Edward Aldwell occupied an unusual and unique place at the intersection of three creative and intellectual thoroughfares: artistic performance, scholarship, and teaching. Excelling in any of these is rare, and the fortunate few who succeed reap ample benefits throughout their careers. Excelling in two is the domain of a chosen few. Embracing all three is practically unheard of. Edward Aldwell not only did so, but he did it with sprezzatura, the easy elegance and grace of the artist who doesn’t have to prove a thing – which then proves everything.
The dedication and loyalty of his students and the touching reminiscences of their life-changing encounters with Edward Aldwell the teacher attest as much as their international careers to the excellence of Edward Aldwell’s teaching. Harmony and Voice Leading, co-authored with Carl Schachter, which is now the standard text in music programs everywhere, [and his articles, published and unpublished…] attest to the quality and level of his scholarship. Above all else, his legendary Bach recitals and half a dozen recording projects captured in the celebrated Bach and Hindemith albums are proof of Edward Aldwell’s legacy as an artist of the first rank.


 
Because Edward Aldwell’s opus vitae was so cruelly and unexpectedly interrupted in midstream, an immense body of work in progress remains unfinished. Stacks of text analysis awaiting publication and application in the classroom are now awaiting the scrutiny of intellectuals heirs to edit and prepare for publication. Tapes of past recordings of formal and informal performances need sifting through and await decisions as to their future in the public domain. Boxes of archival materials need sorting and cataloguing. In all this, the present memorial site hopes to make a modest and limited contribution by serving as a clearing house and interactive online repository of our collective memory of Edward Aldwell, which is now dispersed in the minds and hearts of the countless people whose lives he has touched. Unfortunately, there is nothing we can do about Edward’s last unfinished project but stand before the English Suites open on his piano and try to imagine what might have been…