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Re: The thrill of Glenn Gould

"I suppose one reason I have been loyal to GG is the fact that his
were my first real exposure to fine music."

Me too.

WTC 1 part 2:
WTC 1 part 1:

----- Original Message -----
From: "James Wiskeychan" <ojibwa50@HOTMAIL.COM>
Sent: Thursday, June 27, 2002 1:32 PM
Subject: The thrill of Glenn Gould

> Dear Lluis and other F Minors,
> I suppose one reason I have been loyal to GG is the fact that his
> were my first real exposure to fine music.  At the risk of being thought a
> hick by the rest of the group, I will confess that in my family Elvis
>   We just did not listen to classical music.
> The poor lady who taught me to play the piano tried her best every once
> awhile to coax something that sounded like Bach out of the second-hand
> electric organ in our little church.  It was always breaking down and was
> most certainly not up to choking out Baroque organ music!
> I will admit that I did not even know GG was playing Bach until I was
> At that time I was as blank as a person could be!  Now I have heard other
> great pianists play.  I would say it is Glenn's passion which attracts me.
> He loved to play the piano.
> I will look for Michael Scheider's book.
> James
> >From: Lluís Manent (Teleline)              <manent@TELELINE.ES>
> >Reply-To: Lluís Manent (Teleline)              <manent@TELELINE.ES>
> >Date: Thu, 27 Jun 2002 10:07:54 +0200
> >
> >Welcome to the List, James!
> >
> >Nice to read your story!
> >
> >Here an interesting question: What makes the difference between GG and
> >many other world famous pianist that specially in the case of GG makes
> >listener (me, you, etc.) deeply thrilled while listening for the first
> >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
> >Schiff. You will never get the impression you will get by listening at
> >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.
> >
> >Regards,
> >
> >Lluís Manent
> >
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