Aldwinckle, Eric, Letter, 5 April 1944

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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: 
5 April 1944
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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: 
00001594-4
Language: 
eng
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image
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jpg
Transcript: 

Good thing sending you Mikcosmos [?] was worth while. I was dubious about your idea of it -- It's good study. I have been away from music for two months. At the R.A.F. station, the largest (permanent buildings) the only piano was a lovely Beckstein grand which had been reduced to the appearance of and sound of a set of decayed false teeth clicking.
I have just returned to London, and before your gifts had arrived, like a hungry wolf I blundered into a piano studio (of which there are about three in this metropolis of over 10 000 bodies) and I ordered served up 4 hours of pianistic privacy.
Successfully and delightfully I communed for ideas were just cramming there way out, but inspiration rose, calmed them, pacified them to an orderly exit avoiding a dreadful panic. No one was hurt.
The results begin to be interesting, but time, time, piano, pianos, where are you? I wonder. I never cease to wonder. [very long dash]
Your reflections mean a great deal to me.
A great deal.
No we never did finish a chess game.
But I'm glad in a way
I do not really want to put my wits against you
but for you.
Eric.