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

1929MayVisits U.S.S.R. as a performer, and has two pieces accepted for publication by the State Publishing House (receiving cash pay- ment at the time of the agreement).
1930 Lectures at New School on what will become a lifelong favorite topic: "Newly-Discovered Principles of Oriental Music."
1931Apr 5Is awarded $2,500 Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship for the study of non-Western musics.
1932Jan-MayDemonstrates the rhythmicon, invented by him and constructed by Leo Theremin.
1933 Edits and partly writes American Composers on American Music (Stanford University Press).
1936May 22Is arrested at his home in Menio Park on statutory charges in- volving a 17-year-old-boy.
 Jul 8After trial, enters San Quentin Prison under an indeterminate sentence.
1937Jun 17Writes to Nicolas Slonimsky describing his newly conceived "elastic form" by which dancers can add or subtract small bits of music according to their choreographic needs.
1940Jun 26Is released from prison on parole to Percy Grainger of White Plains, New York, to be Grainger's "musical secretary."
1941Sep 27Marries Sidney Robertson.
1941-47 Is consultant to the Music Division of the Pan-American Union in Washington, DC.
1942Dec 29Is fully pardoned by the Governor of California, Earl Warren. The prosecuting attorney had become suspicious of the evidence for the conviction, restudied the case, and made the recommen- dation for pardon to the Governor.
1943-45 Is Senior Music Editor in the overseas branch of the Office of War Information, Washington, DC.
1946 Joins Serge Koussevitzky, Aaron Copland, and other prominent musicians in forming the American-Soviet Music Society to pro- mote negotiations for a copyright treaty between the U.S.A. and the U.S.S.R., among other things.
1948JulContributes to the column "Current Chronicle" in the Musical Quarterly the first of some 30 such articles that will appear through April 1957.
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