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Glenn Gould

Music & Mind

by (author) Geoffrey Payzant

Formac Publishing Company Limited
Initial publish date
Jan 1986
Composers & Musicians
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    Publish Date
    Jan 1986
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Glenn Gould was Canada's greatest musician. From his home in Toronto, he rose to be a world-famous concert pianist and recording artist of the very top rank.
Gould's eccentric attitudes and behaviours were well known, but the musical world was astonished when, in his mid-20s, he announced that he had permanently retired from the concert hall. Instead, Gould focused on the recording studio, on radio and television, and on exploring his fascination with the relation between audience and performer. Through wide and innovative use of electronic technologies, he was able to reach enormous audiences before his untimely death.
Glenn Gould: Music & Mind focuses not on the details of Gould's life but on his ideas, offering unique insights into this remarkable Canadian and his life's work. Includes bibliographies and discographies of Gould's work.

About the author

GEOFFREY PAYZANT was born in Halifax and studied at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. He taught at Mount Allison University in New Brunswick before joining the faculty of the University of Toronto.

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Editorial Reviews

"Drawn sympathetically, but with clear-eyed detachment."

Globe and Mail

"A carefully researched and fascinating study of Canada's most controversial musical mind."

Toronto Star


Contemporary Keyboard

"Absorbing and provocative..."

Music Canada