List of works by Henry Cowell

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The table below gives the following information for works by Henry Cowell (where applicable):

  • HC number — From William Lichtenwanger's catalog
  • Title — as used on IMSLP.
  • Tempo — Exactly as written on the score.
  • Key — the principal key of the work, if any.
  • Date — the year(s) of composition, where known.
  • Scoring — the instrumentation used.
  • Genre — as used by IMSLP's categorization system.
  • Notes — including references to related works, and publication information.

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HC No. Title Tempo Key Date Scoring Genre Notes
1 The Waves 1907 Melodic line only Songs Pencil draft incomplete. Unpublished.
2 The Golden Legend Sustained 1908-9 Piano Pieces Unpublished
3 Lullaby Largo - "Running lightly" 1910 Piano Lullabies Notes ran into another page, which is now lost
4 Fragments for Piano Cantabile 1910 Piano Pieces Unpublished
5 Waltz Dreamily - Poco lento 1910 Piano Waltzes Unpublished and unfinished
6 Dirge Adageo 1910-11 Piano Pieces Adagio misspelled and sharps are in the wrong order in the key signature. Unpublished.
7 Dirge Adageo non troppe 1910-11 Piano Pieces Pencil sketch, very sparse. Unpublished.
8 Fragments Vivace/Presto ; Allegro agitato ; Maestoso ; Allegro 1910-11 Piano Pieces Unpublished
9 The Weird Night Presto ; Adagio ; Andante tranquil ; Legato e dolciss 1910-11 Piano Pieces Unpublished
10 The Night Sound Adagio 1910-11 Piano Sonatas Unpublished
11 The Dinosaur's Skirt Dance Molto allegro 1911 Piano Pieces Large note-heads suggest a possible earlier dating of this piece. Unpublished.
12 Funeral March Adagio 1911 Piano Funeral marches Measure 16 completes the theme. Unpublished.
13 Lento Lento quasi Andantino D major 1910-11 Piano Lentos Unpublished
14 March 1911 Piano Marches Unpublished
15 Rippling Waters Presto 1911 Piano Waltzes 3 miniature waltzes written on large orchestral paper. Unpublished
16 Sonata Largo ; Adageo ; Allegro ; Adageo 1911 Piano Sonatas Unfinished after measure 31. Unpublished
17 Waltzes and other sketches 1911 Piano Waltzes Continues the pattern of No.15. Unpublished
18 Andantino Andantino B major 1911-12 Piano Andantinos Unpublished
19 Etude Moderate C major 1911-12 Piano Studies Dating uncertain; it could be earlier. Unpublished
20 The Moonlight Forest Andantino con expressive 1911-12 Piano Pieces Various fragments. Unpublished
21 The Rag Waltz Allegro 1911-12 Piano Waltzes Pencil sketch. Unpublished
22 Ghoul's Gallop Allegretto 1912 Piano Pieces Many rests, and static repetitions. Unpublished.
23 Lento Lento E major 1912 Piano Lentos Unpublished
24 Piano Quartet Allegro 1912 3 Violins, piano Pieces Pencil draft on large orchestral score paper. Unpublished
25 Quasi Fuga Allegretto con moto 1912 Piano Fugues Dedicated to Mrs. Robinson. Unpublished
26 Sonata Allegro 1912 2 Pianos Sonatas Pencil draft incomplete on page 3. Unpublished
27 Opus I Allegretto con moto 1912 Piano Pieces Only nos. 27/2 and 27/4 are known from surviving copies
28 Spring Song 1912 Piano Pieces Unpublished
29 Nocturne Andante con moto 1913 Piano Fugues Complete on page 4. Unpublished
30 Freak de concert Allegro 1913 Piano Pieces Dedicated to Dr. Jaime De Angulo. Unpublished
31 Polish Dance Presto 1913 Piano Dances Pencil draft complete on page 4
32 Prelude No.2 Lento 1913 Piano Preludes Unpublished
33 Prelude No.1 after the Style of Bach Andante 1913 Piano Preludes Dedicated to Dr. Blodgett
34 Valse lente Andante 1913 Piano Waltzes Pencil draft incomplete after measure 31
35 Bersuse [sic] Lento 1913 Piano Berceuses Pencil draft complete. It was dedicated to Clara Malcolm. A description can be found at Worldcat.
36 Fairys Dance No.3 in a Popular Style Presto e delicato sempre 1913 Piano Dances This was Cowell's first work to be mentioned in a review. (35 may be a sketch for 36?)
37 Invention quasi Bach, a tre voce Andante con moto 1913 Piano Inventions See Worldcat listing as per 35 (same work as 35 or manuscript convolute? Unclear!)
38 Brownie's Dance Molto allegro 1913 Piano Dances See WorldCat listing.
39 Romance Presto e delicato sempre 1913 Piano Romances No copy known
40 Savage Suite Presto e delicato sempre 1913 Piano Suites