Young and Matured Henry Cowell with his music note.
 
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[915]D HC to Olive Cowell, 3 Jun 1963:-". . . finished Symphony #17 and
 a2-movement duet for violin and cello to be played here at Maverick
concert in late autumn." The Hymn and Fuguing Tune number was
an afterthought, arrived at because the existing No. 15, now 15-A
(no. 893), is an Anniversary Piece, No. 16 (no. 921) had already been
assigned, and HC did not want to abandon chronological order.
 F At a Maverick Concert, Woodstock, NY, in Maverick Concert Hall,
by Renato Bonacini (violin) and Leo Rostal (cello), 1 Sep 1963
 M (a) Ink scores on a total of 12 masters, representing both versions
(b) Pencil draft of the first version complete on 5p
(c) Pencil sketches incomplete on 3p, mislabeled "Hymn and Fugu-
ing Tune #17"
 C The Fuguing Tune, which constitutes the main theme in both ver-
sions, also provides a striking example of the theme used in four other
late Cowell works, with even a slight suggestion of the opening phrase
in no. 110 of 1914. This version of the theme is taken bodily into sec-
tion 2, movement 1, of Symphony No. 17 (no. 916), not merely ar-
ranged this time but developed at considerable length. The greater
length of the 2nd version of No. 15-B is due to greater use of a ground.
(See Plate 7.)
Air and Scherzo see no. 897a
916 Symphony No. 17 [for orchestra] 1962
(1) Moderate - Allegro - Allegro - Allegro - Allegro - Maestoso,
pl-21
(2) Andante vigoroso (♩ = 92), p22-24
(3) Drone and Ground. Maestoso (♩ = 80), p25-30
(4) Presto (♩. = 116 to 120), p31-41
(5) Allegro (Half Note = 80) - Maestoso - Allegro - Allegro (♩ = ca 132) -
   Half Note = 80 - Allargando (Half Note = 72), p42-54
 D 3 Jun 1963. The city of Lancaster, PA, invited HC to visit and to
write something for its orchestra, in connection with the 1962 celebra-
tions of his long professional career. When HC responded to his award
at Lancaster on 5 Feb 1963, he told the audience he had finished the
Lancaster Overture "last December fifth"?and since then he had ex-
panded the overture into a full-blown 5-movement symphony. That
was a bit of poetic license, for only on 3 Jun 1963 did he write Olive
Cowell that he had completed the whole work.
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