[f_minor] Not Gould but...

Houpt, Fred fred.houpt at rbc.com
Thu May 26 14:23:17 EDT 2011

Oh, gosh....I just get carried away when talking about GG.  I must make
the pilgrimage to his resting place, as it is in town....must go with a
camera and flowers of course.....One day....soon I hope.


From: f_minor-bounces at glenngould.org
[mailto:f_minor-bounces at glenngould.org] On Behalf Of Danielle
Sent: Thursday, May 26, 2011 2:18 PM
To: Discussion of the Canadian pianist Glenn Gould.
Subject: Re: [f_minor] Not Gould but...

a really wonderful post.  Many thanks
Danielle Law-Jackson
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	----- Original Message ----- 
	From: Houpt, Fred <mailto:fred.houpt at rbc.com>  
	To: Discussion of the Canadian pianist Glenn Gould.
<mailto:f_minor at glenngould.org>  
	Sent: Thursday, May 26, 2011 4:28 PM
	Subject: Re: [f_minor] Not Gould but...

	Morning all.  I listened to one of the Beethoven lectures over
the weekend, at home.  It was delicious and wonderful.  
	    Last night I dusted off my DVD copy of "Hereafter", which I
had not seen in a few years.  Of course I was overwhelmed with great
emotion and found myself in tears at the incredible beauty of the music
making, laughing at his sense of humor and in awe of his intellect,
which I think is still not properly appreciated by his fellow artists.
I say this because the die-hards have not fallen out of love or respect.
He deserves more recognition from other artists, giving Gould the credit
due, acknowledging that his artistic approach, filled with extremes as
they were, all were entirely underwritten by a deeply passionate desire
to know the inner realms of the musical thoughts.  I do not know that GG
was the first philosophical musical prodigy, but for me he is the most
	Another impression I get from the documentary is that GG often
achieved levels of altered states of consciousness and from these highly
charged and ecstatic states he was able to see the music as if for the
first time; even more, his insights totally informed the manner in which
he approached interpretation.  The section where he explains the "why"
of his infamous Mozart sonata approach I found myself finally
understanding a bit more, why his interpretation was acceptable within
the strict agenda that his approach had set for itself.  His objective
was to turn the overly familiar sonata inside out and deeply examine the
architecture of the theme as it evolves through exposition.  He is not
the only one to search for these types of insights and he is often
remembered as having too much recourse to gross exaggeration in order to
make his points. However, once one has finally grasped some of the
insights that his performances afford us, we are better off and our
artistic appreciation is deeper.  What can possibly be found in such a
journey?  That is one reason I can never be away from listening to GG.
There is so much there to contemplate and be enlightened by.
	Fred Houpt

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