[f_minor] sonic collision

Houpt, Fred fred.houpt at rbc.com
Wed Jul 21 16:36:17 EDT 2010

Uh, oh.....I'm not touching that with a pile of ivory keys.......


From: f_minor-bounces at glenngould.org
[mailto:f_minor-bounces at glenngould.org] On Behalf Of michael macelletti
Sent: Wednesday, July 21, 2010 4:17 PM
To: Discussion of the Canadian pianist Glenn Gould.; gail paynter
Subject: Re: [f_minor] sonic collision

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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