- Paperback: 441 pages
- Publisher: Vintage (September 12, 1990)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0679732071
- ISBN-13: 978-0679732075
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1.2 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 14 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,672,271 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Glenn Gould: A Life and Variations Paperback – September 12, 1990
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From Publishers Weekly
An unorthodox, authorized biography of the extraordinary Canadian pianist and eccentric. "This absorbing, adulatory work goes well beyond previous books on Gould and presents more detail and speculation than anyone but a Gould enthusiast would require," judged PW. Photos.
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"This is a fascinating book about a fascinating musician." -- Los Angeles Times
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I received well Glenn Gould Book.
Is glad to be been excited very knowing more his music world.
The reader learns that Gould was born this way - left-handed, perfect pitch, a genius. It is not accidental that scientists now think the gene related to both also increase the odds for neurological disorder. The man was so weird! With his real and imaginary illnesses, unusual clothing, eceentric, critic-hating performing behavior and his tendency to sing (or direct or turn sideways or polish his glasses) during a performace thrown in for good measure.
Like many geniuses he lived inside his head, seeking out companionship by phone or at impromptu times (the hours between midnight and sunup). But then there's the music, the consistencies and the inconsistencies. His public performances are the stuff of legend but as a "gladiator" he was crushed. Gould was as much a techno-nerd as he was pianist, organist, composer or conductor. His forways into television displayed his originality in a new way. His Bach is unapproachable and for all his talk about how much he hated Romanticism, his last years were devoted to that genre. The author manages to capture the lonliness of the man, his wacky problems that he recognized himself. It would have been perfect if the reader could have "clicked" on the musical selection discusses.
It's obvious from this extensively researched material that Glenn Gould's life was not mundane, but highly complex, interesting and full of experimentation. Don't forget, it is Glenn Gould's recordings that are aboard Voyager spacecraft in hopes they will be heard by extraterrestrial beings. True he was known for being an eccentric, however, I prefer to make the case that it was that he was not a follower but an innovator, and was misunderstood by many with whom he did not come in direct contact.
This book is the best researched, compiled, written piece I've read, and is a fitting tribute to the memory of Glenn Gould. The sensitivity of this writing makes me wish I had known Glenn - and could write as well as Otto Friedrich.