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Book Title: The Glenn Gould Reader|
Date of issue: November 12th 1984
ISBN 13: 9780394540672
The author of the book: Glenn Gould
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 533 KB
Read full description of the books The Glenn Gould Reader:When Glenn Gould died in 1982 at the age of 50, he left behind a legacy of 26 years not only as a remarkable pianist, but as an outstanding music critic. His writing, which appeared primarily in music journals and on record sleeves, was often as provocative as his performances. This book contains essays on composers such as Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Mahler, Schoenberg and Strauss, which challenge virtually every tenet of accepted taste and opinion. Gould inveighs against concert-giving and competitions, and enthuses about recording and its associated technology. He writes on Leopold Stokowski and Barbra Streisand, on Petula Clark and Ernst Krenek, on P.D.Q. Bach in fact and fancy, and even in interview with himself.
Read information about the authorGlenn Herbert Gould was a Canadian pianist who became one of the best-known and most celebrated classical pianists of the 20th century. He was particularly renowned as an interpreter of the keyboard music of Johann Sebastian Bach. His playing was distinguished by remarkable technical proficiency and capacity to articulate the polyphonic texture of Bach's music.
After his adolescence, Gould rejected most of the standard Romantic piano literature including Liszt, Schumann, and Chopin. Although his recordings were dominated by Bach, Gould's repertoire was diverse, including works by Beethoven, Mozart, Haydn, Brahms, pre-Baroque composers such as Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, and such 20th-century composers as Paul Hindemith, Arnold Schoenberg and Richard Strauss. Gould was well known for various eccentricities, from his unorthodox musical interpretations and mannerisms at the keyboard to aspects of his lifestyle and personal behaviour. He stopped giving concerts at the age of 31 to concentrate on studio recording and other projects. Gould was the first pianist to record any of Liszt's piano transcriptions of Beethoven's symphonies (beginning with the Fifth Symphony, in 1967).
Gould was also known as a writer, composer, conductor, and broadcaster. He was a prolific contributor to musical journals, in which he discussed music theory and outlined his musical philosophy. His career as a composer was less distinguished. His output was minimal and many projects were left unfinished. There is evidence that, had he lived beyond 50, he intended to abandon the piano and devote the remainder of his career to conducting and other projects. As a broadcaster, Gould was prolific. His output ranged from television and radio broadcasts of studio performances to musique concrète radio documentaries about life in the Canadian wilderness.
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