Frederic Hymen Cowen

Frederic Hymen Cowen Music Recordings and Sheet Music

  • Born
    29th January 1852
  • Died
    6th October 1935
  • Birthplace
    Kingston, Jamaica

Sir Frederic Hymen Cowen was a British pianist, conductor and composer. Cowen’s career, both as composer and conductor, is now almost forgotten. Although he regarded himself primarily as a symphonist, he was most successful in lighter orchestral pieces when treating fantastic or fairy subjects, where his gifts for graceful melody and colourful orchestration are shown to best advantage. Whether in his cantatas for female voices, his charming Sleeping Beauty, his Water Lily or his pretty overture, The Butterfly's Ball (1901), he succeeds in finding graceful expression for the poetical idea. His dance music, such as is to be found in various orchestral suites, is refined, original and admirably instrumented. Much of his more serious music is commendable rather than inspired and seldom successful in portraying the graver aspects of emotion.

Title Form Instrument Ratings
The Language of Flowers, Set 1 Ballet Orchestra
My Art and My Friends Books N/A
A Daughter of the Sea Cantata Voice(s) and Instruments
He Giveth His Beloved Sleep Cantata Voice(s) and Orchestra
Saint Ursula Cantata Voice(s) and Orchestra
Sleeping Beauty Cantata Voice(s) and Orchestra
St. John's Eve Cantata Voice(s) and Orchestra
Summer on the River Cantata Voice(s) and Piano
The Corsair Cantata Choir and Orchestra
The Rose Maiden, Op.3 Cantata Voice(s) and Orchestra
The Rose of Life Cantata Choir and Instrument
The Transfiguration Cantata Voice(s) and Orchestra
The Water-Lily Cantata Voice(s) and Orchestra
Village Scenes Cantata Voice(s) and Instruments
John Gilpin Chorale Voice(s) and Orchestra
Konzertstück for Piano and Orchestra Concerto Piano and orchestra
4 English Dances in the Olden Style Dance Orchestra
4 Vocal Duets Duet Voice(s) and Piano
Coronation March March Orchestra
Harold Opera / Operetta Voice(s) and Orchestra