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Glenn Gould: Music and Mind

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Glenn Gould was one of the most innovative and prophetic musical thinkers of the twentieth century. Few musicians of his time have had as much influence on the way people think about the art of music, its purpose, its effects, its practitioners, its audiences.Glenn Gould, Music and Mind was the first, and for many years the only, study of Gould's work. It is about Gould as ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published 1992 by Key Porter (first published January 1st 1978)
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Evan
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A personal favorite, and an absolute classic of its kind, though, as an example of musical essay-biographical-philosophical-dialectical treatise there simply aren't many of its kind. Glenn Gould: Music and Mind attempts to dissect and identify its artist not by conventional external biographical events but by a fundamental, scrupulous, detailed and very deep analysis of its subject's art.

In doing so, it becomes more than an analysis of Gould--the unconventional Canadian p
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Adam
Dec 17, 2008 Adam rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Musicians
Shelves: music, biographies
I bought this book on a whim, and I am quite glad that I did. This is not a biography in the typical sense. This is a study of Gould as an artist, a book full of all the details that the performer must think about. This book provides several astonishing insights about Glenn Gould the performer, and leaves all of the details about his unorthodox lifestyle behind.
Payzant does spend one, very short, chapter at the opening of the book to describe the life of the man, his childhood and his accomplis
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Nathanial
Jul 11, 2008 Nathanial marked it as to-read
Edward Said says (in "Music At the Limits") that this is the only book that does justice to Gould's virtuosity as both a performer and an intellectual, both someone who could play, from memory, from the whole history of Western music from the Renaissance to the present, and then turn to the camera and explain to amateurs what the music implies, presumes, and requires.
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Feb 25, 2014 Robertmcnair rated it it was amazing
One of the great books on a great pianist!
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