Gould and Bach: ‘neither end nor beginning’

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In an earlier post, I wrote about Glenn Gould’s recording of the Goldberg Variations (released in 1956). Here is an excerpt of Gould’s own liner notes for his recording. It makes very complicated reading! But nonetheless interesting, and I particularly like the ending:

“…It is, in short, music which observes neither end nor beginning, music with neither real climax nor real resolution, music which, like Baudelaire’s lovers, “rests lightly on the wings of the unchecked wind.” It has, then, unity through intuitive perception, unity born of craft and scrutiny, mellowed by mastery achieved, and revealed to us here, as so rarely in art, in the vision of subconscious design exulting upon a pinnacle of potency.” Glenn Gould

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