[Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next][Date Index][Thread Index]

[no subject]

Welcome to the List, James!

Nice to read your story!

Here an interesting question: What makes the difference between GG and many
many other world famous pianist that specially in the case of GG makes the
listener (me, you, etc.) deeply thrilled while listening for the first time
at GG performance?

Let's take an example: Imagine you're blank in the sense you've never
listened at Bach's WTC, the English Suites or the Golberg Variations. Supose
you listen at WTC performed by Maria Joao Pires, the English Suites
performed by Dubravka Tomsic or the Golberg Variations performed by Andras
Schiff. You will never get the impression you will get by listening at the
same Work performed by GG.

This fine but important fact makes the difference between being fan of
Claudio Arrau, Pollini, Brendel, Pires, Pogorelich, Argerich, etc. and being
"fan" (what a horrible word!) of GG. In the first cases "to be a fan"  is
more concert and glamour-related. In the case of GG is a love story which
has to do more with self-introspection.

And once again (as often commented in the list) : Michael Scheider's book
(Glenn Gould, piano solo) explains this fine feeling in a very accurate way.


Lluís Manent

----- Original Message -----
From: "James Wiskeychan" <ojibwa50@HOTMAIL.COM>
Sent: Wednesday, June 26, 2002 2:47 AM

> Dear F Minors,
> I am new to the list.  I have been looking in the F Minor Archives.
> people have written in about when they first discoverd Glenn Gould.  This
> my story.
> Many years ago a city lady rented a cottage on our lake.  We rarely saw
>   She seemed very shy.  At night she would play wonderful music on her
> record player.  Sound carries on the water.  Most of my people were early
> risers so the lake was quiet by 9 P.M.  Often I would paddle my canoe
> to her place.  The lake was dark, lit only by the stars.  The call of the
> loon gave a strange counterpoint to the music of Herr Bach.
> One night I met the lady on the shore.  We talked.  She told me the
> was a young recording artist named Glaenn Gould.  She said he was from
> south (this means Toronto) and he was barely 10 years older than me.  Thus
> began my journey with the music of Bach.
> I know Glenn Gould played other composers, but I always think of his Bach.
> It was not until I graduated from university, got a job in the city and
> able to buy my own record player and records that I heard the famous
> humming.  Still, these many years later, I hear the loon when I listen to
> Glenn play Bach.
> Looking forward to your discussions.
> James
> _________________________________________________________________
> Join the world's largest e-mail service with MSN Hotmail.
> http://www.hotmail.com