Aldwinckle, Eric, Letter, 21 June 1943

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Description: 
Letter to Harry Somers

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Case Study: 
Creative Dialogue Across the Ocean: Eric Aldwinckle’s Letters to Harry Somers
Creator: 
Aldwinckle, Eric
Source: 
letter
Date: 
21 June 1943
Place: RCAF Headquarters, London
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Contributer: 
McMaster University Libraries
Rights: 
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.

Identifier: 
00001572
Language: 
eng
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image
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jpg
Transcript: 

F/o Eric Aldwinckle
R.C.A.F. Overseas Headquarters
June 21 1943
Dear Harry,
I am now answering yours of May 9th (rec'd June 19) answering my first letter, March 29th -- Ah me. Fine! By now, you should have letters dated April 2nd, May 21 and June 12th but of course one never knows.
I read your programme with interest and of course did notice a prelude by an Eric Aldwinckle with a pleasurable shock also reading an account of a very successful recital by a Harry Somers in my sister's letter which thrilled her to bits -- although I know Debussy and Aldwinckle is about as far into the moderns as she cares to go. You say 'They say he's rather queer" and I wonder who you've been talking to. Mundane minds no doubt who also think good modern music is 'queer' regardless of whether it is 'good' or not, just because it's original. He was deeply affected when he heard of your including his 'work' in your programme and immediately went to a piano and played it. 'Said he wanted to hear if it was alright and be present at the recital'. I suppose that is rather queer. However I see no point in discussing the man further -- He's gone for good now. However I'm glad you like his music. Oh he did mention a disappointment at never