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Category: Music - Classical
Reference No: 7174
Status: Available
Price: £40.00
  Frederic H. Cowen

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Jamaican-born English conductor and pianist, and a composer who ranks among the five most significant of the lateVictorian era, alongside Sullivan, Mackenzie, Parry and Stanford, though very little of his work is currently available in recorded form


Cowen regarded himself as a symphonist, with six symphonies to his credit (the 3rd, his “Scandivian” symphony, is the most important, but excelled in lighter music, such as the concert overture The Butterfly's Ball, inspired by a well-known children's poem and his Indian Rhapsody, first performed at the Hereford Festival in 1903.

He also acquired a reputation as 'the English Schubert' for his contribution to English song.


Cowen was one of the busiest musicians of his time. In addition to his work as a composer, he was the conductor of three orchestras: the London Philharmonic, the Liverpool Orchestra, and the Scottish Orchestra. He also headed two choral societies in Bradford, and was the organiser of music festivals at Scarborough and Cardiff, and a number of isolated concerts in addition.

This is a very fine
musical quotation, signature and date (Jan 3rd 1918) in black fountain pen ink on a 7" x 6" album page. In very good condition.