Aldwinckle, Eric, Letter, [7 December 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: 
[7 December 1944]
Place: 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: 
00001608-2
Language: 
eng
Type: 
image
Format: 
jpg
Transcript: 

were shelves and cupboards promising much. When my turn came I asked "may I see Goosens piano works" The motherly soul said "Pardon" and I repeated my request changing the phrasing in case she thought I meant something else and she hesitated, obviously thinking rapidly in all directions. She eventually replied, "well, can you tell me what piece" I said "no", I just want to look over his music to buy one as a gift". "Oh, I don't think I can find it without a title. You see we file all our music by the title" which caused me much astonishment. Conferring with a male revealed the title "Kalaediscope" and the female busied to the rear where she conferred with another busy male and as I watched and caught a word here and there I was further astonished, because each of the thousands of 'files' of music consisted of dusty brown paper parcels with string tied around them, each of which had to be untied and unwrapped to reveal an assortment of composers, I suppose from Benny Goodman to Bach, whose particular composition happened to begin with K. The words I overheard were "fancy anyone asking just for a composer without a title" and I thought "fancy asking for a title without a composer." After much research it was decided that we must await the return from lunch of a more informed member of the establishment. Would I wait.