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Bach — Bernstein — Gould — Zen

Oh my Goodness.    I bumped this old film clip, on Youtube = Leonard Bernstein and Glenn Gould talked about J.S.Bach.
Film was shot on 57 years ago, 1960 then Glenn Gould was 28.   Naturally the film showed the two’s younger looks but what surprised me most was, on that time Bernstein was already “the Educator Bernstein” and Gould was “the Only one, Gould”.

(Other nearby Youtube posts, Gould or Bernstein posts are very educative and highly recommended to watch !)
In fact, me to encounter Bach first time was in the Fellini’s film, “La Dolce Vita” —– in the film, a gossip journalist, Marcello met a church organist and the organist played Bach’s music, Toccata and Fugue in D-miner (the most famous and popular organ music — famous still it was the first encounter to my 15-years-old ear)   (incidentally, that the same actor who played the organist later appeared in the other film “Emanuel” as a sex-gulu ! )

I think, it was the early 90s, I listened a BBC annual radio 3 event, the Christmas Lecture, Bernstein talked about the structure and the music language.  It opened my eyes. —– in fact, it taught me more about our emotion than of the music. —– If the music could expect the same effect, it is the proof of that our emotional pattern is much simpler = such as how we feel from major or minor key, even B-miner is associated with the feeling of death ! — how accurate his view was the other matter, but such a view-point to analyze the relation of us to the music was a shock to me. 

So that, that was the same stance, how and why I adapted my view toward the Zen = instead to see it as a holly spiritual mumbo-jumbo but the scientific / medical phenomenon of the neuro-physical function.

Amazingly looks ordinary young man, Gould was already a master of the finger of a Harpsichordist and already know what is the Bach = mean what he is going to do with him = the man aware of his own karma.  (People became aware of their own karma on their later life —– I wonder how he found it in such early life ?)

***** PS:   Related post (following links)  J.S.Bach,  Aaaaaa~~~~~!  are highly recommended post to go. (They clearly explain what I said here.)


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  1. pisaniphotography said, on September 3, 2017 at 21:51

    Hi Yoshi,

    Domenico Scarlatti (Naples, 26 October 1685 – Madrid, 23 July 1757) was born in Naples, Kingdom of Naples, belonging to the Spanish Crown, in 1685, the same year as Johann Sebastian Bach and George Frideric Handel. He was the sixth of ten children of the composer and teacher Alessandro Scarlatti. Domenico’s older brother Pietro Filippo was also a musician. (Wikipedia)

    Worth to share this with you!

    Thank you for your posts.


    • yoshizen said, on September 3, 2017 at 22:55

      Scarlatti (any of) produced much more commercial work = bit remote from Zen. (still, I like them) 😀 — You may feel pretty story from Scarlatti’s music = easy to sell — But, many of Bach’s work is emotionary nothing = only appeals to the Non-self Zen mind) Thank you Antonio to visit here. BTW, I’m going to get 850.

      • pisaniphotography said, on October 1, 2017 at 01:23

        Hi Yoshi,

        It’s great to hear from you again, thank you for the insight about the two different musicians and music (especially related to Zen).

        FYI I sent you an email.

        Have a good night.

        • yoshizen said, on October 1, 2017 at 05:31

          It’s a funny paradox = the one who want to get a benefit from religion, he will loose. That’s why a bunch of miserable looser, yet talk too much gather around the Soka Gakkai / Nichiren. If those people pay as much effort like chanting to their own work, they can get more success without loosing the time and money.

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