Gould, Glenn Herbert

Gould, Glenn Herbert

▪ Canadian pianist
born Sept. 25, 1932, Toronto, Ont., Can.
died Oct. 4, 1982, Toronto

      Canadian pianist known for his contrapuntal clarity and brilliant, if often unorthodox, performances.

      Gould studied piano from the age of 3, began composing at 5, and entered the Royal Conservatory of Music of Toronto at 10, earning its associate degree in 1946. In 1952 Gould isolated himself and, working only with a tape recorder, developed an individual style of playing with his head horizontal to the keyboard. His debut performances (1955) in New York City and Washington, D.C., earned him critical success and a recording contract, and his recording of J.S. Bach's Goldberg Variations (released 1956) enjoyed an unusual popular success.

      Gould's preferred repertoire consisted of contrapuntal works, particularly those of Bach, late Beethoven, and Arnold Schoenberg, and notably omitted the lush works of 19th-century Romanticism. In 1964 he gave up a successful concert career to work exclusively in the recording studio as performer, editor, and producer of his own recordings.

      The eccentricity of some of Gould's musical interpretations was matched by the disconcerting strangeness of his posture, dress, and behaviour in concert, but the quality of his performances of Bach's keyboard works was probably unrivaled in the 20th century.

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