Wondrous Strange: The Life and Art of Glenn Gould

By Kevin Bazzana

Whilst Mikhail Baryshnikov defected in Toronto in 1974, he admitted that he knew in simple terms 3 issues approximately Canada: It had nice hockey groups, loads of wheatfields, and Glenn Gould.
In Wondrous Strange, Kevin Bazzana vividly recaptures the lifetime of Glenn Gould, probably the most celebrated pianists of our time. Drawing on 20 years of in depth learn, together with unrestricted entry to Gould's inner most papers and interviews with ratings of pals and associates, lots of them by no means interviewed ahead of, Bazzana sheds new gentle on such themes as Gould's relatives historical past, his secretive sexual lifestyles, and the mysterious difficulties that stricken his arms in his later years. the writer areas Gould's certain traits--his eccentric interpretations, his garish onstage demeanor, his resistance to convention--against the backdrop of his non secular, higher- middle-class Canadian formative years, illuminating the impact of Gould's mom in addition to the lasting influence of the single piano instructor Gould ever had. Bazzana bargains a clean appreciation of Gould's live performance career--his high-profile yet illness-plagued foreign excursions, his adventurous paintings for Canadian song gala's, his musical and felony issues of Steinway & Sons. In 1964, Gould made the intense selection to accomplish just for files, radio, tv, and movie, a turning aspect that the writer examines with unheard of thoroughness (discussing, for instance, his far-seeing curiosity in new recording technology). the following, too, are Gould's pursuits clear of the piano, from his formidable yet failed attempt to be a composer to his cutting edge model of "contrapuntal radio."
Richly illustrated with infrequent pictures, Wondrous Strange is a perfectly written account of 1 of the main memorable and complete musicians of our times.

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Extra major have been classes with the English-born organist and choir conductor Frederick Silvester (1901–66), who grew to become a pal of the kinfolk. Gould all started organ classes in 1942, and made quick growth towards a certified method, incomes firstclass honours, numerous medals, and gleaming adjudications from resident specialists just like the English-born organist, composer, and choir conductor Healey Willan: “He possesses a true organ sense,” Willan famous in 1944. The organ, Gould later stated, gave him a flavor for Bach and different early track, and had a profound impact on his piano variety. It taught him to “think along with his feet,” which resulted in a keenness for bringing out basslines (he was once additionally left-handed, incidentally); it taught him to “think of track as being performed by way of 3 hands–the toes performing because the 3rd hand,” which ended in a keenness for counterpoint strange between pianists; and it taught him to not pound the keys yet to increase a method in line with “the counsel of the fingers,” and to make expressive nuances via mild shifts of pace rather than dynamics, either one of which inspired his fresh, “upright,” sincerely articulated piano taking part in. whilst Gould used to be ten, Florence knew it used to be time for him to discover one other piano instructor, of which there have been many on the conservatory, the place nearly all of scholars have been pianists. After looking the recommendation of Smith, Willan, and the organist, composer, and conductor Sir Ernest MacMillan, the conservatory’s significant from 1926 to 1942, the Goulds put their son, within the fall of 1943, within the type of Alberto Guerrero, with whom he might examine for the subsequent 9 years. Guerrero hardly ever authorized very younger students, yet he well-known that he had whatever specific in Glenn, who grew to become the golden boy of his classification; he thought of Glenn a genius, in reality (though Gould himself may constantly regard that notice “with nice suspicion”). they might have one or classes a week–Guerrero was once continuously beneficiant with lesson time–at Guerrero’s studio in his penthouse at fifty one Grosvenor highway, a couple of blocks from the conservatory. the trainer maintained either a creative and a actual distance from the mainstream of neighborhood musical lifestyles: “Guerrero by no means taught within the Conservatory development, and purely not often seemed there,” the composer John Beckwith, one other former student, recalled. The Gould and Guerrero households turned shut. Gould may attend events at his teacher’s domestic, and the households may see one another at Lake Simcoe, the place Guerrero had a cottage Bert had helped him locate. Alberto Antonio García Guerrero was once born in 1886, in l. a. Serena, Chile, approximately 400 kilometres north of Santiago, right into a filthy rich, cultured, liberal kinfolk that traced its origins again to Catalonia, in northeastern Spain. He used to be a privileged baby who was once bred with the manners of an aristocrat, and he got a large schooling at domestic from tutors. He studied dentistry in brief, earlier than finding out to dedicate his lifestyles to song. His mom was once an finished pianist, as have been his sisters, his brother Daniel (who grew to become a doctor), and his brother Eduardo (who turned a legislation professor, was once well-read in literature, philosophy, and track, and have become a huge critic and lecturer in music).

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