QUARTET FOR FLUTE, OBOE, CELLO AND HARPSICHORD

1954

Quartet
flute, oboe, cello and harpsichord

DURATION • 11 minutes

EDITOR •  Associated Music Publishers Inc (Schirmer)

PREMIERE • March 10, 1981 in New York, Christ and Stephen's Episcopal Church, by the Janus Ensemble

I - Con moto - Allegro

 
II - Lento

 

III - Allegro moderato

 

IV - Molto vivace

On July 9, 1954, Henry Cowell wrote to Olive Cowell:"... I have just completed a considerable work for four musicians: harpsichord, flute, oboe and cello. »

 

This piece was commissioned by harpsichordist Sylvia Marlowe, who apparently received it well but never gave it in concert. In 1962, at the request of harpist Fabien Sevitzky for a chamber music work, Henry Cowell adapted his quartet by replacing the harp with the harp.