Aldwinckle, Eric, Letter, 10 February 1945

Letter to Harry and Ruth Somers


Case Study: 
Creative Dialogue Across the Ocean: Eric Aldwinckle’s Letters to Harry Somers
Aldwinckle, Eric
10 February 1945
Place: RCAF Headquarters, London
McMaster University Libraries
Copyright, public domain: McMaster University owns the rights to the archival copy of the digital image in TIFF format. Reproduced with the kind permission of Margaret Bridgman.


who wanted to see the score. She had a quartet of some renown before the war. Played in London and Paris. I like her. She is a very intelligent woman of about 50 -- very charming with a masculinity which is not overpowering. I have left the score with her to read. She is going to consult available quartets. Herself is doing war work and has lost her quartet for the time. The difficulty here is the availability of musicians. Her remarks on glancing through were "It is well written" and she liked the construction. She asked if it would be possible to get the parts, if a rendition was going to be given, and I said I thought I could possibly borrow the parts from Canada. She will let me know. And I will ask Harry if it is possible for him to send parts. Oh-H-a-rrrrr-eeee.
I finished the "Promenade" at her request and sent a * copy to Harry yesterday. Please, I couldn't help the glossy photograph instead of a nice mat photostats but was lucky to have copies made at all, so can't be choosy. The result is also grosser than my nice original because they have enlarged it slightly.
The musical "smile" is very slight, was started before I met Harry and is of no importance. However I justify myself that a smile is not a very original idea but it is often welcome and sometimes pleasing.
Hyman Goodman (Toronto Symphony) played its debut with me at the Churchill Club at Westminster last week and it was well received by a Music Group. He may be doing it over the air on The Forces programme soon.
*also not to be taken seriously owing to the alteration made in dating this letter two weeks after writing. (See note 2a)
Note 2a: It's all too confusing