Young and Matured Henry Cowell with his music note.
 
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have concocted (see under the masthead of the May 1986 I.S.A.M. Newsletter). Wiley, it seemed to me, was aiming at a telephone book. Like a kind and patient father, nevertheless, he humored me now and then while constantly whispering "con- sistency," urging wise counsel on me, wielding his wizard editorial pen over my copy. My thanks to him are already great. They will no doubt continue to grow as I am forced to realize that I am not the Mark Twain of today's septuagenarian set.

Wiley is fortunate in having had able assistants. When we first talked of a pub- lished HC catalog his right hand at I.S.A.M. was the late Rita Mead, a remarkable person and a trail-blazer in HC research to whom this catalog is dedicated. Lou Gehrig's dread amyotrophic lateral sclerosis soon forced her retirement, and she was succeeded by the charming and astute Carol J. Oja, who in turn was succeeded by Alien Lott. Alien is the editor who first worked with my material in conjunction with editors of the American Grove to create a streamlined HC worklist, and then supervised the production of this volume. He is a master of his craft and has been a joy to work with. I am grateful to him (and to Emily Good, his recent successor) as well as Nancy Pardo and the others in the I.S.A.M. office. If there are typographical errors you can blame them (along with me); but errors of substance are mine, all mine. (My original contract with Sidney Cowell, as a matter of fact, required me to leave enough undone to attract future HC scholars. That proviso, at least, I have faithfully carried out.)

Finally, speaking still of institutions, there is the question of what to say about Nicolas Slonimsky. For years he signed his letters to me "formicatingly yours" or some variant thereof; yet he so blushed at the thought of standing before the members of the Music Library Association (Chapel Hill, 1968) and reading them his paper on "Sex and the Music Librarian" that he hired me to read it for him. He is the oldest and closest friend of HC alive, and he pondered many a question of mine about this catalog. But in various editions of Baker's Dictionary he has over-painted me in such appallingly purple prose that now, in regard to him, I am put speechless-a parlous plight totally unknown to Nicolas. I can only pluck my oboe as my heart murmurs cok tesekkiir ederim, arigato gozaimasu, ochen vam blagodaren.

Marriage, they say, is an institution. Yet when I consider all that my wife, Carolyn, has accomplished (such as scanning all the hundreds of HC letters at NYPL and digesting those pertaining to HC works) and suffered (no comment here) in the preparation of this catalog, I can think only in the fondest of personal terms. In- adequate though that sentence is, seeing it in print will bring her immense cheer: there will be no more "Cowelling" to interfere with family plans.
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