By Henry Cowell
In view that its unique book in 1930, Henry Cowell's New Musical assets has turn into famous as one of many few seminal technical reports to be written by way of a twentieth-century composer. In 1971, Virgil Thomson hailed it as "a classic." For this re-creation, David Nicholls has supplied an explanatory essay and annotations to Cowell's textual content. The essay strains the assets for the publication and makes an attempt to put Cowell's theories within the broader context of musical modernism.
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_................ NEW MUSICAL RESOURCES chords may be formulated. As in polyharmony, the units of such counterpoint may be either plain, embellished, or mixed. ) An appropriate name for counterpoint of chords might be counterchord, or chord against chord. Polytonality, or the use of different keys at the same time, m"ay be built up logically by following the same process as in polyharmony. Polytonality is now used in much music, but there is little evidence that polytonal relationships based on acoustics have been taken into consideration.
2. ** •••••••• *. far indicated, ever upwards in the series of overtones. In such a series one fundamental tone is always taken as a base, and it is convenient to take C as a typical example. Now, it is an acoustic fact that overtones can be traced not only from a fundamental tone as a base, but from the overtones themselves as well. Thus the overtone that makes, with the fundamental C, the interval of a fifth is G. From this tone a new and separate series of overtones branches out, and from the overtone E another, and so on.
Each fraction indicates what portion of the vibrations per second of the fundamental-in this instance 2S6-will produce a given undertone. It will be remembered that in the overtone series in order to produce successive overtones the fundamental was multiplied by 2, 3, 4, etc. , to produce successive undertones. The second column, read downwards, gives the notes of the undertone series; notes in parentheses do 23 NEW MUSICAL RESOURCES ********************************** Undertone Series Illustrated by Middle C as Fundamental Serial Under- Intervals Vibrations· per Second Nos.