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.
I – Con moto – Allegro
II – Lento
III – Allegro moderato
IV – Molto vivace