Today I turned fifty and I’m feeling just fine - one of my good days. As of now, everything in my life is under control.
Even better, I’ve had a commission from the Canadian Broadcasting Company to compose a piano sonata. Big bucks; but the project must be completed within the year. The idea is that they will broadcast my first performance while I am still fifty. This would consist of a documentary movie of me miming to a studio recording.
It seems a tall order, but it happens that a big sonata is just exactly what I have been wanting to do for some years; only I have not been sure that any work of mine would be recorded - the sales guys at the record company tell me that the public will buy anything I perform, however weird, but this charity would not extend to my compositions.
Anyway, here goes with my magnum opus. I feel as if my life so far has been a study for this one. For once, I can hardly wait to get at the piano and try it out. "
- Glenn Gould
damn makes me rather sad
he wouldve died 10 days after this letter was written…he couldve been working on the sonata when he had his stroke
"I feel as if my life so far has been a study for this one. For once, I can hardly wait to get at the piano and try it out. "
im gonna go cry now