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Cadman, Charles Wakefield (1881-1946)

Typed Statement Signed

"Charles Wakefield Cadman Mus. D.". November 24, 1945. 11" h x 7" w. One page on letterhead. In excellent condition (with typical folds and paperclip imprint at upper right corner).
Cadman offers a statement on his approach to orchestration with recommendations for young composers:

I have no set principles for the science of orchestration but feel it is right to be both eclectic and liberal in the matter of scoring a composition for the grand orchestra. A present day composer should be as creative as his talent permits and if he is ingenius enough to discover new colors and new effects with his orchestral palette by all means let him employ them. But I do not see how he can disregard the successes of his predecessors…

The statement was almost certainly written for inclusion in Arthur Cohn's The Art and Science of Orchestration, a book for which several leading American composers enthusiastically offered their input and music. Although Cohn never finished the project, his drafts, notes, illustrations, and research clippings are intact at the New York Public Library.
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