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Glenn Gould Glenn Herbert Gould [ fn 1 ] [ fn 2 ] (25 September 1932 – 4 October 1982) was a Canadian pianist who became one of the best-known and most celebrated classical pianists of the 20th century. He was particularly renowned as an interpreter of the keyboard music of Johann Sebastian Bach . His playing was distinguished by remarkable technical proficiency and capacity to articulate the polyphonic texture of Bach's music. Gould rejected most of the standard Romantic piano literature and, after his adolescence, avoided Liszt , Schumann , and Chopin .
The remarkable Canadian pianist (also organist, conductor, and composer), Glenn (Herbert) Gould, was born into a musical family: Edvard Grieg was a first cousin of his mother's grandfather, his father was an amateur violinist, and his mother played piano and organ. Gould's mother was his only teacher until he was ten. When he was three years old, it became evident that he possessed exceptional musical aptitude, including absolute pitch and even the ability to read staff notation. At five, he began to compose, and played his own little compositions for family and friends.
Please click here for a September 2002 update (new Glenn Gould Anniversary Edition of Bach!) The late Canadian pianist Glenn Gould was weird . Compared to his bizarre routines, the petulant attitudes and outrageous demands of spoiled rock and movie stars seem downright normal.
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“ A performance is not a contest but a love affair. ” Glenn Gould The Calder Quartet, whose members are graduates of the renowned Julliard School in Manhattan, performed Mozart’s G-minor Quintet at Zipper Hall in Los Angeles on March 22, 2009. People adore this particular composition.
Forty-five years ago this week, the great Canadian pianist Glenn Gould stepped off the stage of the Wilshire Ebell Theatre and became the prophet of a new technology. Gould's act was an act of omission, not commission. That April 10, 1964, recital in the Los Angeles hall was the last concert he ever gave -- a forsaking of the tradition of public performance that was unprecedented for such a young (31) and eminent interpreter of Bach and Beethoven. I thought this milestone of Southern California cultural history worth revisiting not only because Glenn Gould happens to be one of my personal heroes, but also because his vision of music and the music business has been so thoroughly validated over the years. For Gould's withdrawal from the concert stage did not mean his withdrawal from the music world. Rather, it enhanced his stature in that world, making him an inspiration for the digital recording era.
"Mozart was a bad composer who died too late rather than too early." Um... excuse me? Should you really be saying something like that right after his 250th birthday...?
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart ( German: [ˈvɔlfɡaŋ amaˈdeus ˈmoːtsaʁt] , English see fn. ), [ 1 ] baptised as Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart [ 2 ] (27 January 1756 – 5 December 1791), was a prolific and influential composer of the Classical era . Mozart showed prodigious ability from his earliest childhood. Already competent on keyboard and violin, he composed from the age of five and performed before European royalty. At 17, he was engaged as a court musician in Salzburg , but grew restless and travelled in search of a better position, always composing abundantly. While visiting Vienna in 1781, he was dismissed from his Salzburg position. He chose to stay in the capital, where he achieved fame but little financial security.
The title of this set, A State of Wonder, probably would induce in Glenn Gould a state of hysterics, never mind that the name originates with him (perhaps he was unconsciously recalling the words of the theme song to the 1960s dolphin drama "Flipper"). But that's classical music marketing today: always emphasize the mystery and spirituality rather than the expressive directness, humanity, and real world fun to be had. And god knows there's fun aplenty in these two classic performances of the Goldberg Variations, not to mention the extensive discussion between critic Tim Page and Gould that comes on a third bonus disc. And there's another irony here: the 1982 remake is advertised as being reissued for the first time
Michael Leddy says: It's a blog post about making a functional equivalent of Glenn Gould's famous chair. The maker, whom I know only as MPR, left a comment on a post of mine that has much of the chair's history . This project is especially awesome as a European company sells a licensed replica for 990 euros. MPR's project (not a replica, but a chair that functions in the same way) uses a $35 chair from Costco. This sort of homemade ingenuity and beauty made me think of Make .
The Goldberg Variations, one of the monuments of keyboard literature, was published in 1742 while Bach held the title of Polish Royal and Saxon electoral court-composer. That his apparent apathy towards the variation form (he produced only one other work of that cast--an unpretentious set in the "Italian manner") did not prevent his indulgence in an edifice of previously unequalled magnitude, provokes considerable curiosity as to the origin of this composition. Such curiousity, however, must remain unsatisfied for any data extant in Bach's time has long since been obscured by his romantic biographers, who succumbed the the allure of a legend which, despite its extravagant caprice, is difficult to disprove.
Portrait of Bach in his old age, Haussmann , 1748 Johann Sebastian Bach [ 1 ] (31 March [ O.S. 21 March] 1685 – 28 July 1750) was a German composer, organist, harpsichordist, violist, and violinist of the Baroque period . He enriched many established German styles through his skill in counterpoint , harmonic and motivic organisation, and the adaptation of rhythms, forms, and textures from abroad, particularly from Italy and France.
Title page of the Goldberg Variations (first edition) The Goldberg Variations , BWV 988, is a work for harpsichord by Johann Sebastian Bach , consisting of an aria and a set of 30 variations . First published in 1741, the work is considered to be one of the most important examples of variation form.
T he "Goldberg" Variations is the last of a series of keyboard music Bach published under the title of Clavierübung , and is often regarded as the most serious and ambitious composition ever written for harpsichord. Based on a single ground bass theme, the variations display not only Bach's exceptional knowledge of diverse styles of music of the day but also his exquisite performing techniques. Being also the largest of all clavier pieces published during the Baroque period, the work soars high above others in terms of its encyclopaedic character. From this, it is often considered that it sums up the entire history of Baroque variation, the Diabelli Variations by Beethoven being the Classical counterpart.
About the Glenn Gould Performance Database Glenn Gould was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on September 25, 1932. The Glenn Gould Performance Database contains complete information about all of Glenn Gould's live performances from February 16, 1945 to April 10, 1964. Information in the database is broken down by year, concert date, city concert took place, State or Province, Country, conductor, orchestra, other artists, performance instrument, composers, and compositions. Start by clicking on a button for one of these search criteria. Information will be displayed in the scrolling area on the right side of the window.