[f_minor] GG on television

Houpt, Fred fred.houpt at rbc.com
Tue Feb 21 06:38:04 PST 2012

I don't know if we can upload photographs in this chat thing....but here
this is a very clear photo of the chair.  I wouldn't want to sit too
long on that......"butt" that's just me (pun intended)
Fred Houpt


From: f_minor-bounces at glenngould.org
[mailto:f_minor-bounces at glenngould.org] On Behalf Of Pat
Sent: Sunday, February 19, 2012 4:41 PM
To: Discussion of the Canadian pianist Glenn Gould.
Subject: Re: [f_minor] GG on television

Hi all
Off-topic slide here. Anita's comment reminds me that someone here on
f_minor once mentioned he or she was on a quest to make a replica of
GG's chair. Now I wonder where and how that turned out.
This current little debate shows that here are still a lot of myths and
legends in The GG Haigiography that need to be debunked in annus
mirabilis I fear. That goes espceially for the peple who are currently
working on articles, papers, books or documentaries to celebrate the
occasion. Please keep that in mind. For if I am going to hear words like
"wondrous", "genius" and all the adverbs of "haigiographication" plus
the same old stories and legends again I might get sick.
Now back to our regular broadcasts.
From: Anita Monroe <mailto:rubatoatm at gmail.com>  
Sent: Sunday, February 19, 2012 10:06 PM
To: Discussion of the Canadian pianist Glenn Gould.
<mailto:f_minor at glenngould.org>  
Subject: Re: [f_minor] GG on television
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..  
If you are looking for something to read which will really rock your
world, I recommend "Dr. Mary's Monkey", a complex story of polio virus,
biological weapons and the Kennedy assassination..  
Regards,  Anita

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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