Having worked at CBC for many years, I also have a lot of tapes, including some material by Glenn Gould which, although it may have been given to me, I am not at liberty to sell or publish or permit to be broadcast. A used tissue is not intellectual property. There is also the matter of authenticity; I could put Glenn's name on any piano recording I might have made and who could argue? Since he never made any professional recordings of Chopin, nobody knows what his Chopin would sound like. The absence of his humming wouldn't be a clue because that was more of an emotional response to the music he was playing and I don't think he would feel that way towards Chopin. The presence of the humming wouldn't tell you anything either because after he died, I could easily collaborate with a pianist and say, "let's make a recording of some Chopin and pass it off as Glenn Gould. By the way, you'll have to hum along.". Having been a friend of Larry
Lake's for many years, I would trust that if he said it was by Glenn Gould, it probably was, but he also enjoyed a joke.
On Sunday, February 9, 2014 9:41:04 PM, Julian Antos <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
If they were in fact a gift how would the Gould estate have anything to do
>with them? Are they under copyright? Unless they are, shouldn't the estate
>have as much control under them as a piece of tissue Glenn Gould sneezed
>On Sun, Feb 9, 2014 at 8:14 PM, Paul Stamler <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> On 2/9/2014 6:15 PM, Alan Foljambe wrote:
>>> I have some rare tapes that I would like to sell and thought some of the
>>> people on this list might be able to provide me with some guidance.
>>> I have two 1/4" reel to reel tapes of Glenn Gould playing Chopin. These
>>> were bought from the estate of Larry Lake in Toronto, who was an engineer
>>> who did work for CBC and a friend of Gould's. The tapes were probably
>>> to Lake by Gould. As far as I know, these tapes have never been reproduced
>>> or published.
>>> I've been told that these tapes could be worth a huge amount of money but
>>> I'm cautious and somewhat dubious about this claim. Apparently tapes of
>>> Gould playing Chopin are far more rare than Bach, as he was a devotee of
>>> Bach and didn't really even like Chopin.
>>> Any guidance you might want to provide about dealing with this situation
>>> would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
>> Those tapes were the property of Glenn Gould, and are now the property of
>> his estate. Only they have the right to sell the tapes, or publish them in
>> any way.