TRANSMISSION ART ARCHIVE
The Quiet in the Land (The Solitude Trilogy, Part 3)
1977, 53:19 min.
Glenn Gould is known to many as a piano virtuoso, particularly famous for his Bach recordings. Gould retired from performing live when he was 31 years old, and for the rest of his life he embraced his love of solitude, including the solitude of the recording studio. In 1967, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation was developing programming for Canada's centennial and asked Gould if he would like to contribute something. Gould created an hour-long radio piece called The Idea of the North. This broadcast became the first part of Gould’s Solitude Trilogy and is where he introduced his distinct style of radio art, using montage and voice counterpoint. Gould called these pieces “contrapuntal radio,” inspired by the competing melodic lines of counterpoint music. While The Idea of the North is the most well known piece of Glenn Gould’s Solitude Trilogy, this radio art archive features a less well known piece, Quiet in the Land, which is the third part of the Solitude Trilogy. This piece doesn't get the same attention and yet is a remarkable portrait of the Mennonite community of Red River, Manitoba. - Described by Wave Farm Radio Artist Fellow 2019/2020, Karen Werner.