Hello Ole and Tpin Folk,
Attached is a letter purported to be from Herbert L. CLarke to Elden
Hope you find it interesting..
To Whom it May Concern;
The following is a letter from Herbert L. Clarke to Elden Benge,
Perhaps one of the great ironies (Webster's 3rd usage) of the trumpet world.
ANGLO CANADIAN LEATHER CO.
( picture of Clarke Huntsvile, Ontario
here ) Canada
Winterset, I a.
My dear Mr. Benge:-
Replying to yours of the 19th just received, would
not advise you to change
from Cornet to Trumpet, as the latter
instrument is only a foreign fad for the time present, and is only used
properly in large orchestras of 60 or more, for dynamic effects, and
was never intended as a solo instrument.
I never heard of a real soloist playing before the
public on a Trumpet. One cannot play a decent song even, properly, on
it, and it has sprung up in the last few years like "jaz" music, which
is the nearest Hell, or the Devil, in music. It polutes the art of Music.
Am pleased that you are making improvements in your
playing. Keep it up, and become a great Cornet Player. You have an
equal chance with all the rest, but you must work for it yourself.
Wishing you all the best of success, I remain.
(signed) Herbert L. Clarke
1. Winterset, i a. is not an identified
2. The "19th" date is unclear. (sentence 1)
3. I was only 2 years old at the time of writing, hence have no first hand knowledge of the mood and prejudices of the Cornet players of the 1921 era.
4. The Header was done in very fancy ornate Gothic style type
5. The copy of the letter was obtained from Givan Lotz of Lotz Music in Seattle, Wa.