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Metropolitan Museum Concerts
September 26-29, 1985
"The purpose of art... is the gradual, lifelong construction of a state of wonder and serenity. Through the ministrations of the radio and the phonograph we are rapidly and quite properly learning to appreciate the elements of aesthetic narcissism – and I use that word in its best sense – and are awakening to the challenge that each man contemplatively create his own divinity."
-Glenn Gould, 1962
To that end, Glenn Gould devoted the last eighteen years of his life and has left us a vast legacy consisting of radio and television programs, recordings, and films. This series expresses our acceptance and appreciation of his gift, and is an introduction, for those who are able to benefit from it, to the particular qualities of this personal and spiritual form of communication.
Thursday September 26
Thur Sept 26 at 7:30 pm
Appreciation and reminiscence
by colleagues and friends
Tim Page, editor of The Glenn Gould Reader
Jaime Laredo, collaborator on the 1976 recording of the Bach Sonatas for violin and piano
Bruno Monsaingeon, director of two series of films, 1974 and 1979-81
Robert Silverman, editor of Glenn Gould's articles for The Piano Quarterty
Vincent Tovell, producer of "Glenn Gould: A Portrait"
The Goldberg Variations
Bruno Monsaingeon, director; Herbert Kloiber, producer; Clasart films
Friday September 27
Fri Sept 27 at 6:00
On the Record (1959)
Off the Record (1959)
Glenn Gould at a recording session and at work in the country, north of Toronto
The National Film Board of Canada
Fri Sept 27 at 8:00
Two films in the series, Conversations with Humphrey Burton, made for the BBC; recording techniques, the future of the concert, and the demands made on the performer by the concert hall; Schoenberg's departure from tonality; performance of the Intermezzo from the Suite, Op 25.
Saturday September 28
Sat Sept 28 at 1:00
From the Humphrey Burton series; the concerto, differing interpretations of the Beethoven Sonatas, Op 10 No 1, and Op 109; in the Strauss film, he presents his ideas about the composer's commitment to tonality, the transcendent quality of his work, and plays sections from songs, from Burleske, and an extended segment from Electra.
Sat Sept 28 at 3:00
The Retreat (1974)
The Alchemist (1974)
Two films made by Bruno Monsaingeon for the Institut National de l'Audiovisuel; a discussion of Glenn Gould's reasons for leaving the concert stage; performance of Schoenberg's Suite; the recording and editing sessions that produced the Bach A major English Suite and Scriabin's Desir.
Sat Sept 28 at 6:00
Glenn Gould 1974 (1974)
Bach-Partita No 6 (1974)
Two films from the Bruno Monsaingeon INA series; Glenn Gould's 4-part fugue, "So You Want to Write a Fugue"; the relationship between Webern, Schoenberg and Berg; Berg's Piano Sonata, Op 1; complete performance of the Partita.
Sat Sept 28 at 8:00
Glenn Gould: A Portrait (1985)
Produced by Vincent Tovell and Eric Till, the two-hour film draws on a library of television programs made for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation from 1957. Part 1 is set in the years up to 1962 when Glenn Gould was still giving concerts; Part II is concerned with his work for television and radio and includes segments from The ldea of North and The Latecomers.
Sunday September 29
Sun Sept 29 at 3:00
Glenn Gould's Toronto (1980)
A tour of Toronto written and hosted by Glenn Gould
John McGreevy Productions
Sun Sept 29 at 6:00
Glenn Gould Plays Bach:
A Question of Instruments (1981)
A film from the series of three made by Bruno Monsaingeon for Clasart; Bach's abstract to non-instrumental approach to composition, and performances from the Art of the Fugue, the Chromatic Fantasy, and of the complete D major Partita.
Sun Sept 29 at 8:00
An Art of Fugue (1981)
Goldberg Variations (1981)
Two films from the Bruno Monsaingeon Clasart series; contains discussions and performances of fugues from the WTC, the later use of the fugue by other composers, and performances of fugues 2, 4 and 15 from The Art of the Fugue.
The Goldberg Variations closes the series, just as it opened it.
The Metropolitan Museum wishes to thank the Canadian Consulate General in New York for its cooperation in making this series possible.
The box office will be open after each event for single ticket sales.
Source: Library and Archives Canada/Music Division/Concert Programme Collection
© The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Reproduced with the permission of the Museum, the Estate of Glenn Gould and Glenn Gould Limited.