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The intent behind this treatise is to introduce the Sonata for Violin and Piano (1941) by Roy Harris and the Sonata for Violin and Piano (1945) by Henry Cowell. The first chapter of the document is devoted to Roy Harris, and familiarizes the reader with his background, before an in-depth discussion of his Violin Sonata. The second chapter provides biographical information for Cowell, followed by information about the Violin Sonata. In the third chapter, I explore how the historical context and similar professional experiences of Cowell and Harris, two American composers who fundamentally disagreed about American music, led to the creation of markedly similar sonatas for violin and piano.