Young and Matured Henry Cowell with his music note.
 
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405 The Banshee [for piano strings]
Tempo rubato
 D 3 Feb 1925. This work, probably the best-known (or most talked
about) of HC's "piano string" pieces, may have been composed as early
as 1923 but not written down until later. It is not recorded in CD;
the earliest documented reference to it is a remark in HC's letter to
his father of 3 Feb 1925 that "the Bansheeh&d to be repeated" (place
of recital unknown).
 M Pencil draft complete on 1 staff (with bass clef) at top of 1 page, the
measures of indefinite length
 P Sheet music (Ip of music, Ip of instructions for sounding the piano
in the 12 different ways required) copyright 1930, Walter A. Quincke
(later AMP); R in Piano Music by Henry Cowell (AMP, 1960), p8-9
 C The Banshee may have been the earliest of HC's music to be used
by a top-ranking dancer in America (Yvonne Daunt had danced an
entire program with HC playing his pieces at Paris, 16 Dec 1923).
In her dance recital at the John Golden Theatre, New York, 15 Apr
1928, Doris Humphrey used The Banshee with HC playing it on
piano. In Dance Scope 2:2 (Spring 1966), p8, there is an unsigned
comment on the performance with a quotation from SRC; "She came
in on a wire, like Peter Pan. She had a piece of grey chiffon, and
she ran with it over her face and with her mouth open. Henry liked
that. He thought it was just what a banshee should look like."
405a The Banshee [arranged for piano strings and chamber orchestra]
 D Arranged in 1928 as movement 1 of no. 452
406AComposition for String Piano with Ensemble 1925
(1) Largo. String Piano with Small Orchestra (0111 hom[?]
4-part str, no db), pl-6
(2) Allegretto con moto. String Piano with Solo Violin, p7-9
(3) Presto. String Piano with String Quartet, plO-20
 D 1925
 I In HC's hand at bottom of pi: "The sweeps in this work can be played
on any upright piano, and upon most grands; certain makes of grands
will be found however, upon which they are impractical owing to
the horizontal posts which prevent the frame from collapsing."
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