|ORCHESTRA : Synchrony; Two Appositions; Reel; Concerto for Piano and Orchestra; Suite for Chamber and Orchestra; Six Casual Developments; Ostinato Pianissimo; Exultation; Sinfonietta.|
|CHAMBER MUSIC : Quartet Pedantic; Quartet; Paragraphs for Violin, Viola; 'Cello; Ensemble for String Quintet and Thunderstick; Ensemble for Eight Woodwinds.|
|Compositions for piano, etc.|
About Henry Cowell:
Cowell, Henry. American Composers on American Music; Howard J. T. Our American Music.
SIR FREDERIC HYMEN COWEN was born in Kingston, Jamaica, on January 29, 1852. At the age of four he was brought to England where he began musical studies under Henry Russell. His talent for music manifested itself from the very first. At the age of six, he published a waltz; and two years later, he completed an operetta, Garibaldi, to a text written by his sister, aged seventeen. His musical studies continued under Goss and Benedict, and young Frederic made such rapid strides that, in 1863, he gave a piano recital at Her Majesty's Theatre. The following year he performed Mendelssohn Piano Concerto in D- Minor at a concert at which Josef Joachim also appeared. At an age when most music students first begin to acquire a pliancy and technical ease in playing the piano, Frederic was already an accomplished concert-artist.
"Master Frederic Cowen is a mere child," commented the Daily Telegraph, after these early appearances, "but in all of his performances he displays musician-like feeling no less than mechanical aptitude. His tone is full, his touch firm and decided, and there is nothing careless or slovenly to be detected in his execution."
In 1865, Cowen entered the Leipzig Conservatory for further intensive study under Moscheles, Richter and Reinecke, at the same time acquiring an intimate knowledge of musical literature by playing in string-quartets. The Prussian- Austrian War interrupted his studies and, returning to England, Cowen heard the first performance of one of his larger compositions, an overture played at Mellon's Promenade Concerts at____________________