Young and Matured Henry Cowell with his music note.
 
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WHO



Besides HC, the leading persona of this catalog is his widow, SRC, who had the foresight to go through his manuscripts with him during his later years (especially 1963) and to transmit-on folder captions, notes laid in with the manuscripts, and other means-his recollections of many of his less well-known works, especially the many uncompleted torsos and fragments. That information is identified in this catalog as "HC via SRC" or by some similar formula. All other personae are iden- tified by their names; HC's mother, Clarissa Dixon; his father. Harry Cowell- his stepmother. Olive Cowell; and friends such as Nicolas Slonimsky and Charles Ives with whom HC corresponded over the years.

HOW



Catalog entries and how they are made:

Entry numbers. The general arrangement is chronological (see section "D" below) and each work is given a number. (The works numbered 953 to 966 came to light too late to be put in the main chronology; they appear as addenda.) Movements or other sub-units within a larger work are listed under the main title with sub- numbers indicating their order within the larger work. In the case of multi-move- ment works, such as symphonies, the movements are cited beneath the main heading with their numbers in parentheses. The same is true of collective works (such as the 14 Ings) except that the collective number (353 for the Ings} is followed by a virgule (/) and a sub-number for each item in the set (Ings is 353; Floatingis 353/1) For cross-reference purposes the latter pattern is followed for movements; move- ment 2 of Symphony No. 1 (no. 245) may be referred to as 245/2. HC was espe- cially fond of combining into sets (one of his favorite terms) songs and pieces that he had originally composed as separate works. In each of these instances one or the other of the two numbering patterns is followed.

Furthermore HC often arranged works written in one performing medium for a different medium. Many piano pieces were arranged for ensembles-conversely many ensemble works were arranged for piano. Whatever the new medium the arrangements appear in the catalog immediately following the original works (but a see reference" is entered in the chronological series of the catalog at the time when the arrangement was made). Each arrangement is designated by the addi- tion of a lower-case letter to the original number: Heroic Dance for 10 Instruments is no. 483; arranged for piano it becomes no. 483a.

More complicated are the many situations where HC wrote a piece for one collec- tive work and then arranged it and put it in an entirely new one-which of course
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