[f_minor] A Letter To Sony Classical

maryellen jensen maryellenjensen28 at hotmail.com
Fri May 23 13:48:36 MDT 2014

"How Mozart Became A Bad Composer"

Pat, I share your frustration but get your facts straight.

"How Mozart" is not from the CBC. "How Mozart" has been shown quite often in USA, Canada and Europe at festivals commemorating Glenn Gould.

Now, why the 40 minute telefilm has never been released on dvd nor included in any dvd compilation is another question altogether. 


Contact The Paley Center for answers or promise a kidney to any F Minor member who's got a copy but refuses to share it anyone else...


From: pzumst at bluewin.ch
To: f_minor at glenngould.org
Date: Fri, 23 May 2014 20:41:56 +0200
Subject: [f_minor] A Letter To Sony Classical

Dear Sony Classical
In 2012 you announced the release of a DVD called “How Mozart became a Bad 
Compser” by Glenn Gould. It is a 1968 CBC feature supposed to be in color 
(probably one of the first appearences of Mr. Gould in color) and it is supposed 
to be rather interesting and entertaining. Hell, maybe even funny. Supposedly 
Mr. Gould is having one of his infamous coversations with himself and supposedly 
some loony music critic from England called Twat-Thornwit or summet 
I say supposed because shortly after the announcement the project was 
cancelled and I can’t even find the announcement with an ASIN over at the 
world’s largest book store. 
Which I reckon is a pity. 
Now are there any plans to give this a proper release ? I don’t mind if you 
scrap the umpthteenth re-re-re-re-re-rererelease of the Goldbergs for September. 
You will be able to flog that horse for the rest of infinty and you know that as 
well as I do. Glenn Gould and Bach will always sell. 
But I would like to have this Mozart feature on my shelf, I would’t even 
mind an iTunes donwload. 
I know you can pull this off. You have done a terrific job in collaboration 
with the CBC for the “Glenn Gould On Television” box and with the original 
jacket collection and the blue Bach box you gave customers very good value for 
their money and after some years of doubt I had regained faith in the release 
policy of Sony Classical when it came to Mr. Gould. This would be an ideal 
opportunity to keep your customers on this level of confidence, strenghten the 
brand loyalty – and make a few quid as well.
Lawyers ? Copyright issues ? Minor obstacles I reckon. You were able to 
solve that before, you can do so now. 
So, how about it ? 
And while I am here, how about a small download store where we could buy 
some of the unreleased radio features, maybe some outtakes or stuff that used to 
be on the CBC Legacy site ? I would’t mind paying a few quid for that and if a 
small indie band like Fugazi can sell their old gigs for a fiver per piece then 
so can you. So..how about it ?
I hope to hear from you soon with some very interesting news and for the 
time being I remain yours truly.

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