Henry has a captivating quality about him. This is directly from Orlando Cole. When you're with him you're with 100 years of western musical culture. For someone interested in classical music, you have a window into another time and another place. This will shut once he dies and moves on to his fourth order world.
Take this bit of exposition from Will on p. 10:
We finished dinner just before 7:00 p.m. Conversation had been pleasant. it had been limited to Henry's lecturing me on the proper teaching of the cello. I wouldn't have sat still for such a lecture by an ordinary person. But from Henry? I don't think so. He deserved my attention, no matter how boring the material. I felt almost flattered to be with him. I was sorry when the time came for us to hurry back. It didn't feel then as though he were complicating my life.I still feel that way: the man deserves being paid attention to because of the "giantness" of him in the evolution of western music.
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