Christine Hoffman

May 11th, 2009 § 0

My husband Alan was a composition student of your father’s and I had had him for Form and Analysis and Counterpoint (he usually called me “Celesta” but there were other variants). Having grown up in rural Wisconsin, I was in awe of your sophisticated, and somewhat chaotic, household with all of the touches that matched your parents’ exotic natures and their love of beauty and culture.

It was an honor to see John again at Weill Hall in New York City years and years later.
Your dad’s classes were unique in many ways. Not so many years ago, I often played Bach in the evenings, in editions purchased for those classes and marked with analyses guided by your father.

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