[f_minor] les chaises (the chairs)

maryellen jensen maryellenjensen28 at hotmail.com
Fri Jan 17 14:30:37 MST 2014


The two chairs "constructed" by 'Bert', GG's father, were not built by Bert - they were adapted for Glenn Gould's needs. Bert Gould didn't invent the chairs - he adapted already existing chairs for his son. 

The other 'aluminum' chair which was made specifically for Glenn Gould was ordered by Walter Homburger for Glenn Gould. The reason why was breakage of the wooden chair and the weight of the wooden chair on airline trips. All that was when Glenn Gould was touring - which of course he quit doing in the early 1960's...


From: kjb at sympatico.ca
To: f_minor at glenngould.org
Date: Thu, 16 Jan 2014 13:05:33 -0500
Subject: Re: [f_minor] 109

To the best of my knowledge, his father had made only 2.


Why 2 though, one as a spare?


When someone constructs something like that out of wood, you do not usually construct a spare (as a just in case).


I'm relatively certain that the chair being only 14 inches off the floor, was not made for anyone other than Glenn!





From: pzumst at bluewin.ch
To: f_minor at glenngould.org
Date: Thu, 16 Jan 2014 18:55:55 +0100
Subject: Re: [f_minor] 109

Speaking of chairs, is it true or false that his dad made more than one ? I seem to have read that somewhere...there seems to be a lot of urban myth and hagiography around that chair....


From: maryellen jensen 
Sent: Thursday, January 16, 2014 6:45 PM
To: f h ; f_minor at glenngould.org 
Subject: Re: [f_minor] 109

"and did you notice that he put something on the chair?  I'd never seen that before."

Haha Fred, that's the stuffing of the chair tumbling out and when all that stuffing was finally gone GG sat on just the T-bar of the chair... not so great for his coccyx.


Date: Thu, 16 Jan 2014 07:01:56 -0800
From: boyboy_8 at yahoo.com
To: mmacelletti at sbcglobal.net; f_minor at glenngould.org; gmadoodat at hotmail.com; f_minor at glenngould.org
Subject: Re: [f_minor] 109

Sounds like it was done in mono.  Too bad we can't hear this done by him in stereo, or did he do one in that form?  The technique is of course amazing.  I like the way his body swirled around in circles and did you notice that he put something on the chair?  I'd never seen that before.  

On Saturday, January 11, 2014 3:50:25 PM, michael macelletti <mmacelletti at sbcglobal.net> wrote:

just listened to gould's beethoven sonata no. 30 on vol 4 , so you want to write a fugue, of the old vhs glenn gould complete 16 vol collection. ( still out of print ???)   absolutely hair-raising type of exciting. those sixths in the variations,  wow !!  sure wish someone could find that performance somewhere on the net so everyone could give it a listen.  i simply have no idea how to do it. 



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