[f_minor] Seminar linking Bach, Gould, & Soseki

John Simon doc4pets2 at yahoo.com
Mon Mar 9 15:44:27 MDT 2015

The seminar will be taking place in London on March 12th, but it will also be on youtube for those of us who do not happen to be in London.  
The first link below is to the youtube page, and below that is a link to the page where the seminar is announced and described.



In case, the above link doesn't come through properly, here is the text…..
Glenn Gould and Natsume Soseki
2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of The Three Cornered World, Alan Turney’s award-winning translation of Kusamakura by Japan’s great literary maestro Natsume Soseki (1867-1916). Two years after it was published, the translation was read by the world’s most famous pianist Glenn Gould (1932-82). The Three Cornered World was not only to become Gould’s favourite book, but also one that would obsess Gould for the last 15 years of his life. Gould subsequently bought every Soseki work that was available in English translation and had more works in his library by Soseki than by any other writer. He produced 37 pages of notes on The Three Cornered World and was preparing his own radio play based on the book before his untimely death intervened. When he died, there were only two books at his bedside: The Bible and The Three Cornered World. What was it about Soseki that so engaged Gould’s interest?Despite there being numerous biographies and documentary films about Gould’s enigmatic genius, the impact of The Three Cornered World on him is a subject which has generally escaped consideration: was there actually a connection between Gould’s celebrated late rendition of Bach’s Goldberg Variations and his passionate interest in Soseki? In this 50th anniversary year, Damian Flanagan celebrates an endlessly fascinating triangle linking Bach, Gould and Soseki – a Three Cornered World connecting three extraordinary geniuses.*If you are unable to visit us at Japan House, you can view the event on YouTube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=WaepXEGZ6MQ

Seminar details:
12 March 2015
Event time: 6:00 – 7:00pmDrinks reception from 7:00pm13/14 Cornwall Terrace, London NW1 4QPOrganised by the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation
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