Glenn Gould created a perfect mash-up of The Star-Spangled Banner and God Save the Queen – and here it is

21 August 2017, 09:09

Glenn Gould's national anthem mash-up

The legendary pianist had a bit of fun in between takes


By Lizzie Davis

The legendary pianist was messing around in between takes during a recording session – and happily for us, the tape captured this wonderful musical moment

In 1955 Glenn Gould created one of the most famous recordings of all time – of Bach’s Goldberg Variations.

But in between takes, Gould was chatting to his recording engineer and explained that he’d just come up with an idea for a quodlibet – a mash-up or medley of well-known tunes.

Glenn Gould

Picture: Getty

Gould’s mash-up, which he says came to him when he was in the bathtub, brings together The Star-Spangled Banner and God Save the King – and it really works. 

The rare audio will be released as part of an album called 'Glenn Gould: The Goldberg Variations. The complete unreleased recording sessions Jun 1955'. The recording will be available from 1 September on Sony

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