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by Illus. with photos,Kevin Bazzana

eBook Wondrous Strange: The Life and Art of Glenn Gould ePub
Author: Illus. with photos,Kevin Bazzana
Language: English
ISBN: 0771011016
ISBN13: 978-0771011016
Publisher: McClelland and Stewart; 1st edition (2003)
Pages: 536
Category: Music
Subcategory: Photo
Rating: 4.5
Votes: 193
Formats: txt lrf mobi lit
ePub file: 1350 kb
Fb2 file: 1602 kb

The first major biography of Glenn Gould to stress the critical influence of the Canadian context on his life and artGlenn .

He was, says Kevin Bazzana in this fascinating new full-scale biography, very much a product of his time and place – and his entire life and diverse work reflect his Canadian heritage.

Bazzana removes the mystification, clarifying not only Gould's drive and musical taste, but also what came to be regarded as his eccentricities. I will admit to having an obsession with the life and art of Glenn Gould. I had the privilege to hear him in concert in the early '60's. This superlative biography covers all the important, and many of the trivial, aspects of the Canadian pianist's relatively brief life, drawing a definitive picture of an unusual musician. I have never forgotten that moment.

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Glenn Gould The American Musical Music Art and Politics WONDROUS STRANGE: The Life and Art o. .As Bazzana tells us, Could grew up in a philistine district of a philistine city in a thinly populated philistine country. During his youth there were no more than 10 million Canadians to fill a landmass bigger than all of Europe. In this sense his outlandish behaviour was to be expected yet it should not have drawn attention away from the extraordinary qualities of Gould's pianism.

In Wondrous Strange, Kevin Bazzana vividly recaptures the life of Glenn Gould, one of the most . This is a tremendous book. The moments when Bazzana's utterly secure love for Gould's art shines through are the most extraordinary aspect of a completely worthy biography.

This is a tremendous book. With deep and glistening writing Bazzana evokes every aspect of looking-at-Gould with the same sound character found in Gould's playing - it's an amazing experience!

According to Kevin Bazzana, a notable Gould . Some photos show Gould contentedly sitting on the chair with stuffing exploding from the upholstery. From The Life and Times of Glenn Gould. A frequent late-night destination was Fran’s, a 24-hour diner near his apartment.

According to Kevin Bazzana, a notable Gould biographer who wrote the book Wondrous Strange, he kept his heat set to 80 degrees Fahrenheit and the windows stayed sealed, year-round. When he did go out, he wore a wool coat, a hat, a scarf and gloves, even in summer months. When the cushion finally gave way, Gould continued to use the chair, balancing on a single wooden cross bar. Words: Suzanne Snider.

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When Mikhail Baryshnikov defected in Toronto in 1974, he admitted that he knew only three things about Canada: It had great hockey teams, a lot of wheatfields, and Glenn Gould. In Wondrous Strange, Kevin Bazzana vividly recaptures the life of Glenn Gould, one of the most celebrated pianists of our time. Drawing on twenty years of intensive research, including unrestricted access to Gould's private papers and interviews with scores of friends and colleagues, many of them never interviewed before, Bazzana sheds new light on such topics as Gould's family history, his secretive sexual life, and the mysterious problems that afflicted his hands in his later years. The author places Gould's distinctive traits--his eccentric interpretations, his garish onstage demeanor, his resistance to convention--against the backdrop of his religious, upper middle-class Canadian childhood, illuminating the influence of Gould's mother as well as the lasting impact of the only piano teacher Gould ever had. Bazzana offers a fresh appreciation of Gould's concert career--his high-profile but illness-plagued international tours, his adventurous work for Canadian music festivals, his musical and legal problems with Steinway & Sons. In 1964, Gould made the extraordinary decision to perform only for records, radio, television, and film, a turning point that the author examines with unprecedented thoroughness (discussing, for example, his far-seeing interest in new recording technology). Here, too, are Gould's interests away from the piano, from his ambitious but failed effort to be a composer to his innovative brand of "contrapuntal radio." Richly illustrated with rare photographs, Wondrous Strange is a superbly written account of one of the most memorable and accomplished musicians of our times.
Ungall
I will admit to having an obsession with the life and art of Glenn Gould. I had the privilege to hear him in concert in the early '60's. I have never forgotten that moment.
Over the years I have amassed a collection of GG recordings and listen to them frequently. I also have a comprehensive GG library collection. I bought this book in 2005 and just now got around to reading it. I believe this to be the definitive biography of this remarkable genius. It is extremely well written, detailed, outstandingly researched, fair and informative.
It is clearly the best book about GG of the many I have read.
I highly recommend it to anyone who has enjoyed listening to a Gould recording and is interested in learning more about this unique artist.
Zaryagan
This unstoppably heartrending biography of Canadian pianist Glenn Gould unveils the mysteries of a perfect art more cogently and beautifully than has any other artist's biography I've ever come across. Kevin Bazzana has opened up Gould's eccentricities and placed them where finally they must sleep - merely deep in the natural whole of one of the inescapable musicians of the 20th century. Those lucky enough to know the meaning of the art of Glenn Gould will always be grateful for that achievement.

This is a tremendous book. The moments when Bazzana's utterly secure love for Gould's art shines through are the most extraordinary aspect of a completely worthy biography. With deep and glistening writing Bazzana evokes every aspect of looking-at-Gould with the same sound character found in Gould's playing - it's an amazing experience! This is biographical literature extensive and schooled, and even wise; reading is like gliding on glass, so perfect is the author's determination, and Gould lives on every page. What could be better?

Was ever a pianist's art more wonderful? Gould's playing is always extraordinary by every standard, and beyond. And not only the playing, of course; his mind, his understanding of music, his humor - these form the scaffolding of a remarkable artistic vision. For all his reclusion, his is the most giving human art, reaching to infinity. Art of the gods obtains dimensions the proof of which can be heard in everything he played. It's a consuming art, yet so freeing. The wondrous thing about it is how Gould kept so much of himself even as he spent lavishly on Bach and Byrd and Schoenberg. Music never overtook Gould - that task inevitably fell to Gould himself.

By literature of this kind, the sadness that still lingers around Gould's death seems entirely transformed. This is a great book that ends too quickly and lingers too pervasively. Afford yourself the wealth.
ndup
Excellent bio, very detailed.
Ieslyaenn
Excellent. Of the six biographies on Glenn Gould that I have read, this is the most fair and best-written. Recommended.
Runehammer
This is a very well-balanced, thorough biography of the Canadian pianist/musician/composer Glenn Gould. Very well written, a joy to read (and a lot easier to read then most of the stuff Glenn wrote himself...)

Having read this book I feel I understand more about Glenn Gould the artist and the person.

A first-choice-must-buy for all interested to know more about Glenn Gould.
tref
Learnt so much about GG the man and now understand what it took to have achieved all that he did.
Paster
A comprehensive reflection on a very ordinary man with an extraordinary gift. For him, it was just the way his mind worked. The book delves into tedious musical detail, but so did Gould. I think he would have been a happier man if he could have escaped the public eye, but his ability put him in the forefront and at tbe same time, it cast him out. He was not comfortable being the monkey who could perform tricks. This is a good read.
Excellent account of the life and art of Glenn Gould. Hard to put down. Provides great insight into Gould's interpretations and performances as well as the mysteries surrounding his persona and mannerisms.
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