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Luis wrote: What makes the difference between GG and many other world famous
pianists that specially inthe case of GG mkes the listener (me,you,etc.)
deeply thrilled while listening for the first time at GG performance?
        Ever watch those tapes of Glenn swaying wildly? The humming, the
complete submersion in what he's doing.... Ever try it? swaying and humming
I mean. I have. The humming helps me to completly zero in on what I'm
playing. The swaying is like riding on the waves of the music. A few times
while trying this (and I mean a few!) I have felt complete contact with the
piano, like it was an extension of myself. And then the next second it would
be gone. It was like I had injected a part of myself into the music. I think
this is what Glenn did. This is where he is seperated from other pianists.
It's the difference between playing with feeling and playing with your OWN
feeling,turning the music into your own creation,or re-creation. I don't
really think I would ever be able to do those things in public like Glenn.He
was very brave, exposing himself in all those public concerts in that way.
That's another thing; swaying and humming and gesticulating and all really
is exhausting, and I don't mean physically; it's more like spiritually. And
I've only had a few moments of real connection!( I don't know what to call
it really.) Can you imagine doing it every time you sat down at the piano?
(Maybe you can, I don't know.)And finally, I don't think that Glenn is
different from other players just because he played so individually(I could
say subjectively) because if that were the case then all these pop stars
would generate the same kind of feeling and, in my experience, they haven't.
I think that what makes glenn's individual playing stand out is that he
himself was so interesting. GLenn was Glenn. We want to hear about him
through his playing. We don't want to find out about or learn from boring,
characterless people.
              I must admit here that I love to speculate and hope I haven't
lost anyone or angered anyone with this post. I hope it makes sense:)

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
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.
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
"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


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. Several > people have written in about when they first discoverd Glenn Gould. This is > my story. > > Many years ago a city lady rented a cottage on our lake. We rarely saw her. > 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 close > 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 pianist > was a young recording artist named Glaenn Gould. She said he was from down > 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 was > 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

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