“The justification of artwork is the interior combustion it ignites within the hearts of males and never its shallow, externalized, public manifestations. The aim of artwork isn’t the discharge of a momentary ejection of adrenaline however is, somewhat, the gradual, lifelong development of a state of surprise and serenity.” – Glenn Gould
One of many biggest classical pianists of the twentieth century, Glenn Gould, shocked the world at age thirty-one when he introduced his everlasting retirement from public efficiency. Denouncing the live performance corridor as a relative of the Roman Colosseum and audiences as a “power of evil”, for the sake of his inventive integrity and private sanity he dedicated the remainder of his musical life to recording within the studio.
Gould’s good and typically provocative performances of classical masterworks are well-known, particularly his unequaled recordings of Bach. However he was additionally a prolific, articulate, and no much less provocative critic. In essays like “The Prospects of Recording”, he laid out his philosophy of efficiency, of the relation between expertise and music.
He described his personal experimentation with unconventional recording methods, and made daring and sometimes correct predictions about how recording expertise would change how the typical particular person would relate to music. And he outright rejected lots of the stagnant conventions of latest classical efficiency.
On this episode, Thomas discusses Gould’s fascinating (and sometimes entertaining) views on music and expertise, and performs a variety of his recordings. In case you’ve by no means heard Gould play, you are lacking out. You probably have, you may discover this episode all of the extra attention-grabbing.
Items performed on this episode (all carried out by Glenn Gould):
J. S. Bach, Effectively-Tempered Clavier, E-book I: Prelude and Fugue no. 3 in C-sharp main, Fugue no. 20 in A serious, Prelude no. 21 in B-flat main
Bach, Two- and Three-Half Innovations: Invention no. 12 in A serious, Sinfonia no. 5 in E-flat main, Sinfonia no. 9 in F minor
Brahms, Intermezzo No. 2 in A serious, op. 118
Beethoven, Symphony No. 5, IV. Allegro, piano transcription by Franz Liszt
Thomas Mirus’s 2011 essay “Glenn Gould within the Studio” https://thomasmirus.com/2013/05/20/glenn-gould-in-the-studio
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