Young and Matured Henry Cowell with his music note.
 
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details. The homorhythmic passages plus the predominance of E major
suggest some connection?whether accidental or intentionally explor-
atory?with the two "night pieces" that follow (nos. 9 and 10).
 9 The Wierd Night [for piano]
Intro. - Presto - Adagio - Andante tranquil - Legato e dolciss.
 D ca 1910-11. Presumably from the same period as Night Sound (no.
10) which it preceded?or, less likely, succeeded.
 M Pencil draft on pl-3, p4 containing two homorhythmic "chorales"
in ink similar to those in nos. 8 and 10
 C The 41m on pl-3 present rapid fingerwork (including a long cadenza-
like passage of a kind that appears occasionally in HC's mature works)
in the right hand through the first 3 sections, all in E major. The left
hand has nothing at first, then slow bass progressions, then a simple
bass cantilena before both hands break off in mid-phrase. After a silent
measure the piece concludes with a simple 4-part hymn-like period
in Bb?as far from E major as HC could get.
10 The Night Sound: A Sonata [for piano]
Adagio
 D ca 1910-11. HC added "aet. 13" to his caption, thus dating the work
Mar 1910-Mar 1911.
 M The pencil draft omits section 1 of The Wierd Night, to which this
piece is clearly related, but retains E-major 32nd-note arpeggios in
the right hand over "il basso poco marcato." Then comes the caden-
za in the right hand, then abruptly a measure of modulation and tran-
sition leading to an 8m homorhythmic 4-part passage in F major, com-
mon time, ending with a double bar. But the double bar is not final:
another 8m period in the same style ensues, ending the entire piece
in G major and 3/4 time.
 C It may be argued that The Weird Night (which has been "Wierd"
here long enough) is the successor to Night Sound and not vice versa.
Yet an attempt to erase the Weird Night title, HC's dignifying Night
Sound as "A Sonata," even recording his age upon the manuscript,
his remark to SRC (reported in her note laid in) that Night Sound
was "among the first ten or twelve pieces," even the correct spelling
for once of Adagio?all these factors point to Night Sound being con-
sidered by HC a climactic and favored work. The strongly contrasting
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