Professor Heinz Fadle Passes
Heinz Fadle, Professor of Trombone at the Hochschule für Musik, Detmold, Germany, passed away during the evening of August 18, 2019. His publications include Looking for the Natural Way (Piccolo-Verlag, 1996) and Muzizieren (Die Blaue Eule, 1999). Dr. Fadle was an OTJ author, writing notes for preparing the audition excerpts from Mahler's Sumphony No. 3.
He served as President of the International Trombone Association from 1996-1998. Invitations to teach and lecture have led him to the United States, Russia, Kazakhstan, Britian, and Hungary. He hosted the 21st Annual Trombone Workshop in Detmold (1992) and also served as a juy member at international competitions. For 22 years he was principal trombone of the Philharmonic State Orchestra, Hamburg, also performing as a member of the Bayreuth Festival Orchestra, the Berliner Philharmoniker, Radio Sinfonie Hamburg, Münchner Staatsoper, and Deutsches Sinfonieorchester.
We celebrate the many contributions Professor Fadle has made to the international trombone community, and offer our condolences to his family, friends, students and colleagues.
What I find disturbing is how rarely students ask questions of a philosophical nature. After all, this is a consuming profession and the quality of their future growth will not only depend on the number of hours spent in the practice room, but also upon the reasons why they practice. It is not often that I hear "why?" questions and it distresses me.