In the spring of 1923, Cowell, accompanied by his former piano teacher Richard Buhlig and another Buhlig student, on the journey of a lifetime to Europe. His first performance on tour created quite an uproar as “what [they] got to hear and see was, with the exception of two pieces in the first half, such meaningless strumming and such repulsive hacking at the keyboard not only with hands, but also even with fists, forearms and elbows, that one must call it a coarse obscenity – to put it mildly – to offer such a cacophony to the public, who in the end took it as a joke.” (Abendpost, 1923). His audience seemed to be divided into two main groups, one group who distasted his music and another who remained quiet, thus creating a brawl on the stage. Cowell had such success with his string-piano techniques later in Europe that more compositions, similar to The Banshee were composed.
Cowell continued his career as a performer and composer and for