[f_minor] Glenn Gould's humming

Robert Merkin bobmerk at earthlink.net
Fri Feb 20 22:56:00 MST 2015

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----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Pat" <pzumst at bluewin.ch>
To: "John Hood" <johnhood at iinet.net.au>; "Discussion of the Canadian pianist 
Glenn Gould." <f_minor at glenngould.org>
Sent: Friday, February 20, 2015 1:19 PM
Subject: Re: [f_minor] Glenn Gould's humming

Keith Jarrett also has a massive problem with coughing and sneezing
audiences....(while I have a problem with Jarrett as a performer and

Mr. Gould's humming is rather charming I htink. I might be wrong but I was
under the impression he was humming rather a lot during those Mozart
Sonatas. What is that supposed to tell us ?

and, just in case...you might be one of the Anti-Hummers, 'ere's an old joke
told so many times on f_minor like  Rob Merkin's NASA Voyager joke...but it
might be new to the novices....



-----Ursprüngliche Nachricht----- 
From: John Hood
Sent: Friday, February 20, 2015 1:47 PM
To: Discussion of the Canadian pianist Glenn Gould.
Subject: Re: [f_minor] Glenn Gould's humming

Jazz pianist Keith Jarrett has quite a similar problem with utterances as he
plays which can be quite annoying.


From: "Elaine Parks" <elaine19c at yahoo.ca>
Sent: Friday, February 20, 2015 9:07 AM
To: "Discussion of the Canadian pianist Glenn Gould."
<f_minor at glenngould.org>
Subject: Re: [f_minor] Glenn Gould's humming

> I like the humming too, and it's so interesting that he sometimes sounds
> out of key!
> I noticed that some current classical performers make odd harrumphing
> breathing noises while performing (I witnessed this in a pianist and a 
> conductor)
> and I am wondering if our tolerance for GG's extra sounds on record could 
> have
> encouraged these fellows in this regard. Or has it become a fashionable
> eccentricity to exhibit such noises? In both instances I found it curious
> yet unappealing; in the case of the conductor, I left early!!!
> Regarding a previous comment about GG's editing his work, my impression 
> was that
> he defended the right to edit and loved to play at it for fun to 
> demonstrate a point
> but in reality he actually didn't edit his pieces much...at the most 
> tacking on a different
> beginning or ending now and then, or replacing a bad note. Anyone agree?
> Elaine
> --------------------------------------------

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