[f_minor] Bravo Fortissimo Howler

Houpt, Fred fred.houpt at rbc.com
Wed Jun 30 10:45:35 EDT 2010

Is it not funny how public tastes have morphed so much since the great
influence of modern pop music, rock and roll, electronic music
(especially brilliant guys like Brian Eno and Peter Gabriel, etc.) and
jazz....all how it changed the way our ears would listen to classical
Consider that at the turn of the 20'th century when most people heard
the classics either on scratchy 78's or on early radio or in concert
halls....and there was much less modern or pop music filling the almost
empty air waves....and all of that had an influence on the way we
thought music should be interpreted....All of that changes (these days)
with so many influences from around the world at our beck and call.
So, my point I guess is that musical tastes have never fossilized but
have always been in flux and so we should not be surprised that what was
once a huge aural shock (GG's Brahms or his Mozart sonatas....gasp!!!)
is now just part of a much wider musical spectrum.  I suppose that we
could also speculate that the musically correct movements (from the
likes of Roger Norrington and Tafelmusik) would be akin to
Fred Houpt


From: f_minor-bounces at glenngould.org
[mailto:f_minor-bounces at glenngould.org] On Behalf Of michael macelletti
Sent: Wednesday, June 30, 2010 10:21 AM
To: Discussion of the Canadian pianist Glenn Gould.;
f_minor at glenngould.org
Subject: Re: [f_minor] Bravo Fortissimo Howler

fred, you're absolutely right. the brahms speeds seem quite normal
nowadays.  maybe back then they were not considered so. , although i
don't remember it.  i mean. the serkin was out then and he's not that
much faster, just a little more pompous.  gould does have a way ,
though,  of breathing new life into worn-out chestnuts.        too bad
about toronto. nice city. 


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