[f_minor] Knock Knock

maryellen jensen maryellenjensen28 at hotmail.com
Fri Apr 17 17:19:19 MDT 2015

The knock knock joke has appeared at least once again in the blogosphere - or I mean the commentosphere:

Here at The Globe and Mail in the comments section:

No knock knock here (so far) but the comments seem to reflect the same division of opinion as F Minorites:

My personal opinion of Gorecki's music is that I prefer to listen to Arvo Pärt:

This following link will not helas lead you to a concert anymore but you will see what it was when it was and it was terrific:

Here is part of it, Pärt's part, saved by some intrepid soul who then stuck it up on youtube:

Amazing that Lukas Foss was never a GG Prize Laureate.


From: bobmerk at earthlink.net
To: f_minor at glenngould.org
Date: Fri, 17 Apr 2015 01:21:04 -0400
Subject: Re: [f_minor] Knock Knock

well anyway, as long as the Foundation tossed 
us into this arena ... who has opinions about Henryk Górecki? 
I mean opinions about 
his music, but if you got opinions about his character or his little-known 
hobbies, I'd like them, too.
d. 2010. De mortuis nil nisi bonum.
PS. John, did you ask for your 
money back? I've been known to do that.

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  To: Discussion of the Canadian pianist Glenn 
  Sent: Wednesday, April 15, 2015 9:25 
  Subject: Re: [f_minor] Knock Knock

  I once saw Philip Glass perform 
  The music was so loud and distorted that you 
  couldn't get any idea of what he was trying to achieve; or that sounded 
  anything like the style of his records. No separation between 
  It was a disgraceful effort.

  From: Pat 
  Sent: Wednesday, April 15, 2015 10:19 PM
  To: f_minor at glenngould.org 
  Subject: [f_minor] Knock Knock

  - Knock knock
  - Who’s there ?
  - Knock knock
  - Who’s there ?
  - Knock knock
  - Who’s there ?
  - Knock knock
  - Who’s there ?
  - Knock knock
  - Who’s there ?
  - Knock knock
  - Who’s there ?
  - Phil Glass
  ....so, this year’s winner of the GG Prize has been announced and it is 
  Philipp Glass. 
  As you all know, with a few exeptions Mr. Gould found that whole minimal 
  thing a bit dull and methinkst at one point he refered to it as 18th Century 
  Music or summet to that extent. (Personally I am not of that opinion, just for 
  the record. What counts here are the opinions of Mr. Gould.)
  So I wonder if this was a wise choice. 
  Not that I have any grudges against Mr. Glass, far from it. 
  Yet I reckon it should have gone to someone with a more “gouldian” 
  approach to music and technology than a former revolutionary composer from the 
  70s who is  past mainstream and maybe a bit antique by now. And who was 
  parodied by Mr. Gould in one of his rehearsal tapes. 
  Or could it be that the Old Boys And Girls Network was in charge, decided 
  to give the prize to “one of us” without any regard whatsoever for any 
  gouldian context or the signals this is sending to the rest of the art world, 
  be done with it, proceed to the lunch buffet, safe in the knowledge that their 
  names will also be mentioned in blogs and articles around the interwebs 
  together with the famous laureate ? Do I smell Politics ? A PR stunt ? Why am 
  I wondering if dear old Pet Clarke has ever seen  or heard 
  Koyaniswhatever ?
  At least for me this announcement has a strange aftertaste and I really 
  dunno if Mr. Gould would be happy with the idea of giving a prize in his name 
  to Mr. Glass. Or giving out a prize in his name in general.



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