Fellow: Awarded 1941
Field of Study: Music Composition
Competition: US & Canada
As published in the Foundation’s Report for 1941–42:
BOWLES, PAUL: Appointed for creative work in musical composition; tenure, twelve months from April 1, 1941.
Born December 30, 1910, New York City. Education: University of Virginia, 1928–30. Musical studies with Aaron Copland and Virgil Thomson.
Principal compositions: Incidental music for Federal Theatre plays directed by Orson Welles: “Horse Eats Hat,” 1936, and “Dr. Faustus,” 1936-37; for plays by William Saroyan, produced by Theatre Guild: “My Heart’s In The Highland,” 1939, and “Love’s Old Sweet Song,” 1940; for “Twelfth Night,” produced by the Theatre Guild, 1940; for “Liberty Jones,” by Philip Barry, produced by the Theatre Guild, 1941; and for “Watch on the Rhine,” by Lillian Hellman, 1941. Film score for “Roots in the Earth,” produced by U. S. Department of Agriculture, 1940. Ballets for Ballet Caravan: “Yankee Clipper,” 1936, and “Pastorelas” (ballet with songs), 1941. Chamber music performed by the British Music Society, 1931; by the League of Composers, 1933, 1936; at Yaddo, 1932, 1940; by National Broadcasting Company, 1935; at the Hartford Festival, 1936; by Composers’ Forum Laboratory, 1936–38; at High Low Concerts, 1938; Cincinnati Contemporary Music Series, 1937; at New Masses Concert, 1938.
Recordings: Three Pieces for Piano, recorded by New Music Quarterly Recordings, 1939.
Music Publications: Ainsi Parfois Nos Seuils, published by Cos Cob Press, 1934; Café sin Nombre, and Four Songs, published by New Music, 1935; Huapango and Huapango, El Sol, published by Axelrod Publications, 1939; Of All the Things I Love and The Years (texts by William Saroyan), published by Chappell, 1940.
Publications: Articles and reviews in La Revue Musicale and Modern Music.