Glenn Gould’s American Debut

Original concert program

Once upon a Sunday afternoon in January 1955, Glenn Gould, one of the most admired and talented pianists of the twentieth century, gave his debut recital in the United States here at The Phillips Collection.  I could argue with myself, and sadly, I often do, whether or not Gould is my favorite pianist.  His unique, off-the-cuff yet thoughtful interpretations gave life to every note he played.  Even at this young age his individuality is evident, beginning the concert with Renaissance composer Orlando Gibbons and ending it with the Romantic Expressionist, Alban Berg.

The Phillips Camerata – the museum’s first-ever namesake resident ensemble – will make their debut this fall performing Gould’s String Quartet, Op. 1 to celebrate the mark that the artist had on The Phillips Collection.

Casey Fox Smith, Music Program Intern