Ben Laude

Juilliard-trained pianist and gifted music educator


Ben Laude: "I got obsessed with how he was playing it"

Mar 12, 2021
Ben Laude

Ben Laude: "I got obsessed with how he was playing it"

Variations 10, 11, 12. Theme: idols. It's impossible to tell the story of the Goldberg Variations without mentioning Canadian pianist Glenn Gould. Gould's two recordings of the variations, one in 1955, the other in 1981, forever changed the place of the Goldbergs in our culture. In this episode, we explore Gould's legacy -- and the idea of musical idols -- through the eyes of Ben Laude, a concert pianist and pedagogue who relied on Gould in a period of musical crisis.

Photo credit: Rebecca Blair

Recorded by Lowry Yankwich

Bach: "Goldberg" Variations 10, 11, and 12, Benjamin Laude performing, New York, NY, December 5, 2017.

Musical recording credits, used with permission:

Buxtehude: Prelude in G Minor, BuxWV 149, Sietze de Vries performing, Harderwijk, Netherlands, 2017.

Musical recordings used as fair use commentary

Bach: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 (1981 Digital Recording), Aria and Variation 6, Glenn Gould performing, 1981. Available at https://open.spotify.com/album/1aCpHSQE5ghxibsQ5gkBe0?si=HH7k0aQITneIiHJbnBruww.

Bach: Invention No. 13 in A Minor, BWV 784, Glenn Gould performing. Available at https://open.spotify.com/track/08BIJHk1ca8UCA31iDeeUY?si=4f1ad85f03184044.

Glenn Gould, “Off the Record,” presented by the Canadian Broadcasting Company and produced by the National Film Board, 1959. Available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pL9YjM1BqgY

Bach: Prelude and Fugue No. 9 in E Major, BWV 854: Fugue, Glenn Gould performing, 1963. Available at https://open.spotify.com/track/4t2pFexJ7N2OTV8vNfcZcj?si=73aa6524701f47ff.

Bach: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 (1955 Recording), Variations 5, 15, Glenn Gould performing, 1955. Available at https://open.spotify.com/album/5LajXmcx1qsfRdWCbD9S0v?si=BDdRQHX0T7W5IIUJbeH6Xw.

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