Joseph Previte wrote:
>Regarding Glenn Gould's humming, I distinctly remember as a classical
>music neophyte when I purchased my first Glenn Gould recording. ... I
>took the album home, put it on and was mortified to hear singing, no less
>what seemed out of tune - like a piano record overdubbed on an old choral
>or singing record. ... Since then I have come to overlook (overhear?)
>Gould's self-accompaniment and enjoy his artistry for what it is - always
>interesting, intellectually challenging, musically stimulating, and usually
I can only submit that many others did not have the patience with Mr.
Gould's singing that you did. Whether that's good or bad....well I
suspect that Mr. Gould's lack of wide-spread popularity can be attributed
to two factors: 1) his inconsiderate and loud singing and 2) his very
idiosyncratic interpretations. A third, but lessor, factor was no doubt
his refusal to play before audiences after a certain point in his career.
All of this is unfortunate since he was an immense talent.