Glenn Gould: A Musical Force

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Dundurn, Jan 12, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 168 pages

Glenn Gould (1932-1982) was a prodigy who loathed the word, a brilliant pianist who disliked performing, and a public figure who craved solitude. With his recording of the Goldberg Variations by J.S. Bach, Gould became an international celebrity.

Gould’s unusual interpretations, quirky stage mannerisms, and teasingly contrarian pronouncements fascinated and annoyed audiences and critics. He gave concerts in Canada, the United States, and abroad for several years. To everyone’s disbelief, he quit the concert stage just a few months short of his thirty-second birthday and immersed himself in his true love: the recording studio.

 

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Contents

Controlled Energy
1
A Special Child
5
The Scourge of Lake Simcoe
15
Playing Like an Angel
27
In Love with the Microphone
39
On His Own Snowshoes
49
Becoming Glenn Gould
59
A Famous Concert Pianist
69
Lets Ban Applause
89
Once I Let My Imagination Go
103
One of the GodPeople
113
Elusive Voyager
125
Chronology of Glenn Gould 19321982
129
Acknowledgements
155
Sources Consulted
157
Index
161

That Nuts a Genius
79

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About the author (2009)

Vladimir Konieczny is a freelance writer and a professional saxophone and bassoon player. He first heard Glenn Gould on the CBC during his teens, and he has remained a lifelong fan. The author of the children’s title Struggling for Perfection: The Story of Glenn Gould, he lives on Pender Island, British Columbia.

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