Wednesday, 2/17/10

by musicclipoftheday

transported, adj. emotionally moved, ecstatic. E.g., Glenn Gould playing Bach.

Bach, Partita No. 2 in C Minor (excerpt), Glenn Gould, piano, live (from The Art of Piano: Great Pianists of the 20th Century)



I think that if I were required to spend the rest of my life on a desert island, and to listen to or play the music of any one composer during all that time, that composer would almost certainly be Bach. I really can’t think of any other music which is so all-encompassing, which moves me so deeply and so consistently, and which, to use a rather imprecise word, is valuable beyond all of its skill and brilliance for something more meaningful than that—its humanity.


The nature of the contrapuntal experience is that every note has to have a past and a future on the horizontal plane.


We do not play the piano with our fingers but with our mind.


In the best of all possible worlds, art would be unnecessary. Its offer of restorative, placative therapy would go begging a patient. . . . The audience would be the artist and their life would be art.

—Glenn Gould