Young and Matured Henry Cowell with his music note.
 
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WHAT



All the musical works, complete or incomplete or at present unlocated, known to have been composed or arranged by Henry Cowell. The works are cited in their order of composition as nearly as possible, with brief descriptions (especially in regard to length and completeness) of the known autograph music manuscripts and any important copies, plus information about vocal texts, instrumentation, details of first performance and publication (by sale or rental) plus comment on other ger- mane matters.

WHERE



The principal sources for this catalog are housed in two great libraries. A majority of HC's holograph music manuscripts are in the Cowell Collection, Music Divi- sion. Library of Congress, Washington, DC ("CC at LC"). If no location is given for a music manuscript it can be assumed to be at LC-except for the 85 anniver- sary pieces ("AP") given by the composer to his wife, Sidney Robertson Cowell ("SRC"), on their anniversaries. Christmases, her birthdays, and a few other occa- sions from their marriage in 1941 until his death in 1965; these pieces are in the Cowell Collection, Music Research Division, New York Public Library at Lincoln Center ("CC at NYPL"). More important in CC at NYPL are many hundreds of letters (both by and to HC) and other Cowell papers. Together with a voluminous collection of programs and a clipping file, plus various odds and ends, these make NYPL (which also has Cowell music, programs, and other matter in its general col- lections) a unique source of information about HC's life and career. The Library of Congress, too, has important HC music (and some letters) in Music Division col- lections other than the CC there. Finally, the Fleisher Collection in the Philadelphia Free Library ("FC at PhFL") has a considerable number of orchestral works by HC in copyists' manuscripts, plus some photocopies of HC holographs.
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