The Well-Tempered Ear

Classical music mystery: What was the secret to pianist Glenn Gould’s technique?

October 9, 2010
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By Jacob Stockinger

Few musicians have attracted and continue to attract the attention that the late pianist Glenn Gould (below) does.

Oh, maybe the tenor Enrico Caruso or the opera diva Maria Callas or the conductor Arturo Toscanini.

But I can’t think of another instrumentalist and certainly not another pianist, not even Rubinstein or Horowitz or Richter, who holds such a grip on the public’s imagination.

So imagine my joy when I came upon the news that there is yet another movie out about the eccentric Canadian genius and also a story about his famed flat-finger technique.

Here they are the stories and a review.

I hope you enjoy them:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/05/movies/05gould.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/26/arts/music/26gould.html

This review is not very positive — by a non-pianist I bet:

http://wearemoviegeeks.com/2010/10/review-genius-within-the-inner-life-of-glen-gould/

Of course, you can find more stories and reviews by Googling Glenn Gould and “The Inner life of Glenn Gould.”

Let me know what you find and recommend.

But most of all you can go listen to his recordings.

Especially his Bach.

Which Gould recording is your favorite?

Do you prefer his younger or older version of Bach’s “Goldberg” Variations and why?

And why do you think the public remains so fascinated with him?

The Ear wants to hear.


Posted in Classical music

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