Glenn Gould

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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Very few musicians have had careers as distinctive as that of the pianist Glenn Gould, whose relatively short life ended 30 years ago. Gould would have turned 80 this month, and as WNYC’s Sara Fishko tells us, he’s still a compelling figure for fellow-pianists.  Here is the next Fishko Files.





In his early career, USC professor and music writer Tim Page interviewed Glenn Gould. For decades, until Gould's death 30 years ago, Page and Gould continued their conversations -- almost entirely on the telephone. Listen to Sara Fishko and Tim Page's phone chat about Gould, below.

Tim Page and Sara Fishko


Listen to an hour long Fishko Files special, “20 Years After Glenn Gould” (produced in 2002). Distinguished pianists Murray Perahia, Vladimir Feltsman, Angela Hewitt, Maria Tipo, Sergei Schepkin, and the late Edward Aldwell are among the participants interviewed.


20 Years After Glenn Gould



WNYC Production Credits...

Executive Producer: Sara Fishko
Assistant Producer: Laura Mayer
Mix Engineer: Paul Schneider
Managing Editor, WNYC News: Karen Frillmann

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Comments [2]


it's kind of annoying that the names or BWV of the selected pieces are never mentioned. Bach wrote a lot of music, so it's a bit insensible to expect the listeners to know all pieces by heart. especially since the recordings you use are so beautiful.

Oct. 08 2012 04:34 PM
Steve Butts from Manhattan

Hey, great piece, as an historically informed performer I very much value Gould's clarity and depth. But Hewitt's comments were 'way off the mark.
There are HUNDREDS of historically centered monographs that explain in great detail how to play the different genres and styles, and lots of how-to books written from the time. In addition, all the serious players of the time just KNEW how to play a gigue, a saraband, an allemand, and so Bach didn't have to notate much -- the title told all that was needed. It is the performance practice of the time that dictates the tempo, dynamics and other things that tell a modern performer most of how to play a Baroque piece -- not her "interpretation." Mostly, anyway.

Sep. 20 2012 06:48 PM

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