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I think it is just a natural impulse, not just for musicians
but for all music lovers, to conduct when they hear music.
Everybody conducts along with the music when they hear
something really exciting, like a Mozart symphony, on the
radio. That's entirely appropriate; it's just like playing
"air guitar" when listening to Jimi Hendrix.
So I think GG is conducting his left hand because, in this
left-hand-only passage, he has a free hand and can do what
feels good. And he'll sing along too because why not. Then
when the right hand starts again you need that hand so you
better stop conducting.
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Author: Mary Jo Watts <email@example.com> at internet
Date: 3/5/97 3:36 PM
>It's wonderful, in the ON THE RECORD video, to see GG "conduct' the >left hand
pedal point notes while singing along and then adding in the >top part.
There's an article in French in _Glenn Gould pluriel_ about GG's
conducting moves. Is there anyone out there with the expertise to view
a video and offer a theory about his self-conducting? Esp. on the
Goldberg video. What is he doing-- is it usually a full orchestra in
his head that he's conducting? Is it himself? Parts of the score? How
can you tell?