[f_minor] sonic collision

michael macelletti mmacelletti at sbcglobal.net
Wed Jul 21 16:17:03 EDT 2010

these " thumping " or  " pounding "  references to either gg's harpsichord or 
piano playing are  beginning to get a bit tiresome.   YOU might want to live in 
a world inhabited exclusively by the likes of lionel party,  but please,  leave 
me out. i prefer gg's emotional bluster to effete intellectual purity anytime. 

From: Brad Lehman <bpl at umich.edu>
To: Discussion of the Canadian pianist Glenn Gould. <f_minor at glenngould.org>
Sent: Wed, July 21, 2010 11:22:57 AM
Subject: Re: [f_minor] sonic collision

On 7/21/2010 9:33 AM, Houpt, Fred wrote:
> I think GG played the Clavichord but maybe not recorded on such.

I don't recall seeing any mention of Gould playing the clavichord, anywhere in 
the Gould literature that I've seen.  Given the way he hit that Wittmayer 
"harpsichord" too hard, pounding the jacks into the rail, I don't think he had 
any clue about playing the clavichord or using its fingerings, either.  :)

Wanna hear somebody hit a clavichord hard?  Oscar Peterson's album of "Porgy and 
Bess", accompanied by Joe Pass on guitar.  The person in charge of the 
clavichord said later that they'd had to retune the instrument after every take, 
because Peterson was bending the strings so much with his touch.

Brad Lehman
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