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Saturday, June 15, 2013

Glenn Gould talks and plays early 20th century classics in film that screens at Canadian Day, July 5 in Rome

        Iconic Canadian pianist, broadcaster and musical thinker Glenn Gould will be seen and heard in a CBC Television film that opens Canadian Day, a celebration of Canadian culture, July 5 in Rome.  Canadian Day is the final event in the weeklong Le Nazioni : The Festival of Nations, presented by the Accademia Filarmonica Romana in its historical and elegant home and gardens.

 Internationally respected Canadian music and dance journalist and critic William Littler – who knew and interviewed Gould, and reviewed his work – introduces the 1975 film The Flight from Order: 1910-1920.  It was originally telecast in a four-part series, Music In Our Time, on the CBC-TV series Musicamera.  Gould is both host and featured performer, joined by some of Canada’s leading musicians of the day* in a program of Prokofiev, Richard Strauss, Arnold Schönberg's Pierrot Lunaire, Stravinsky's L'Histoire du Soldat, narrated by Eric House, and Gould performing his own transcription of Maurice Ravel's La Valse.

Even 30 years after his death at age 50, the enigmatic Glenn Gould (1932-1982) remains revered for his Bach recordings, but also discussed and debated for his musical passions and his often controversial views on music and recording. 

 The Flight from Order: 1910-1920 in part honors one of Gould’s musical heroes, German composer Richard Strauss (1864-1949), in the year before the composer’s sesquicentennial and 65th anniversary of his death.   Even though admiring Strauss was not fashionable during Gould's lifetime, he clearly stated that “I've always been addicted to his music, the way that people are addicted to chocolate sundaes.”

 The one-hour film will be screened July 5 at 5:30 p.m. at the Accademia Filarmonica Romana in central Rome.  A classical concert follows at 7:30, featuring musicians from across Canada – Vancouver’s Borealis String Quartet, Edmonton violinist Guillaume Tardif (originally of Quebec), Toronto clarinetist Kornel Wolak, and Montreal-based soprano Jana Miller (originally from Nova Scotia) and pianist Jordan de Souza.  Both the screening and classical concert take place in the air conditioned Sala Casella.

 Canadian Day concludes with world music and jazz performed in the main garden at 10 p.m. by Toronto’s JUNO Award-winning Dominic Mancuso Group.

 During the afternoon and evening, scenic photographs from across Canada, taken by James MacMullin, will be displayed.  Moosehead beer will be available, as will crepes served with Quebec maple syrup at the Bar/Cafe in the Bamboo Garden.

Preceding Canadian Day in Le Nazioni : The Festival of Nations are the cultures of Norway on July 1; Morocco, July 2; Brazil, July 3; and Iran, July 4.

 Canada’s participation in Le Nazioni, The Festival of Nations is being organized by the Toronto-based International Resource Centre for Performing Artists and produced by IRCPA Director Ann Summers Dossena.  More information is posted at and will appear shortly at


Originally from Vancouver, William Littler served as music and dance critic of the Vancouver Sun before being invited to become music – and subsequently also dance – critic of Canada's largest newspaper, The Toronto Star.  A prolific contributor to periodicals and publications on music and dance, he has also written for and appeared regularly on radio and TV. He is currently a lecturer at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, but has lectured and taught at several Canadian universities, and been a guest lecturer in Canada and the U.S. and at the University of Vienna.  As well, he has appeared as a judge in such major music competitions as Australia’s Sydney International Piano Competition and the Tokyo International Chamber Music Competition.  A frequent board member of the Music Critics Association of North America, Littler was also a founding vice president of the Paris-based International Music Critics Association and founding chairman of the Dance Critics Association (of North America).  He was the first music critic to win Canada's National Newspaper Award in critical writing, and is also a Fellow of the Royal Conservatory of Music.

More information on Glenn Gould is available at the official website through the Glenn Gould Estate and Glenn Gould Limited :

 * Performers and musical selections in The Flight from Order: 1910-1920 include the following :

  A bagatelle from Prokofiev's Visions Fugitives, Op. 22, with pianist Glenn Gould; Richard Strauss' Three Ophelia Songs, Op. 57, sung by soprano Roxolana Roslak;

          Arnold Schönberg's Pierrot Lunaire, Op. 21, sung by contralto Patricia Rideout and accompanied  
           by Glenn Gould, violinist Adele Armin, cellist Coenraad Bloemendal, flutist Suzanne Shulman, 
          clarinetist James Campbell, and bass clarinetist Peter Smith; with Robin Patterson and Ian McKay 
          appearing as mimes.
          Igor Stravinsky's L'Histoire du Soldat, last four movements: narrated by Eric House, conducted by 
          Boris Brott, with Adele Armin, violin; Don Thompson, double bass; James Campbell, clarinet; James 
          McKay, bassoon; Fred Mills, trumpet; Eugene Watts, trombone; and John Wyre, percussion.
          Glenn Gould's transcription of Maurice Ravel's La Valse, performed by Gould himself.

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