Glenn Gould


Glenn Gould’s interpretation of Bach is so definitively his own.  One of the things I love so much about Bach is the distinct absence of phrase-markings, dynamics, and tempos.  It fits in with the idea of Bach The Improvisor.

Bach gives us the important information (what notes to play, and for how long to play them) and the rest is up to the performer.  Each time you play, it is an act of improvisation.

The line between “classical” and “jazz” is only there because there are those who would profit from their segregation.


3 comments on “Glenn Gould

  1. kurtnemes says:

    Reblogged this on Kurt Nemes' Classical Music Almanac and commented:
    Several years ago, on a business trip to Accra, Ghana, I was sitting in the lobby of my hotel and a man came in, sat down at the baby grand in the hotel bar, and began playing Bach’s Goldberg Variations. What a sublime work and even more so to hear it in such an environment. After he finished, he told me he was practicing for a recital at the US embassy by a soprano, for whom he was the accompanist. How blessed I felt that day, and I’m not a particularly religious person, but that was definitely spiritual event.

  2. Letizia says:

    How wonderful to have heard Bach’s Goldberg Variations in the hotel lobby. The unexpected location must have really made it a special moment! When I lived in Milan, I lived near the Scala and often heard incredible piano pieces through my kitchen window. It clearly came from a neighboring apartment and, I suspect, from a professional player (at first I thought it was a CD but then I realized it was someone playing due to the pauses and the repetition!).

  3. well, nice post, thanks for share

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