Tuesday, 23 November 2010

A young Glenn Gould rehearses Bach

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I find this pretty amazing (I have been listening to Gould, and reading about him, continuously since 1978, but only came across this a few months ago):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qB76jxBq_gQ

Gould is rehearsing Bach, (mostly) unselfconsciously, on a rather battered and uneven-actioned piano (at his parents' holiday home).

At one level it is an enjoyable, albeit corny, 'genius at work' kind of thing. 

The performance is, I suppose, too fast; but what I find fascinating is the idea of what he was aiming at - especially when he tries the same passage several times.

A detached, crisp style, independence of lines - but one where everything is phrased - even the trills!

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