Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Glenn Gould on Bach

Kudos to "cultural offering" for pointing the way to this clip of Glenn Gould discussing the merits of Bach performed on the modern piano.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Great Post! It's definitely interesting to think about what old composers would think of modern realizations of their pieces. Bach was definitely a forward thinking composer, and it would be nice to think that he would appreciate the way his keyboard music sounds on the piano, but it's possible that the piano's radically different sound would startle him. Obviously he never considered the piano when composing his music, but I like Gould's point about Bach not being a slave to tone and tambre. It seems that his music is incredibly specific harmonically, melodically, and rhythmically, and those were the things he truly slaved over.