g.g.: So you wouldn't vouch for the art-as-technique-pure-and-simple theories of Stravinsky, for instance?
G.G.: Certainly not. That's quite literally the last thing art is.
g.g.: Then what about the art-as-violence-surrogate theory?
G.G.: I don't believe in surrogates; they're simply the playthings of minds resistant to the perfectibility of man. Besides, if you're looking for violence surrogates, genetic engineering is a better bet.
g.g.: How about the art-as-transcendental-experience theory?
G.G.: Of the three you've cited, that's the only one that attracts.
From: Glenn Gould Interviews Glenn Gould about Glenn Gould, High Fidelity, February 1974.