Night (TTBBB chorus, falsetto or boys' chorus ad libitum, a cappella)


Henry Cowell

Publication Information

From Day, Evening, Night, Morning (1950)

Original Listing

Paul Laurence Dunbar, Night

Biographical Information

(1897-1965) Cowell studied at the University of California. He later wrote a book entitled New Musical Resources (1919; published 1930), which was an influential technical study of music. He taught at the New School for Social Research in New York City in 1932–52 and, from 1949, at Columbia University. With the Russian engineer Leon Theremin, Cowell built the Rhythmicon, an electronic instrument that could produce 16 different simultaneous rhythms, and he composed Rhythmicana (1931; first performed 1971), a work specifically written for the instrument. In order to publish the scores of modern composers, he founded the New Music Quarterly in 1927 and was its editor until 1936. He also edited American Composers on American Music (1933). Lastly he wrote with his wife Charles Ives and His Music (1955).