[f_minor] and I swore I wouldn't

maryellen jensen maryellenjensen28 at hotmail.com
Mon Jul 22 13:12:24 MDT 2013

Thanks for the vote of confidence (on Bernstein/Mahler) Nuncle Pat. 

didn’t think in musical categories, he thought in Music. You can say about him 
what you want, but he was a very clever man."
That goes for both Bernstein and Mahler...
I have recently finished re-reading Jonathan Cott's "Dinner with Lenny: the last long interview with Leonard Bernstein". For those of you curious only as to what "Leonardo" has to say about GG I shall reveal just this: before the last long interview begins, Cott is admiring the diverse photos, drawings and paintings arrayed in Bernstein's Fairfield Connecticut "barn-red music studio (formerly a spacious groom's quarters)" adjacent to the 1750's farmhouse. Pointing out a photograph of Glenn Gould Bernstein remarked: "There he is, my man, my baby!"  Get yourself a copy of the book to find out more and more and more.

Radio France Musique is presenting a 5 part series on Bernstein, with a lot of "Leonardo" at the piano - GLORY !


- just press the little white triangle under "reecouter".

As for what GG had to say in his "Data Bank on the Upward-Scuttling Mahler" (a book review of "Mahler: Volume One by Henry-Louis de la Grange): "...his works do impose unusual musical and psychological demands upon the auditor." "However disillusioning the revelation, the mass of data de la Grange has subpoenaed suggests that, notwithstanding his celebrations of the joys of rusticity, his Tolkienesque attachment to a poetry peopled by nymphs and gnomes, Gustav Mahler was a very nasty man - relentlessly opportunistic, blithely indifferent to the fragility of any ego other than his own."  Takes one to know one Mr. Gould - "blithely indifferent" -  indeed. As for Mahler's marriage to Alma, Mr. Gould -  that reknowned expert practitioner of finesse in all aspects of sex, love and happiness -  remarks that Volume One  "draws to a close as the composer is about to commit the major blunder of his life: his marriage to the twenty-three-year-old concert-hall courtesan Alma Schindler."  Perhaps Mahler should have instead sought solace with the wife of a close friend and her children? For a while anyway?? N'est-ce pas? 


From: pzumst at bluewin.ch
To: f_minor at glenngould.org
Date: Fri, 12 Jul 2013 12:53:22 +0200
Subject: Re: [f_minor] and I swore I wouldn't

Mary, good thing you did ! Mahler deserves to be heard. The music is not 
exactly easy since it ranges from Absolute Joy to Infinite Sadness and you get a 
mix of various styles, but it is definetly something woth diving into. And good 
old Lenny might be the best intepretor of Mahler’s music one could imagine. He 
didn’t think in musical categories, he thought in Music. You can say about him 
what you want, but he was a very clever man.
And just in case you are new to classical music or only a casual listener I 
would highly recommend Lenny’s Concerts for Young People series probably on utub 
or DVD. This stuff was made for louts like me in mind. How come there’s nothing 
like that on TV anymore ?
Mr. Gould also had a few things to say about Mahler somewhere in his 
essays, if I only knew where my GG Reader is...


From: maryellen jensen 
Sent: Friday, July 12, 2013 3:04 AM
To: f_minor at glenngould.org 
Subject: [f_minor] and I swore I wouldn't

7th of July 2013 :


My young Belgian neighbour Virgile (20 years old) 
shares the same birthdate and he has fallen in love with Mahler.


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