Glenn Gould From A To Z (by Michael Stegemann)
“Glenn Gould Interviews Glenn Gould About Glenn Gould”. Gould preferred talking to himself – but surely this is what he did all the time. The spontaneity of his interviews was faked from first to last: questions and answers were in every case predetermined, Gould’s interviewers having to settle for giving him his cues – always assuming that Gould did not cast himself in the role of the fictional interviewer: in 1963, for example, he conducted an interview on the subject of Bach’s Six Partitas with one “David Johnson”. And yet he needed someone he could turn to and hector: the long radio and gramophone interviews with Vincent Tovell, John McClure and Tim Page, the endless telephone conversations that he conducted deep into the night with Rolling Stone journalist Jonathan Cott, the four television “Conversations” with BBC producer Humphrey Burton and the seven films that he made with the French director Bruno Monsaingeon might all be described as the “Gospels” of Gould’s world dutifully recorded by his “apostles”.