The man who killed the delirious party of late Romanticism

Glenn Gould – Webern

[…] Gould' s thoughts on ‘ideal' music were most vividly expressed in a few
lines he wrote about Jan Sibelius in 1974: “at its best, his style
partook of that spare, bleak, motivically stingy counterpoint that
nobody south of the Baltic ever seems to write.”

Spare, bleak, motivically stingy counterpoint. You might describe the
music of Webern or Schoenberg the same way, without meaning to praise
either one of them. But for Gould, stinginess could be an artistic
virtue and bleakness could be liberating, just as the North that Gould
idealized was free of buildings, roads and other people. […]

"Our Man for Bach, but Also Schoenberg," Robert Everett-Green, Toronto Globe and Mail, Sept. 22, 2007