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

01:23

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

Classic FM Apps

Get the Classic FM app for iPhone, iPad and Android - now with HD audio

Musical abbreviations quiz asset

You won’t get 20/20 on this quiz if you don’t know your musical abbreviations

musician would you rather

This musician edition of Would You Rather is completely excruciating

greatest best man speech

Everyone is saying this pianist gave the greatest best man speech of all time