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Wondrous Strange: The Life and Art of Glenn Gould

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The first major biography of Glenn Gould to stress the critical influence of the Canadian context on his life and art

Glenn Gould was not, as has previously been suggested, an isolated and self-taught eccentric who burst out of nowhere onto the international musical scene in the mid-1950s. He was, says Kevin Bazzana in this fascinating new full-scale biography, very much a
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Hardcover, 536 pages
Published October 28th 2003 by McClelland & Stewart (first published 2003)
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David Mcnaughton
"For all his anxieties and neuroses, his personal limitations and failures, Gould coped, he got things done, he led a professional life of astonishing productivity and success and a private life that afforded him more satisfaction than is generally recognized " (p 382)
Keso
Aug 09, 2015 Keso rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I really adore Glenn Gould as a piano player, and is one of my favorites. this book tells a story, about the life and art of him.

Recommended!
Ricky German
Oct 15, 2012 Ricky German rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've always found music biographies to be interesting. I don't necessarily love many modern music biographies except this one. Glenn Gould was a bit of a crazy, but his love of music can be heard in his dear interpretations of the classics. I found it interesting to read about how he would change whole passages claiming that this is what the composer would have intended. There is something magical about listening to his interpretations. They certainly aren't stale.
Josh Brown
I definitely found this book interesting as a biography. I think though I was expecting more the musical equivalent of a literary biography. The recordings and considerations of the music from a musical standpoint were frustratingly brief, but the telling of the story of Gould's life was definitely engaging.
Jay Storey
Nov 20, 2012 Jay Storey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fascinating, beautifully written biography on one of Canada's greatest musical geniuses. Gould was definitely one of a kind. The book captures his idiosyncrasies, failures and triumphs, and shows us the man behind the brilliant performances.
Sheila King
Dec 07, 2013 Sheila King is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Glenn Gould was a favorite of my father's~I, too, have enjoyed his works and am interested in reading about his life, learning about him as a person
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Aug 12, 2009 Rhawkes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Mr. Gould was wired differently that's for sure.



Jon
Mar 31, 2008 Jon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Glenn Gould in all his fascinating and infuriating glory.
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Jan 08, 2009 Gordon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty darned engrossing for a biography.
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