Young and Matured Henry Cowell with his music note.
 
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Some Notable Dates in the Life of Henry Dixon Cowell

1917Jan 15Leaves the Institute of Musical Art at his own request.
 Aug 18Produces The Building of Bamba at the annual convention of The Temple of the People at Halcyon (near Oceano), Califor- nia. His music is to a script by John 0. Varian, a leader of the theosophist group centered there. Provides entire accompaniment for soloists, chorus, general pageantry on the piano.
1918Feb 23Enlists in army. Spends most of 15 months as assistant director and flutist in a band at Camp Crane, near Allentown, Pennsylvania.
1919May 6 Discharged, embarks on career as composer-pianist.
 Nov 29Gives the first New York all-Cowell concert, assisted by singer and violinist, in John Wanamaker Auditorium, sponsored by the Globe's "Our Family Music" program. Repeats the program on 4 December for the Bahai Community of New York.
1923May 29After three years of building a touring career in the U.S.A., sails for Europe; spends eight months playing in Central Europe, France, and England, gaining wide publicity (or notoriety) as composer-pianist.
1924Feb 4Returns to the U.S.A. just in time for his formal debut in New York at Carnegie Hall, followed on 17 February by a second concert at Town Hall. General press reaction a guffaw of one kind or another, but he also wins some praise. Paul Rosenfeld in The Dial (76:4, Apr. p389-90) writes that "in an age of small technical innovations he cuts a not unrespectable figure . . . new lovely rolling sounds occur . . . the people who called for strait jackets had better be calling for ears for themselves."
1925 Himself established, undertakes to bolster the fortunes of other composers of new music by establishing the New Music Soci- ety: first concert 22 October in Los Angeles. Becomes a board member of the International Composers' Guild.
1927 First contacts with Charles Ives, who becomes the foremost con- tributor of funds to the New Music Society's Quarterly and other activities.
1928 Becomes lecturer on music (and later director of musical ac- tivities) at the New School for Social Research, New York. Is named to the board of advisers of the League of Composers.
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Some Notable Dates in the Life of Henry Dixon Cowell