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michael macelletti mmacelletti at sbcglobal.net
Tue Jul 13 16:23:08 EDT 2010

he came close to doing the rhapsody, but declined. i wonder why ?

From: "Houpt, Fred" <fred.houpt at rbc.com>
To: Discussion of the Canadian pianist Glenn Gould. <f_minor at glenngould.org>
Sent: Tue, July 13, 2010 2:15:45 PM
Subject: Re: [f_minor] Facebook

I play the piano and have made my way through all of Beethoven's  piano works.  
The fugue you speak of is hard to do and a slower speed will  not reduce the 
impact too much.  The fugue from the Hammerklavier is even  more impossible to 
wrap the fingers around and as well you can take it as your  fingers can move.  
I have lately been playing Rachmaninoff and if you want  knuckle and finger 
breaking then he's your man.  I so love his music for  the deep heart in his 
always emotional sounds.  Reminds me of the depths I  hear in Brahms, another 
great love of mine and equally as finger  destroying.  Both of these 
guys....their piano concertos are so hard to  play but I enjoy the challenges 
as you explore the textures up  close.
I am very  perplexed why GG did not play Rach.  Has anyone read any comments  
attributed to GG about that?  I have also been playing lots of Faure who is  
very worth investigating, is often hard to play but the tunes, the tunes!!!! 

I also wanted  to remind everyone of the must have web site from which you can 
download public  domain sheet music at no cost other than the paper and ink in 
the printer.   Here is the link:

 From: f_minor-bounces at glenngould.org  [mailto:f_minor-bounces at glenngould.org] 
On Behalf Of RubatoM at aol.com
Sent: Tuesday, July 13, 2010 2:04 PM
To: f_minor at glenngould.org
Subject: Re: [f_minor]  Facebook


I'd like to offer another subject of  conversation.  It would be interesting to 
know what members are playing and  what technical issues seem important to the 
pianists in the group.  I am a  private musician and rarely play for others, so 
I have few people with whom I  can talk about practice.  Right now I am working 
on the fugue section of  Beethoven's 31st Sonata.  It is so beautiful, but 
tricky to feel out the  theme.  GG does it very well, not quite as brilliantly 
as V.  Ashkenazy.  It is quite a challenge to do all the tricky things that keep  
the long crescendo going and keep the theme line clear. I prefer to play it at a  
slower speed that either of these two masters.  

If I had unlimited  funds and no other family responsibilties, I'd spend my lfe 
traveling around to  hear live performances.  I have been fortunate to have 
heard Glenn Gould,  V. Ashkenazy, Arthur Rubinstein, Arnaldo Cohen, Claudio 
Aarrau, and my own  teacher, Yehuda Guttman.  Mr. Guttman still gives private 
concerts in his  own home in Key West.  If any of you members are ever there, be 
sure to  call him to see if a concert is scheduled.  

Best regards,
Anita  Thompson-Monroe
RubatoM at aol 

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