[f_minor] Not Gould but...

Anita Monroe rubatom at aol.com
Fri May 27 20:58:28 EDT 2011

Fred,  I enjoyed reading this.  Thanks.  I listened to the Beethoven lectures too, my favorite the description of Sonata #31.  


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From: Houpt, Fred <fred.houpt at rbc.com>
To: Discussion of the Canadian pianist Glenn Gould. <f_minor at glenngould.org>
Sent: Thu, May 26, 2011 10:23 am
Subject: Re: [f_minor] Not Gould but...

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
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----- Original Message ----- 
From:   Houpt, Fred   
To: Discussion of the Canadian pianist Glenn   Gould. 
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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