Wondrous Strange: The Life and Art of Glenn Gould

Kevin Bazzana

while Mikhail Baryshnikov defected in Toronto in 1974, he admitted that he knew merely 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 deepest papers and interviews with rankings of buddies and associates, lots of them by no means interviewed earlier than, Bazzana sheds new gentle on such themes as Gould's family members historical past, his secretive sexual lifestyles, and the mysterious difficulties that his arms in his later years. the writer areas Gould's specified traits--his eccentric interpretations, his garish onstage demeanor, his resistance to convention--against the backdrop of his non secular, top- middle-class Canadian youth, illuminating the impact of Gould's mom in addition to the lasting effect of the one 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 fairs, his musical and felony issues of Steinway & Sons. In 1964, Gould made the extreme choice to accomplish just for documents, radio, tv, and picture, a turning aspect that the writer examines with extraordinary thoroughness (discussing, for instance, his far-seeing curiosity in new recording technology). right here, too, are Gould's pursuits clear of the piano, from his formidable yet failed attempt to be a composer to his leading edge model of "contrapuntal radio."
Richly illustrated with infrequent photos, Wondrous Strange is a perfectly written account of 1 of the main memorable and comprehensive musicians of our times.

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