[f_minor] Open Letter to The Glenn Gould Foundation
Kpapademas at aol.com
Kpapademas at aol.com
Mon Sep 6 11:53:24 EDT 2010
I totally agree with Pat. It is time that the Glenn Gould Foundation and
the Glenn Gould Estate and the Sony Corporation and the CBC and the Library
of Canada (did I miss anyone?) realize that time is passing and address the
issue of and pursue the making ALL OF GLENN GOULD'S ART available to the
Listening to Glenn Gould's recording of Beethoven's Appassionata
In a message dated 9/6/2010 8:50:21 A.M. Central Daylight Time,
pzumst at bluewin.ch writes:
Dear Glenn Gould Foundation
I have recently noticed that gould-related items have been removed from
Ubuweb. I don't know who is responslbiel for this action, but I suspect that
it was either The Foundation, someone from Sony or the CBC. Of course we
are talking about copyrighted material and it is not clear wether Ubuweb had
the explicit permission from the rightsholders to host this material in the
first place As of yet this material has not been incorporated into the
sites of the CBc or The Foundation.
It is also fine to remove "illegal" clips from youtube but at least in
rock music some bands have decided to open their official channels and I
haven't seen an official GG channel as of yet.
In any case this raises a few questions, at least for me. It is my
understanding that it should be the main goal of The Foundation to preserve GG's
audiovisual legacy, raise the awareness and make sure that this material is
accessible to scholars and fans alike both commercially and non-commercialy.
To be honest with you I haven't seen much of that lately. Let me give you
a few examples:
- The GG Video Collection has not yet been released on DVD. Why ?
- The CBC has tons of audio and video that has never seen a proper
release. Why ?
- There must be hours of master tapes, alternate takes, outtakes, original
acetates on vinyl and magnetic tapes deteriorating or happily rotting away
in a storage facitlity somewhere. Can you grant us that this material will
be transferred to digital media for prosperity ?
- The Original Jacket Collection was a step into the right direction. Can
we expect further releeases of such quality in the near future ? Can we
expect anything at all ?
Thet should to it. For now anyway. Prizes and Luncheons etc are fine but I
doubt that GG would be pleased with the way his musical legacy has bee
treated lately. I know that 2012 is still a ways a way but it would be nice to
know the current state of affairs and as "fans" (meaning the people who
cough up their hard-earned cash to buy GG products) I reckon we have the
right to ask a few critical questions.
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