Young and Matured Henry Cowell with his music note.
 
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Later lists include that of September 1940, an inventory of his works HC then had at hand, indicating they were holographs or copies of some kind. In De- cember 1940 he compiled a list of everything he had composed since June of that year. Another list dates from the mid-1940s, a later one from about 1955. There are other shorter ones, including one made in the last year of his life.

The dates from these sources, which have determined the order of entries in the catalog, of course vary in exactness. The principle followed in establishing the order is that the more exactly dated work precedes the work less exactly dated. A work dated "31 Dec 1940" precedes one dated "Dec 1940," and that precedes one dated "Sep-Dec 1940," which in turn precedes "1940," which pre- cedes "ca 1940," which precedes "1938-40"-and so on. Most instances of works sharing the same date come about with year dates; whenever two or more works share the same documented date the order is alphabetical by title. The trickiest periods for dating are that of HC's army service (23 Feb 1918 to 6 May 1919) and the years 1922 through 1926 (when he stopped assigning even month dates in his CD and became more and more lax about even entering all his new com- positions). The following table explains the order of entries during those periods:

Feb 1918-May 1919: nos. 246-68, arranged by CD numbers 202-24;
1918-19(?): nos. 269-72, arranged by tentative dates;
Jun 1919-Dec 1921: nos. 225-346, arranged by dates when available, other-
wise by CD numbers and alphabetically for duplicate dates;
1922-25: nos. 347-422, works dated or clearly attributable to a particular
calendar year arranged in one alphabetical series for that year, followed
by another alphabet when the dating is more tentative;
1926: nos. 423-33, a single alphabetical series.

"T" section. T stands for texts that HC set to music. In his early years he used many texts in manuscript from his mother, his father, John 0. Varian, and other local sources.

"I" section. Information about performing forces, usually the instrumentation re- quired for orchestra or band works. First is the solo instrument, if any; then 4 digits for woodwinds, a space, and another 4 digits for brass. With the wood- winds it is taken for granted that any section can provide doubling if necessary; more complicated requirements, such as for several clarinets in different pitches, are itemized. "Timp" is listed separately from "perc"; and if the latter requires only 1 player that word usually suffices. If 2 or more percussion players are
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