Young and Matured Henry Cowell with his music note.
 
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Acknowledgements

I like to think that Henry Cowell (henceforth "HC" herein) would have been pleased with this catalog if only because it resembles something that intrigued him as a com- poser: a mosaic. Perhaps a jigsaw puzzle would be a better analogy-he liked them too. Many dozens of kind persons have contributed to this puzzle: a piece here, a piece there, from as far away as Tokyo and Tel Aviv. An officer of the Vienna Philharmonic made repeated searches regarding the announced 1953 Israel tour of the Philharmonic's Kammerorchester. An official of the Guatemalan government filled in a blank relating to the premiere of HC's Chiaroscuro. A member of the Icelandic Embassy in Washington patiently explained away a seeming contradic- tion about the edifice that was inaugurated with the aid of HC's 16th Symphony.

Musicians and librarians of course supplied many of the missing puzzle pieces. Some of them are my old friends, some are new friends. I devoutly wish I could give public thanks here to each of them individually; but I decline to emulate a recent author whose acknowledgements filled many pages with names, just names, organized by country, city, and institution. To try to establish a hierarchy based on the size or relative importance of the pieces supplied would be preposterous. So I shall now turn on a stream of consciousness for a paragraph or so and let the names fall where they may; but these few receive my thanks to the many as well as to themselves.

Doris Hays I think of first because she and I both come from East Tennessee; she also was the first pianist to perform HC's piano concerto complete in the United States, a full half a century after he finished it. Sigurd Rascher has, as I have, a daughter named Karen; his Karen has joined with him in playing HC's saxophone pieces "hundreds of times" around the world. My old friend from six decades ago, the late Thor Johnson, by sheer serendipity solved a Cowell problem for me, all unknowingly, in 1953. Ruth Watanabe and Charles Lindahl lent a big helping hand with programs and performance records at Eastman. Martha Manion preceded me in HC publications with a wonderful guidebook to the literature about him that saved me much work. David Tudor was kind to me with regard to HC on one of the meanest mornings of my life. Sergeant Major Robert D. Moon together with his band librarian at West Point pulled the Enigma Variations out of their caps and sent me a copy of HC's holograph for the Library of Congress. The dancers
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