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a blog by jan doets

I hate pedantry in music. That is why you see above a picture of Friedrich Gulda, whom I admire still. He was a gifted interpreter of Mozart and Beethoven, among others. He was severely criticised by fellow musicians and critics alike for having played with Joe Zawinul and Chick Correa, even at the Newport Jazz Festival. That stung him so much that he placed his death notice and obituary in the newspapers and went underground. The public was convinced that he was dead. Not he. He wished to die at his own good timing, preferably on the anniversary of Mozart’s death.