, 1965) was an American composer, writer, pianist, publisher and teacher. Earning a reputation as an extremely controversial performer and eccentric composer, Cowell became a leading figure of American avant-garde music for the first half of the 20th century — his writings and music serving as a great influence to similar artists at the time, including Lou Harrison, George Antheil, and John Cage, among others. He is considered one of America's most important and influential composers.Cowell was mostly self-taught and developed a unique musical language, often blending folk melodies, dissonant counterpoint, unconventional orchestration, and themes of Irish paganism. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Henry Cowell has received more than 448,036 page views. His biography is available in 24 different languages on Wikipedia. Henry Cowell is the 969th most popular musician (down from 796th in 2019), the 4,795th most popular biography from United States (down from 3,988th in 2019) and the 346th most popular American Musician.

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  • 24

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  • 3.80

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  • 3.32

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Among musicians, Henry Cowell ranks 969 out of 2,662Before him are Big Joe Turner, Yuki Kajiura, Tyler, the Creator, Ingo Schwichtenberg, Klaus Doldinger, and Sylvester Levay. After him are DJ Kool Herc, Johnny Thunders, Travis Barker, Michael Weikath, Željko Joksimović, and Son House.

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Among people born in 1897, Henry Cowell ranks 178Before him are Antonio Riberi, Shovkat Mammadova, Zenta Mauriņa, Adolfo Baloncieri, Dorothy Day, and Louis Réard. After him are André Marie, Isabelino Gradín, Jimmie Rodgers, Moe Howard, Higinio Morínigo, and Fletcher Henderson. Among people deceased in 1965, Henry Cowell ranks 113Before him are Joseph Grew, John Kitzmiller, Roger Vailland, Johannes Bobrowski, Edward R. Murrow, and Harry Crerar. After him are Píndaro de Carvalho Rodrigues, Alejandro Casona, Julius Skutnabb, Philip Showalter Hench, Sonny Boy Williamson II, and Viola Desmond.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Henry Cowell ranks 4,795 out of 18,182Before him are Matthew Lillard (1970), Sean S. Cunningham (1941), Anne Revere (1903), Joel McCrea (1905), Grant Show (1962), and Gilbert Stuart (1755). After him are Connie Willis (1945), Johnny Thunders (1952), Aldo Leopold (1887), Travis Barker (1975), John Elkann (1976), and Debbie Allen (1950).

Among MUSICIANS In United States

Among musicians born in United States, Henry Cowell ranks 346Before him are Donald "Duck" Dunn (1941), Lennie Tristano (1919), Pharoah Sanders (1940), Art Farmer (1928), Big Joe Turner (1911), and Tyler, the Creator (1991). After him are Johnny Thunders (1952), Travis Barker (1975), Son House (1902), Larry Carlton (1948), Jorma Kaukonen (1940), and Kenny Burrell (1931).