Daniel Bonade



Born in Geneva, Switzerland, clarinetist Daniel Bonade (1896-1976) won the Premiere Prix at the Paris Conservatory in 1913 at the age of 18. In 1916, he was offered the principal clarinet position of the Philadelphia Orchestra under Leopold Stokowski where he performed with Marcel Tabuteau. Bonade played in the orchestra until 1930 (except for a two-year hiatus). Considered to be one of the great clarinet teachers of his time, Bonade taught at the Curtis Institute of Music with Tabuteau from 1925 to 1940. He and Tabuteau were close friends as evidenced by the letter below. This is the earliest correspondence we have in Tabuteau’s hand. Note the postscript in Bonade’s hand that reads in translation: Written by the great artist, Marcel Tabuteau, a most-marvelous oboist and my great friend. D. B.


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THE SHORE at 3400 Central Avenue (owned by Miss Mary Shore) was located to the far left in this 1903 map of Ocean City. thereefore, Tabuteau was staying quite some distance from the center of town. Nonetheless, the Atlantic City Railroad (Reading Company), after crossing the meadows, made its way up the island from that very southerly point, so Tabuteau could have easily detrained at the small station on 34th Street rather than riding all the way into the primary station at 10th Street.

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Published in Philadelphia by Frank H. Taylor, c. 1903


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