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Re: GG's "Appassionata"
>If you can access a copy of one of the Sony Videos (The Glenn Gould
>Collection, XV, "An Art of the Fugue"), listen to what he says to B.
>Monsaingeon about Beethoven's Middle Period, which includes the Violin
>Concerto and Emperor Concerto. He is outspokenly critical about the
>latter, and rightfully so. When he plays a really "dull" (GG's own words)
>set of modulating chords, you can see that his point is well-taken. The
>"Appassionata" is a work from this period, and Gould's playing of it
>projects his own feelings about B. and the composer's attitudes about
>his "infallibility." GG wants the rest of us to put aside our lofty
>regard and listen to what B. "get's away with" in his Middle Period. (GG
>admired the master's First and Last Periods the most.)
As I own the collection, I am familiar with the interview. There
are several more essays regarding Beethoven which you (and the rest of f
minor) may find interesting. For general reading you might consider his
interview with himself in Tim Page's book _The Glenn Gould Reader_ in the
chapter "Glenn Gould interviews himself about Beethoven," (a very succinct
title, I know). The following chapter (Beethoven's Pathetique, Moonlight,
and Appassionata Sonatas), goes into further detail about his dislike for
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