[f_minor] Not Gould but...

Kpapademas at aol.com Kpapademas at aol.com
Thu May 26 18:27:34 EDT 2011

Fred - I don't think any of us ever get carried away talking  about GG!

Here is an article regarding Boris Brott who is donating  his 
correspondence, etc. to McMaster's University.
"Among his archives is correspondence with some of the crème de  la crème 
of the classical music world from the 1960s onward: Leonard Bernstein,  
Pierre Monteux, Aaron Copland, Benjamin Britten, Isaac Stern, Mstislav  
Rostropovich, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Leonard Rose, Glenn Gould and many  others." 
Mr. Brott has given us a gift!
In a message dated 5/26/2011 1:23:51 P.M. Central Daylight Time,  
fred.houpt at rbc.com writes:

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  Law-Jackson
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
083 4613 267
021 7624267
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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 important.
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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