326 pages | 65 B/W Illus.
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.
LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS: Facsimiles of Manuscripts and Printed Music, Photographs, and Poetic Texts
FOREWORD: From the Series Editor
PREFACE: From the Author
ABBREVIATIONS FOR SIGLA
TREATMENT OF TITLES
CHAPTER 1: Introduction: Destined to Compose for Wind Band
A Brief Overview of American Wind Band History
Details of Cowell’s Arrest and Sentencing
Prison Composer and Musician
A Note on Dating Cowell’s Compositions
Isolation from the Musical Mainstream
CHAPTER 2: The Genesis of the Early Band Works
San Quentin State Prison
A Conspiracy of Bandsmen
Cowell and the San Quentin Concert Band
Sidney Robertson Cowell’s Views of Cowell’s Band Music
"The Jute Mill Works"
CHAPTER 3: Celtic Set for Band: The Countless California Confluences
Discovering "Irishness" with the Help of Percy Grainger
Cowell’s Devotion to Writing for the Wind Band
Making Contact: Expressions of Admiration
CHAPTER 4: The Celtic Set Letters from Cowell to Grainger, 1937-1940
The Dialogue Begins
A Summer of Unexpected Pleasures
Grainger’s Band Shell Letter of 24 August 1939
A New Cellblock Routine
Parole and Release into the Custody of Grainger
The Final Weeks at San Quentin
CHAPTER 5: Celtic Set—Composed by Cowell, Edited by Grainger, Rescored by Goldman
"Reel" ("Interlochen Camp Reel")
CHAPTER 6: Cowell on His Own: Sublime Wind Band Music
The Cowell Approach
"Air for Band"
The Realization of the Wind Ensemble Concept
CHAPTER 7: Unpublished Band Works for Friends and Fellow Prisoners, 1938-1940
"Herman’s Wedding March"
"Crystal Set" and "Quaint Minuet"
"The Exuberant Mexican: Danza Latina for Band"
"Christ lag in Todesbanden"
Polonaise by Chopin
Symphony No. 3 for Band with Strings
"Fire and Ice"
CHAPTER 8: On Parole: Compositions for Band
Birthday Gifts for Grainger
Little Concerto for Piano and Band
CHAPTER 9: Works for Band, 1942-1950
"Animal Magic of the Alaskan Esquimo"
Hymn and Fuguing Tune No. 1
A Pedagogical Study in the Spirit of Grainger
A Curse and A Blessing
CHAPTER 10: "Simplification with Substance": 1950-1965
CHAPTER 11: Conclusions
An Original Wind Band Scoring
An American Work Ethic and Inspiration in Adversity
Cowell’s Transethnic Aesthetic vs. the Eurocentric Mantra
The Spiritual Power of Music and the Absence of Rage
BIBLIOGRAPHY:Suggested Further Reading
DISCOGRAPHY: Recorded Performances
APPENDIX 1: The Wind Band Works of Cowell: A Classification
APPENDIX 2: The Unfinished Band Works of Cowell
APPENDIX 3: Inventory of Letters Consulted
APPENDIX 4: Grainger’s Letter of Support for Cowell’s Parole
APPENDIX 5: Scoring Comparison of the Four Version of Celtic Set
APPENDIX 6: A Henry Cowell / Ben Weber Curiosity
APPENDIX 7: Directions to Cowell’s New York Home
APPENDIX 8: The Cowell Collective
INDEX 1: Titles of Musical and Literary Works
INDEX 2: Names and Subjects
PLAYLIST: Recorded Examples
The CMS Sourcebooks in American Music series was conceived to underscore the remarkable diversity in our nation’s musical expression and to call attention to both landmark and representative achievements in its evolution. Whether the subject is a concert or stage work communicated through a notated score, a virtual performance frozen in time by modern technology (such as a film score or a recording), or some other mode of preservation not yet invented or standardized, the goal is the same: to gather materials for study, to reconsider and synthesize existing commentary and criticism, and to offer a fresh assessment or appreciation. These carefully written and engaging studies are fully documented, and are directed to teachers of music, students of music, and other lovers of music.