Glenn Gould’s funeral march for Beethoven

The composer died on March 26, 1827.

The pianist had a special affinity with the marche funèbre from Sonata No. 12 in A-Flat Major, Op. 26:

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  • There’s an A natural at the end of bar 5 (at 0.26) I haven’t heard before…It’s quite funky, but really don’t think it’s correct

  • As Ricardo notes, Haydn’s head was stolen after his death, and when he was exhumed to be reburied, a headless corpse was in the coffin. The head was replaced, but it turned out to be the wrong one, and the real Haydn head was found years later. The body was exhumed AGAIN and the proper head included.

    Apparently, Haydn’s body is now buried with TWO heads in the coffin.

    • So the new graphic novel about Beethoven’s death and funeral is all fake history?

      The BR radio review states that all of Beethoven’s hair was cut off (for souvenirs) and that the head was replaced more than once.

  • “Special affinity”? Hardly. Although this isn’t as ridiculous as his rendition of the opening movements of the Pathetique or Appassionata Sonatas (to say nothing of his Mozart sonatas), this is pretty weak as far as Beethoven playing goes.

    As for the funeral march from the Op. 26 Sonata, Richter is most memorable – as he is with the rest of the work.

  • I agree on Richter for Sonata No.12 in A-flat, Op. s6, especially the funeral march, particularly those drum ruffles in the trio. ven Even Ste. Wanda Landowska of all people plays it better than Gould on her quite successful piano roll, as she does everything else.

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