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PostPosted: Mon Apr 15, 2013 7:25 pm    Post subject: Chris Martin on Adolph Herseth Reply with quote

(This tribute was posted on facebook.)
Chris Martin on Adolph Herseth:

On this day of mourning, I know I speak for the members of the CSO trumpet section in offering our deepest condolences to the family of Adolph Herseth.

Bud's impact on the music world was so monumental that every brass player alive surely has heard his brilliant, clear, inimitable tone and been changed by its clarion beauty. The astounding longevity of Bud’s 56 year career is only surpassed by the unfailingly high standard he upheld each and every day in the CSO. He was, as Daniel Barenboim aptly named him, a “pillar” of the CSO because his standard was not limited to merely equaling what he had done before but spurred on by the ideal of the excellence he could imagine. Bud combined that imagination with an unquestioning, unrelenting work ethic to do whatever it took to achieve his highest aspirations, and we have all been the fortunate beneficiaries over these 65 years.

Through his thousands of concerts, multitude of iconic recordings, and innumerable lessons and coachings, Bud had something else to teach us. It is a lesson he rarely spoke of but lived everyday: courageous sacrifice. Courage to go beyond the obvious requirements of what is expected, even if it’s more work for yourself and those around you, and a willingness to sacrifice what is comfortable and safe for something higher and perhaps unattainable. For Bud, of course, so much was attained and, in turn, given back to all.

And perhaps this is one of Bud’s most important lessons: that in the end after so much work, after endless hours honing that perfect sonic blend of strength and beauty, after countless life-changing concerts, ovations, accolades and adulations, what mattered most was the simple act of giving. Giving of his best self, his wisdom, and his heart through music. Bud spent his life in pursuit of a visionary level of trumpet artistry no one before him imagined existed and in so doing changed the course of music history.

Bud said at the end of his career that he would have started it all over again if he could. The wonderful thing about the gift of music is that he can and he does. Each time a young trumpeter hears the Reiner Zarathustra or a Solti Pictures or Mahler 5 for the first time and realizes the expressive power of a trumpet, Bud starts over again. Each time the four of us in the CSO, or in any orchestral section, or in a military band, or in a brass quintet, or in a classroom of students decides to “give it our best every time we have the chance,” Bud starts over again.

I know the CSO trumpet section feels, as Bud did, that we are all "lucky to be here," and we share in the responsibility to try our best to uphold his legacy for the next generation.

Chris Martin
Adolph Herseth Principal Trumpet Chair
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 15, 2013 8:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow...simply amazing. One of the most classiest things I have ever read.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 16, 2013 9:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just as good at writing as he is behind the bell. Well said by Chris Martin.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 16, 2013 9:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Most impressive writing; thanks for the post.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 16, 2013 10:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well said Chris, worthy of Bud!
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 16, 2013 10:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Can't think of a better man to carry on Bud's greatness than Chris Martin. Very sincere thoughts.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 19, 2013 11:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Heartfelt words so well-written.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 19, 2013 1:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

He will be missed...thanks for the post
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 19, 2013 2:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Beautifully expressed.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 19, 2013 4:15 pm    Post subject: Herseth Reply with quote

Hey Chris,
Extremely well said !
You've always been a class act, and I miss you, my man!
All the best,

Bob Earley
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 20, 2013 6:24 pm    Post subject: Re: Chris Martin on Adolph Herseth Reply with quote

alexwill wrote:
Each time a young trumpeter hears the Reiner Zarathustra or a Solti Pictures or Mahler 5 for the first time and realizes the expressive power of a trumpet, Bud starts over again. Each time the four of us in the CSO, or in any orchestral section, or in a military band, or in a brass quintet, or in a classroom of students decides to “give it our best every time we have the chance,” Bud starts over again.


Almost brought a tear to my eye. Very well said, Chris. Ty, Alex.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 21, 2013 9:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very well written. Bud was an Idol to me and my colleagues at U of Ottawa and we were all taken back from the news of his passing.
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