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Henry CowellA Man Made of Music$
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Joel Sachs

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780195108958

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195108958.001.0001

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Europe Again

Europe Again

(p.420) 49 Europe Again
Henry Cowell

Joel Sachs

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on Henry Cowell's travel to Europe after World War II, one of American artists sent by the U.S. government abroad to talk about their work in an effort to repair the damage Nazi propaganda had inflicted upon America's reputation. Henry was a good asset because he could stimulate the revival of Germany's musical life by informing musicians about modernist activities during the Nazi blackout. In 1953, the United States Information Agency was created to showcase the country's multifaceted culture through the network of America Houses or American Centers. When it seemed likely that Henry would be invited to the 1955 World Music Days in Baden-Baden sponsored by the International Society for Contemporary Music, Adolph Weiss suggested that he lecture at America Houses. Henry's trip lasted from May 30 to July 4, 1955, with stops planned for Shannon, London, Paris, Vienna, Munich, Frankfurt, Copenhagen, and Oslo.

Keywords:   travel, Henry Cowell, Europe, Nazi, propaganda, Germany, United States Information Agency, America Houses, World Music Days, International Society for Contemporary Music

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