Large quarto (380 x 320 mm). Original gray paper wrappers with rectangular paper label 76 x 127 mm, to upper. 24ff. printed on one side only, glued back-to-back.
With autograph title label to upper wrapper signed by the composer, "Liberation... Henry Cowell, 61-7th Ave. So. N.Y. City," in black ink.
With printed notice "Reproduced and Bound by Independent Music Publishers" crossed out by the composer and replaced by "Mvt. #1 of Symphony No. 2 Anthropos Copyist's hand... CF Peters pub." in another hand in blue ink and Cowell's address crossed out in pencil and replaced with "169 W 102 st." Additional manuscript titling to right margin of upper wrapper in black ink.
Wrappers somewhat worn; right edge frayed and chipped. Slightly worn, creased, soiled, and browned; some small edge tears.
Rare. Lichtenwanger: The Music of Henry Cowell: A Descriptive Catalog, no. 541.
Liberation is the fourth and final part of Cowell's Symphony No. 2: Anthropos, the other parts being Repose, Activity, and Repression. Cowell composed the work in 1938 during his incarceration in San Quentin on morals charges relating to sexual activity with young men; he served 4 years of a 15-year sentence and was then paroled and eventually pardoned by Governor Earl Warren. The work was first performed in Brooklyn, New York, on March 9, 1941, conducted by Cowell.
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