The Wind Band Music of Henry Cowell studies the compositions for wind band by twentieth-century composer Henry Cowell, a significant and prolific figure in American fine art music from 1914-1965. The composer is noteworthy and controversial because of his radical early works, his interest in non-Western musics, and his retrogressive mature style—along with notoriety for his imprisonment in San Quentin on a morals charge. Eleven chapters are organized both topically and chronologically. An introduction, conclusion, series of eight appendices, bibliography, and discography complete this comprehensive study, along with an audio playlist of representative works, hosted on the CMS website.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: Destined to Compose for Wind Band 2. The Genesis of the Early Band Works 3. Celtic Set for Band: The Countless California Confluences 4. The Celtic Set Letters from Cowell to Grainger, 1937-1940 5. Celtic Set—Composed by Cowell, Edited by Grainger, Rescored by Goldman 6. Cowell on His Own: Sublime Wind Band Music 7. Unpublished Band Works for Friends and Fellow Prisoners, 1938-1940 8. On Parole: Compositions for Band 9. Works for Band, 1942-1950 10. "Simplification with Substance": 1950-1965 11. Conclusions
Jeremy S. Brown is Professor of Music at the University of Calgary and the lead compiler of the Royal Conservatory of Music's inaugural Saxophone Series.