[f_minor] 81 and counting

Pat pzumst at bluewin.ch
Fri Sep 27 07:55:08 MDT 2013

Hi all

There was only one message regarding what would have been GG’s 81st. 

...which leaves me with at least 2 questions:

- Is GG still relevant for artists, thinkers, musicians, arrangers etc. today ? Some of his ideas are clearly outdated (his idea of what would later become the mixtape and is today known simply as a playlist in yer iTunes has now been surpassed by technology) ? Was his approach to composers like Bach or Mozart (add Beethoven if you want) so out of center it became unfashionable and there is a chance that aspiring pianists being fed up with Lang Lang and Pogorelich as role models might pick up GG’s approach as a pianistic inspiration again ?. That might be interesting, more eccentric diversification, more debate, less robot playing, more substance, less image.

- Is there still enough in the vaults plus the infamous ice box of Sony and the CBC to justify “new” releases for the general public and not just the hardcore Gouldians ? GG is still dead, what remains is The Legend And Its Hagiography, but is that enough to sell records ? Especially to a new generation that has a different approach to classical music ? Mind you, we are talking about events that took place at least 60 years ago, to some people that is like what the last 6 million years are to a paleoanthropologist...

I dunno. I might have more questions though. I like to ask silly questions.

As an atheist I do not believe in the afterlife, but just in case there is the 0,.....00001 chance I am wrong- Happy Birthday Mr Gould !

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