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Excerpts from a letter, dated November 26. 1998, written by the famous Baroque-Trumpeter and director of the trumpet museum of Bad Säckingen (Germany) Edward H.Tarr.

I think it’s marvelous that you intend to create a memento for Professor Scherbaum. I attempted to press him for information once or twice, but the most revealing source is a radio broadcast about trumpet players, which includes information about him as well as Maurice Andre, Ludwig Güttler, and me. Also included in that broadcast are interviews with each of us, in which Scherbaum related how he got hooked to the trumpet. This happened one day when his father came home from work and placed an old, badly battered trumpet as well as a clarinet onto the table, then said: " Well boys, make your choice"! His brother grabbed the clarinet, and the rest is history. In the same interview Scherbaum also told of the time when he got a late-night call that got him to fly to London on the very next morning where he recorded the first movement of the Brandenburg-Concerto in just a single take, with the second movement following immediately after! This story was then followed in this broadcast by a breathtaking recording made in St.Petersburg where the NDR-Symphony Orchestra had started to tour Russia for the first time after world war 2, and had, naturally, included Bach’s 2nd Brandenburg-Concerto in its repertoire. The live performance had been secretly recorded and the tape was later given to the German guests as a present from the Russians. When reaching the three upper "Gs" in the first movement, Scherbaum outshone the entire orchestra, which is an absolutely unbelievable feat for any trumpeter....

The first time I heard him play was at Basel (Switzerland) in January or February 1960 when I was a young student there.... Years later we met again and he still recognized me, even though I had grown a beard in the meantime!...

Scherbaum’s simplicity, his friendly openness, his interest in his fellow-man, plus the charisma which he exudes from the podium are further characteristics of this outstanding musician....

He was an brilliant entertainer, too. After our second meeting in Basel, mentioned above, we all went to the house of the well-known instrument collector Ernst. W. Buser (at Binningen near Basel) whose large collection later on (1985) formed the main stock of the trumpet museum. Scherbaum must have been at least 60 years old at that time, but he was the focal point of the entire conversation which he maintained at top level right into the wee hours of the morning (6:30 a.m.)! Towards the end he even played the entire first movement of the famous Telemann-Concerto on an original Baroque-trumpet which he simply took from the wall where it had been hanging .When we checked its tuning, we discovered that it was an Es-trumpet...

I am grateful to Mr. Rolf Ziegler, Böblingen, for his translation into English.