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romantic, adj. (a.) (b.) (c.) ...

I think this very interesting discussion is going to drift toward the unintentionally fuzzy and perpetually unresolved until somebody comes up with a good, solid, functional definition of "romantic."
Some of us are talking about the body of classical music called Romantic. Some of us are talking about personality traits often labelled "romantic."
In Gould, perhaps we have a brilliant musician whose personality was decidedly romantic, but who was primarily attracted to an un-Romantic or pre-Romantic repertoire. If there's a connection between the two definitions, perhaps he was most comfortable with Bach as an antidote to the romantic aspects of his personality he was powerless to control.
As for his personality, anybody who chooses to take That Train to Hudson Bay to wander through an edge-of-the-world town infested with polar bears ... let me say from personal experience ... we're talking Personality Romantic big-time; That Train was lousy with fellow travellers, all raised in decidely un-romantic cultures and times, who had purposely given carte blanche to the Romantic in their souls. Anybody who can choose between the tropics, the temperate zone and the Arctic, and who finds himself lured into the Arctic, to a place that promises a chance to be devoured by the world's largest land carnivore ... well, that's where Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" concludes, in the Earth's most forbidding, austere, bleak -- and romantic -- landscape.
Bob / Elmer
P.S. Polar Bear Season in Churchill Ontario Canada is the cusp of September / October -- think very seriously about booking NOW for the Winnipeg-Churchill "Polar Bear Express."