[f_minor] GG on television
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Sun Feb 19 13:06:45 PST 2012
Mary, I am fairly certain that did didn't use "that chair" when I heard
him perform. I saw him playing with the round piano bench provided by the
college. He was spinning it around, trying to get the height he liked.
I'm using a new adjustable bench that was my Christmas gift. It seems to
cause less stress on my shoulders and lower back when the height is only
slightly adjusted. GG was on to something. I guess most pianists have
experimented with bench height..
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On Sun, Feb 19, 2012 at 2:09 PM, maryellen jensen <
maryellenjensen28 at hotmail.com> wrote:
> Sorry that I can't join in the admiration of "hairshirt" inspiration
> with you Fred. Well, no, I'm *not* sorry about it at all.
> Did you know that Gould didn't always use that chair? Have you seen the
> "extras", the "outtakes" of that PBS showing of "Genius Within"? Bert Gould
> made another chair for his son which is in fine condition and which Gould
> used "off camera" and which is in the possession of Lorne Tulk. On camera
> Hairshirt Chair - makes the music better for you? Bach would cringe at the
> whole idea.
> "Awesome" "Magic" ???
> Date: Sat, 18 Feb 2012 17:37:51 -0800
> From: boyboy_8 at yahoo.com
> To: f_minor at glenngould.org
> Subject: [f_minor] GG on television
> Just enjoying this now. What strikes me is the super intense ability of
> GG to focus his thoughts, his imagination and his mind into such a clear
> vision that when his fingers start playing the outcome is almost magic.
> What also amazes me and this might sound silly but how he managed to deal
> with the discomfort of sitting down on that seat-less chair, having the
> middle piece of support strut to have his butt sitting on top of....how
> could he not feel discomfort and yet, and yet.....he seems to push the pain
> (??) away or overcome the physical sensation and produce the most awesome
> music. Magic indeed......
> Fred Houpt
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