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Glenn Gould: A Life and Variations

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He was a virtuoso of the piano who inspired an almost religious fervor in his fans, yet he hated performing and left the concert stage forever at the age of 31. He was a tireless advocate of the technology of recording, an artist who looked forward to a time when mere musicians would be rendered obsolete. He was a notorious -- and, some thought, a deliberate -- eccentric, ...more
Paperback, 441 pages
Published September 12th 1990 by Vintage (first published April 22nd 1989)
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I was intrigued by two things regarding this book: The subject matter of Glenn Gould, who I think is great and the fact that the author of "City of Nets" wrote the biography. And I think it's a great bio on one of the great music artists of the 20th Century. Eccentric as hell, but what a creative mind and talent.
Glenn Gould was a piano virtuoso who inspired his fans to almost religious fervor. Ironically, he hated the concert stage and left it forever when he was 31 years old. A true eccentric, he was a hypochondriac who lived in solitude and referred to himself as "the last Puritan", but played the piano with a passion that bordered on the erotic. He was extremely intelligent and a thoughtful commentator on music, past and present, as well as an advocate of the technology of recording. Otto Friedrich c ...more
One of my favorite Canadian pianist, who loves music more than his life. Inspiring, yet heart-breaking. Gould is more than just a brilliant pianist, I enjoyed his philosophies on music and life. And obviously, there is more to life than just the piano. To look after yourself is perhaps the greatest challenge for everyone.
If you play Bach on the piano or just like Goulds famous interpretations, read this book! Otto Friedrich portrais this eccentric, bizarre but ingenius man appropriately.

Glenn Gould is a truely inspiring person and he gets even more after you read this book!
A very interesting and sensitive account of Glenn Gould's life. Friedrich covers all the fascinating aspects of Gould, while still demonstrating that he was just a human.
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Otto Friedrich was born in Boston and graduated from Harvard, where his father was a political science professor. He took a while to find his literary stride. His career took him from the copy desk at Stars and Stripes to a top writing job at Time, with stops in between with the United Press in London and Paris and with The Daily News and Newsweek in New York.

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