Paul Bowles

"An Exploration of Paul Bowles Piano-Solo Pieces"

This research paper provides a general overview of the piano-solo literature by the American composer Paul Frederic Bowles (1910-1999). Thanks to recent contributions, this repertoire is now available in recordings and musical scores as it has never been before. This paper is divided into two sections. The first covers the biography of Paul Bowles and his musical achievements composer, along with his research into the folk music of Morocco and his literary writings as a music critic for the journal Modern Music and for The New Herald Tribune. The second part is about Bowles’ piano-solo output, divided thematically into pieces with similar forms and structures.