[f_minor] Wagner

Pat pzumst at bluewin.ch
Sat Sep 6 11:46:31 MDT 2014

Hi all

As for the cutting and splicing: I have said it before, I will say it again though it is futile: It’s a bloody shame Mr Gould never saw the first Fairlight samplers (which came out shotrly after his death) or stuff like ProTools, Cubase, FL Studio or bloody autotune.  He would find all that extrordinarily remarkable to say the least. Stuff like the four-handed Wagner or Idea of North or any of Mr. Goulds trickstery could be done with so much ease these days.....

Ah yes, Wagner.....a tricky case, a love/hate relationship for me. For Mr. Gould I reckon the interest in controversial people like Richard Wagner and Richard Strauss was primarily musical and compositoral (if such a word exists, you know what I mean). Should one seperate The Music from The Man in these cases ?

The passing of Lorin Mazael has not been mentioned here and because at times I do like Wagner, but can’t stand the singing for the life of me (the words don’t make any sense even for german speakers and the plots are just loony, not to mention the sheer length) I give you The Ring Without Words:


From: Matthew Harding 
Sent: Friday, September 5, 2014 5:24 PM
To: Robert Merkin ; Discussion of the Canadian pianist Glenn Gould. 
Subject: Re: [f_minor] Concerto BMV 1061 / Katia and Marielle Labècque, harpsichords

I just did my “ice bucket challenge”. I nominated Glenn Gould. All my kids groaned (they actually think he’s dead, silly kids). Tchoh. 

Bob, Bob, Bob… do you honestly think the lack of four hands would slow down our Glenn?

We only have to look at his Wagnerian masterpieces (yes that’s right, I said masterpieces) to see What Glenn Would Do when he needed extra hands - simply dub them in! Splice, tape, glue, rewind… (or I suppose now it would be Click, Click, Click, Print…). 

I forget his exact quote - something like writing like Wagner would have written for piano, if Wagner knew how to write for piano. Ah, time for a browse through the GG Reader I think…

On the obligatory off-topic note, I heard the Schnittke old-style piano suite (I believe) this morning on Sirius. What a wonderful piece - does anyone have more info? Has anyone played it? Wikipedia says his music is polystylist - whatever that means. Huh. 

P.S. Hope all is well in Vleeptron.


On Sep 5, 2014, at 10:58 AM, Robert Merkin <bobmerk at earthlink.net> wrote:

  But look, even The Master only had two hands, beautiful as they were. He must have been at a disadvantage competing against a four-hand act.


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