So you want to write a fugue? Wed, 5 Feb 97 However, now I suppose this is not an ordinary question to ask whether "you" want to write a fugue or not, but a rethorical question for uring "you" to write a fugue, like: Is it an urging or a persuading expression?
Both his parents were musical, and his mother, especially, encouraged the infant Gould's early musical development. Before his birth, his mother planned for him to become a successful musician, and thus exposed him to music during her pregnancy.
He learned to read music before he could read words. He would play his own little pieces for family, friends, and sometimes large gatherings, including, ina performance at the Emmanuel Presbyterian Church a few blocks from the Gould house of one of his own compositions.
This left a tremendous impression. He later described the experience: It was, I think, his last performance in Toronto, and it was a staggering impression. The only thing I can really remember is that, when I was being brought home in a car, I was in that wonderful state of half-awakeness in which you hear all sorts of incredible sounds going through your mind.
The photo was taken inbefore Gould fully developed this technique. As a young child, Gould was taught piano by his mother. Gould's mother would urge the young Gould to sit up straight at the keyboard. The chair allowed him to pull down on the keys rather than striking them from above, a central technical idea of his teacher at the Conservatory, Alberto Guerrero.
His manual practising focused on articulation, rather than basic facility.
He may have spoken ironically about his practising as there is evidence that, on occasion, he did practise quite hard, sometimes using his own drills and techniques. It tends to have a mechanism which is rather like an automobile without power steering: This is the secret of doing Bach on the piano at all.
You must have that immediacy of response, that control over fine definitions of things. Listeners regarded his interpretations as ranging from brilliantly creative to outright eccentric.
Gould had a pronounced aversion to what he termed a "hedonistic" approach to the piano repertoire, performance, and music generally. The institution of the public concert, he felt, degenerated into the "blood sport" with which he struggled, and which he ultimately rejected. He argued that public performance devolved into a sort of competition, with a non-empathetic audience musically and otherwise mostly attendant to the possibility of the performer erring or not meeting critical expectation.
He felt that he could realize a musical score more fully this way. Thus, the act of musical composition, to Gould, did not entirely end with the original score. The performer had to make creative choices.
Gould felt strongly that there was little point in re-recording centuries-old pieces if the performer had no new perspective to bring to the work. For the rest of his life, Gould eschewed live performance, focusing instead on recording, writing, and broadcasting.
Technology[ edit ] The issue of "authenticity" in relation to an approach like Gould's has been a topic of great debate, although diminished by the end of the 20th century—a development that Gould seems to have anticipated.Genius in the Making.
Extraordinary Canadian pianist, organist, composer, and conductor Glenn Gould was born in Toronto in , and lived in this city all his life. His father, a furrier, played violin; his mother played piano and organ and taught Gould until he was ten. Even at three years of age Gould exhibited perfect pitch and could read music, and he began composing at five.
Glenn Gould discography. 3 likes. The following is a chronological list of the original studio recordings made by the Canadian pianist Glenn Gould in the. In a interview, Glenn Gould said. I’m an addict of any crossword puzzle-like musical situation, because it’s fun to see what goes where.
It’s fun to write in the style of the 14th. glenn gould: bach, beethoven,berg, krenek: end of concerts & so you want to write a fugue- the glenn gould collection - laserdisc VHS Tape £ (2 used & new offers).
Dec 06, · Gould's writing style was highly articulate, but sometimes florid, indulgent, or rhetorical. and So You Want to Write a Fugue?
Glenn Gould's father recalled that Glenn "would not come out [of his bedroom] until he memorized the whole music" [regarding one of Beethoven's piano concertos]. Glenn Gould. Photo by the City of Toronto - Posted September, Glen Gould. Related Toronto plaques Glenn Gould Glenn Gould We worked together as professionals as I was the bass in the vocal quartet that first recorded "So you want to write a fugue" and was premiered on the CBCTV Festival Series in 20 years later while I was.