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
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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.
RubatoM at aol
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