“This is Glenn Gould This programme is called The Idea of North. I’ve long been intrigued by that incredible tapestry of tundra and taiga which constitutes the arctic and sub-arctic of our country….”
(From A transcript of the prologue to The Idea of North, a sound documentary by Glenn Gould.)
Glenn plays Goldberg Variations 1-7 (youtube)
Photo collage by a Canadian poet, P.R. Pottelberg (From an ill fated project of mine called icON cOFFin – background images comprise of miniture candy bento, and nothing to do with global warming or the Penguins ).
What is Umeboshi?
Excerpt from a play “Glenn” by David Young
Prodigy The twenty-fifth of September. No Cake, No candles. No celebration. Instead this … this inconsolable longing.
Puritan It was a test. A chance to look at myself on the barren heath, so to speak.
Progidy I feel like I’m circling above my childhood, never finding a place to land except…..
(The Prodigy moves toward the phone again. Should he call?)
Puritan (gaining conviction) The idea of solitude was with me from the very beginning. Isolation was a doorway to ecstasy.
Another excerpt from the same play,
The Perfectionist I believe that all the spiritual energy that has ever been is with us now, radient and invisible. We should not confuse ourselves with these bodies. I am not this body.
I am an electromagnectic field that animates this body.
Phone Fetishist, the Glenn Gould Factor by Margie Borschke
“Phil: Was there ever any kind of relationship between Glenn Gould and John Cage?
Kevin Bazzana: Yes, in fact the intellectual relationship between Gould and Cage is the subject of an article in the next issue of GlennGould which should be published within about a month. There was a brief correspondence between Gould and Cage in the early 1970s at the time of Gould’s CBC Radio Documentary on Schoenberg and Gould interviewed Cage, who was a student of Schoenberg’s, for that documentary.” (from here)
Glenn plays Schoenberg here with Menuhin (youtube)
“Gould’s Solitude Trilogy is a main inspiration for my RNC Protest piece” wrote Christopher DeLaurenti a Seattle composer. (via email)