[f_minor] On The Island / Off The Island / this sound comes from above.

Robert Merkin bobmerk at earthlink.net
Wed Aug 18 18:13:07 EDT 2010

Slave to Mozart -- GG's -- though I am, the "Consort" of Byrd and Gibbons (the original vinyl -- the CD reissue has a different playlist) has to be my maximum moment of Beauty from his recorded fingers. And I'd never heard of these guys before.

If I were on that desert island, and only one song came out of the juke box, I'd punch Byrd's "Sellinger's Round." Here's a Canadian pianist you may be familiar with playing it:


Very clean sound for a YouTube. Just 3 comments:


this sound comes from above.


Maybe somebody who knows something about music can explain why it's so beautiful. 

Or maybe someone can find the rumored secret coded messages to Byrd's outlawed fellow Catholics.


  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: pzumst 
  To: Discussion of the Canadian pianist Glenn Gould. 
  Sent: Wednesday, August 18, 2010 5:45 PM
  Subject: [f_minor] On The Island / Off The Island

  G'day all

  Found the following quite atrributed to GG in WikiQuotes

  I think that if I were required to spend the rest of my life on a desert island, and to listen to or play the music of any one composer during all that time, that composer would almost certainly be Bach. I really can't think of any other music which is so all-encompassing, which moves me so deeply and so consistently, and which, to use a rather imprecise word, is valuable beyond all of its skill and brilliance for something more meaningful than that -- its humanity. 

  Hmm. If he had a choice of say 8 records (like in the real Desert Island Disc show) he would also take Byrd & Gibbons, I think he claimed somewhere that this was his favourite own recording. Isn't there an aticle in the GG Reader about this subject ? Then again, Gg claimed lots of things so we'll never know for sure..



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