Henry Cowell's First Notes Review: Nicolas Slonimsky, 1945
Each Notes review began with a solicitation: a Notes staff member contacted a friend or colleague, a writer contacted the staff, or a book or music publishing company sent news to Notes about a newly published work.
Henry Cowell's relationship with Notes as a reviewer began when the book publisher Thomas Y. Crowell contacted Richard Hill, Editor-in-Chief of Notes, on April 19, 1945. The musicologist Nicolas Slonimsky wrote a new book: The Music of Latin America. Richard Hill then asked Henry if he would write the review, a draft was sent and edited, and then the issue went off to the printer.
The correspondence in the MLA Archives reveals that this was the beginning of a different relationship between Henry Cowell and the Library of Congress Music Division's staff; they were already acquainted as fellow researchers and educators, as well as through Sidney Cowell's years of personal research at the Library of Congress Music Division.
Nicolas Slonimsky (1894–1995) was a Russian-born musicologist, lexicographer, conductor, pianist, and composer. He emigrated to the United States in 1923.
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