Young and Matured Henry Cowell with his music note.
 
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followed-though not always, for at times HC's holograph seemed more signifi- cant, and sometimes there was no ready access to a published score. Comparison of the pagination below the heading with the totals in M and P below will show which was used.

Sub-Sections: Each entry is divided into sections, each identified bv a capital letter as follows: D. T, I. F, M, P, and C.

"D" section. Includes the date according to which a work has been inserted in the chronological series of entries, plus data about the circumstances of composi- tion including dedications and commissions. The order of entries is chronological in terms of the earliest documented date by which a work is known to have been completed. Many of these documented dates have little to do specifically with the completion of the work; there was no attempt to reason that "if an orchestra played the piece on 19 March it must have been rehearsed, and before that the parts had to be copied, so ... ." That way lay madness. In many in- stances a date may appear precise-21 April 1941-but is really a terminus ante qucm, the date by which the work is known to have been completed.

The documentation for the date is identified somewhere in each entry. It may come from a letter of HC ("just finished scoring the Rondo for Sevitzky"). It may come from a recital or concert program, a newspaper review, a contract with a publisher, a copyright application date, an entry in one of HC's dozen or so lists, or a caption date in HC's hand. Those caption dates are not often as precise or as reliable as the other soures, however, and HC did not begin to use them until about 1940. Sometimes they appear merely to indicate the end of one stage in the preparation of a finished score; sometimes they even appear to be starting dates.

A.s for lists. HC compiled over the years a dozen or so lists of his works, the first two of which are the most reliable:

(a) Compository Dates ("CD"), a notebook started in 1913, going back to the middle of 1912. The present catalog in general follows the CD dates (except during HC's army service period, explained below) until 1922, when days and months were no longer entered, and more and more works failed to be listed.

(b) List "C2." compiled in the summer or fall of 1940 and listing by year the works created in San Quentin. While there, HC had to supply his counselor with lists of "things accomplished here," though apparently at no set intervals; one such list dated 26 March 1937 is particularly useful.
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