By Michael Clarkson
Throughout the thoughts of his girls and confidantes, this biography presents a clean portrait of virtuoso pianist Glenn Gould, detailing his many motivations, goals, quirks, and fears. jam-packed with own tales from the folks who have been in detail concerned with the guy, this account exhibits how Gould, the world’s maximum pianist within the Nineteen Fifties and Sixties, was once richly encouraged via, and bared his soul on the keyboard to, the varied girls who stirred his hard-to-fetch feelings. lengthy thought of to be an asexual, lonely, and selfish determine, this exposé—by reading the main points approximately Gould’s many amorous affairs and the way they affected his existence, tune, and filmmaking—presents a special standpoint on probably the most enigmatic artists of the twentieth century.
"Fans of Gould will welcome this addition to the canon, which, regardless of its restricted, voyeuristic ambition, is either revealing and respectful." —Library Journal
"[Gould’s] many bittersweet sexual affairs, the following meticulously printed and chronicled through Michael Clarkson, make compelling examining. The sensual Mr. Gould's Goldberg diversifications weren't totally approximately Johann Sebastian Bach." — Peter C. Newman, journalist and bestselling writer, right here Be Dragons
"[Clarkson] needs to be given credits for doggedness, readability of writing, and enthusiasm." —Quill & Quire
"Already the topic of greater than a dozen books, Gould is much more exciting due to Clarkson's book." —The nationwide Post
"This e-book includes interesting info you can't simply get wherever else . . . Gould emerges as extra human, and his awesome musical achievements turn into all of the extra remarkable." —Winnipeg loose Press
"Clarkson indicates himself to be a considerate commentator, delivering the occasional salacious element yet making a choice on a decidedly respectful voice whilst recounting Gould's amorous, usually bittersweet liaisons. . . . A clean and engaging examine the human facet of genius." —Scene Magazine
"Clarkson is ready to draw the reader into the soul of the only of the main eccentric, delicate and haunted musical geniuses the realm has ever produced. this can be an amazingly designated and good researched booklet that I couldn't positioned down." —Liona Boyd, CM, LLD
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Gould stumbled on humans distracting. such a lot instances whilst he was once within the corporation of multiple individual, he looked like a guy with excessive strain inside of him, as if he have been going round all day entrusted with a project from on excessive and also you interrupted him at your peril. It was once as though an orchestra used to be enjoying within the mini-auditorium in his head and he needed to take heed to every one be aware and identify easy methods to use it sooner or later. This project was once wrapped round him tighter than the heavy outfits he wore, which additionally saved humans at a distance. dwelling in a single international was once sufficient strain all on its own; Gould lived in . despite the fact that, he didn't constantly glance as if he used to be in musical boot camp — different occasions, he may drop to his knees to play Scrabble with a toddler or spend thirty mins giggling at whatever foolish with Roslak. a part of the explanation they didn't occasion with others was once that Gould desired to continue his lifestyles together with her hush-hush; after the Cornelia affair, which have been a bit extra public, he didn't want the embarrassment of notable out back. For now, Gould and Roslak settled on a retreat the place they can proportion their internal techniques and appreciation of the wild. Manitoulin Island is 350 miles north of Toronto, a wide Ontario island isolating a part of Lake Huron with Georgian Bay, a usual haven of meadows, rocks, 108 freshwater lakes, a one-lane swing bridge and windblown solitude. Ever due to the fact that he used to be a boy, Gould had dreamed of beginning a farm for previous and stray animals at the island. He continually had affection for animals and pets, which he in most cases indexed on his “nourishment chain” larger than humans and simply underneath long-dead German composers. Gould’s father, whose activity as a furrier, as pointed out, triggered stress among his son and him, stated of Gould that “already as a baby, he desired to have a farm for outdated cows and horses and every little thing. [Manitoulin] is a paranormal position, jam-packed with Indian traditions, the place the nice God Manitou is related to have dwelt. a few of my wife’s far-off kinfolk had lived there. ” The north provided its rugged good looks and its reputation of Glenn Gould the way in which he used to be. There have been solitude and spirit alongside the beach besides, till his love with Frances Batchen had ended at the rocks within the Bahamas, and years later, he grew to become his face to the sandy winds on ny with Cornelia Foss. After that courting ended, the sand and the ocean have been long gone from his existence; he didn’t even watch his favourite erotic movie girl within the Dunes anymore, preventing at approximately 100 viewings. yet Manitoulin used to be diverse. “It was once vital to him and he desired to percentage [Manitoulin] with Roxie,” Ray Roberts acknowledged. “He desired to carry all critters, even wolves, and train them to not devour meat. i believe he used to be purely part joking. He additionally sought after me to maneuver there with him. ” As good, it used to be the most important for Gould to break out from his heartaches — the lingering death/resurrection/death of his mom, his loss of life romance with Foss and his deteriorating wellbeing and fitness. Mrs. Gould — the single Mrs.