Gould on George Bernard Shaw

You may remember the introduction that George Bernard Shaw supplied to his collected writings as music critic, and in which he describes an early ambition to develop the native resonance of his baritone and grace the stages of the world’s opera houses. He was encouraged in this, apparently, by a lively charlatan, one of those walking fossils of music theory, who already had ensnared Shaw’s mother as student and who proclaimed himself in possession of something called “the Method.” It seems that after several months’ exposure to the Method, Bernard Shaw took to his typewriter and was never able to carry a tune again. — Glenn Gould