Remembering Glenn Gould Twenty Interviews With People Who Knew Him
Throughout this page, you will find various interview excerpts conducted by Colin Eatock in preparation for his forthcoming book Remembering Glenn Gould.
Margaret Pacsu: a Kindred Spirit
Broadcaster Margaret Pacsu's parents were Hungarians who arrived in the United States in the 1920s: her father was invited to teach organic chemistry at Princeton University, and her mother was a concert pianist. Margaret was born in Princeton, and following university studies in the USA and France, she began her broadcasting career at WGBH in Boston. In 1970 she moved to Toronto, where she soon found work as an announcer at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. She worked for the CBC for the next twenty-two years.
In the 1970s, in the CBC's Jarvis Street studios, Pacsu met Glenn Gould, who had been provided with a small office next to the one she worked in. The two became friends, and in 1980 their friendship culminated in her contribution to A Glenn Gould Fantasy, which subsequently appeared on The Glenn Gould Silver Jubilee Album (CBS M2X 35914). In this satirical radio play, Gould portrayed himself and also four fictional characters of his own invention: the English conductor and music-critic Sir Nigel Twitt-Thornwaite, the German musicologist Dr. Karlheinz Klopweisser, the New York cabdriver/poet/journalist Theodore Slutz, and a Scottish recording engineer named Duncan Haig-Guinness. Pacsu alternated between playing herself as a radio announcer and portraying the Hungarian Marxist music theorist Márta Hortaványi.
This interview was conducted at Pacsu's home in central Toronto, on August 10, 2011. Here, she shared an anecdote about the time when Gould phoned during a broadcast of her CBC radio show Listen To the Music.