By the way, Monica...I noticed you wondering a while back if Gould played Chopin, and though you might have already looked it up, Wikipedia quotes him saying that he played Chopin once or twice a year, "for himself", but that it "didn't convince" him.
No, I have not heard Gould playing Chopin. I did a quick search online but found nothing. Next time I’m at the library, I’ll see if they have any CD’s. I would still like to hear how he plays it.
Interesting about changing the concertos. I’ve heard when orchestra parts were added to Chopin pieces, but not his concertos pared down to smaller-sized groups. I think I can almost hear that sort of arrangement. The second movement of the first concerto would be maybe even more beautiful (if possible) with just a couple strings, cello, maybe a flute or a harp. As long as that stupid horn player that sounds like a goose on my Music Minus One cd is not in it.
The wealthy youth in Paris and the surrounding area were I'm sure quite willing to pay exorbitant prices for his guidance,
I would give anything to go back in time and be one of those students. Of course I would have to do quite an acting job that would convince him to accept me as a student since I’m not a virtuoso, or from a wealthy or royal family. Maybe if I tell him I’ll cook for him too, maybe clean his apartment, wash his clothes, massage his hands and arms (oh, does that feel great!) etc…I could write a book with all the fantasies that pop up in my mind.