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Kenwyn G. Boldt Obituary
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February 18, 2018

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January 23, 2014
"Sonority". I will miss hearing him entreat me to always keep the sonority of whatever sound I am producing at the piano at the top of my list of priorities; to hold the quality of the sonority above all other concerns.
I LOVED THAT!!! How he raised my awareness of how beautiful piano sonority can be.
January 23, 2014
I will miss absolutely everything I knew him to be, from his being my very first great artist-teacher, because there was absolutely not a thing about Dr. Boldt not to love dearly. I am absolutely crushed to learn he is gone.
What a wonderful, humble, deeply intelligent, noble, caring, charming, nuturing and profoundly gifted musician and teacher!!! Kenwyn Boldt was a scholarly saint among musicians!!! He was utterly charming!! If I had to choose only one word, it would have to be "gentleman". He was the perfect gentleman; a deeply good, thoughtful, cultivated man without any pretentiousness.
One of my most cherished memories is Dr. Boldt raising my awareness of the craftmanship in Beethoven's Op.2#3, in the upstairs room at the Baldwin when I was still in high school, suggesting that I hear various passages as if they were written for a string quartet. He elevated my thinking in countless ways like that over the years; raising my chin, sometimes in humorous ways, to distract my attention away from the mundane concerns of technicalities and direct it toward artistic beauty and the reason why we should be studying music to begin with.
He had great taste in women too. ;-) My very deepest condolences go to Mrs. Boldt and her family. I love you, Mrs. Boldt. You and Dr. Boldt were the very best influences any budding musician with my inclinations could ever hope to find. What a wonderfully rich background you gave everyone in your studio! I am so sorry I can't thank him now, but at least I can thank you still, at least in this way. I am so deeply saddened that I will never get together with the two of you to catch up on things the way I've always dreamed of doing since I graduated from I.U.. Dr. Boldt's dissertation was my inspirational guide---and I really needed one!!--motivating me to write my own paper. It did the trick! It gave me direction. While reading it, I smilingly recalled the stories you told me during my lessons of the pains you went through to help him with all that typing, in the era long before destktop computers. I wrote a great paper. I would have LOVED to share it with him. He would have enjoyed what I came up with and the story of how I stumbled upon it. I SO would have loved getting his response to that. THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN SO FUN!! I AM SO SAD THAT WILL NEVER HAPPEN!!!
I don't have anything good enough in my cupboards right now to drink in honor of Dr. Boldt, so I'll have to pick up something good tomorrow, on my way back from teaching.
Sincerely,
Stephen Bertino
Stafford, VA
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