Adolph “Bud” Herseth, 25 July 1921 - 13 April 2013.
We can’t thank you enough.
The greatest orchestral trumpet player this world may ever know.
Bud was the principal trumpet of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra from 1948 until 2001. Quite simply Bud set new standards all the way up until retirement.
Bud lead me to know one of the greatest continual joys I experience in life.
Bud taught me how to find such great joy and enthusiasm in such simple music.
When Bud played, music took on new life and became three-dimensional; one man’s passion through the medium of a simple instrument of brass.
No one could play with such great power as Bud could; such volume and endurance to take some music to new exciting and emotional powerful levels yet known before.
No one could play with such subtlety as Bud could; such detail and thought for every note—many of which few realized their true impact on what they heard.
Bud set a standard than that even the best today cannot replicate from one moment to the next, much less day after day.
Bud is the Newton, da Vinci, Michelangelo, or Galileo of the orchestra.
Bud was a force that extended beyond music; his intellect, leadership, charm, humor and character singularly embody more than many with ever know.
We each are a flame that inevitably flickers until it goes out never to be seen again. Even though we all knew this day would come for Bud, in a way, his flame only has flickered and will never go completely out. We all have his many recordings that are at our fingertips to embody what we loved most about him. It is up to each of us that loved this man for whatever reason to keep his flame lit.
Richard Strauss’ An Alpine Symphony played here by Bud in 1992. http://youtu.be/QtKNn3BV8MU Emotionally fitting. His Mahler 9th Symphony with Giulini in 1976 is also an excellent reflection for this day.
I had handled all this in stoic remembrance until his first note—then it was as if I was reliving those moments at my grandfather’s side right after his death just more than nine years ago (whom was just shy of being nine months Bud’s senior). I’m just glad to hear he died peacefully yesterday with his wife Avis at his side. One couldn’t ask for more…