By Michael Clarkson
In the course of the thoughts of his ladies and confidantes, this biography offers a clean portrait of virtuoso pianist Glenn Gould, detailing his many motivations, goals, quirks, and fears. full of own tales from the folks who have been in detail concerned with the guy, this account indicates how Gould, the world’s maximum pianist within the Nineteen Fifties and Sixties, used to be richly encouraged via, and bared his soul on the keyboard to, the varied ladies who stirred his hard-to-fetch feelings. lengthy thought of to be an asexual, lonely, and selfish determine, this exposé—by analyzing the main points approximately Gould’s many amorous affairs and the way they affected his lifestyles, tune, and filmmaking—presents a different viewpoint on essentially the most enigmatic artists of the 20 th 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, right here meticulously printed and chronicled via Michael Clarkson, make compelling examining. The sensual Mr. Gould's Goldberg adaptations weren't completely approximately Johann Sebastian Bach." — Peter C. Newman, journalist and bestselling writer, right here Be Dragons
"[Clarkson] has 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 interesting because of 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 notable musical achievements develop into all of the extra remarkable." —Winnipeg loose Press
"Clarkson indicates himself to be a considerate commentator, supplying the occasional salacious element yet settling on a decidedly respectful voice while recounting Gould's amorous, usually bittersweet liaisons. . . . A clean and engaging examine the human part of genius." —Scene Magazine
"Clarkson is ready to draw the reader into the soul of the single of the main eccentric, delicate and haunted musical geniuses the area has ever produced. this is often an amazingly particular and good researched ebook that I couldn't positioned down." —Liona Boyd, CM, LLD
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They have been chilly as ice! ” she stated. occasionally, whereas they have been engaged on radio scripts, Gould invited Lightbourn to his St. Clair condo. “It was once this type of darkish and dreary position. The partitions and the lounge have been virtually dead night blue. ” As pointed out prior, Gould had develop into notorious for now not short of humans he knew within the viewers, yet he expressed a few unhappiness that Lightbourn had no longer joined him behind the scenes following a live performance in Stratford. “He evidently observed me within the viewers simply because, later, he acknowledged, ‘Why didn’t you come back behind the curtain? ’” yet their courting didn't expand past a qualified one within the years she knew him, probably simply because she had a boyfriend on the time. “[Gould] wasn’t this sort of individual i'd divulge heart's contents to, and that i imagine I wasn’t the individual he would wish to confide in,” Lightbourn acknowledged. “If I had had a mystery love affair with somebody on the time, i'd have by no means informed him approximately it. i'd were anxious he wouldn’t continue it to himself. ” And but Lightbourn was once enthusiastic about how Gould handled his feelings, or didn't. “When my mom died unexpectedly, he requested me much approximately her loss of life, how I reacted to it and the way my father reacted to it. i assumed that perhaps Glenn didn’t event an analogous feelings as people did, that he needed to depend upon what other folks instructed him approximately feelings. i discovered his response very fascinating. ” Another younger girl Gould spent loads of time with within the Nineteen Fifties and Nineteen Sixties used to be live performance pianist Anahid Alexanian, who lived in St. Catharines, Ontario. Like Gould, she used to be a baby prodigy, or at the very least a juvenile prodigy. They have been either scholars of Alberto Guerrero, a decade aside, and so they had mom and dad who had funds to maintain them in tune. a few info in their courting usually are not identified, yet they most probably met during the Royal Conservatory in Toronto. Alexanian used to be born in Canada to oldsters who have been survivors of the Armenian bloodbath within the First international warfare. Alexanian’s mom was once from a skilled family members of musicians and writers. whereas Anahid Alexanian’s mom and dad have been Christian evangelicals, Anahid used to be a puritan like Gould. at some point soon within the overdue Nineteen Fifties, Gould tutored her, taking her below his wing musically as he had performed with Frances Batchen and Cynthia Millman, yet with out a lot fanfare or exposure. “I didn’t see Glenn as a teacher,” Sandercock stated. “I couldn’t photograph him having the endurance to be a instructor. ” Alexanian constructed features recognized to either Gould and Guerrero. “She held [Gould] up as her example,” stated her sister Armine, a cellist. Nevi Palvetsian, who studied piano with Anahid, additional, “She was once an identical ilk as Gould, they have been much alike. They have been pointed out to not be worldly. She had that fey caliber that Glenn had. ” The Gould and Alexanian households grew to become a bit shut and Anahid and Armine visited Glenn’s cottage on Lake Simcoe. “His mom and dad had a difficult time realizing why he was once eccentric,” Armine acknowledged. Anahid used to be lovely, yet now not beautiful, and had a brilliant brain, flashing black eyes and excessive focus for the issues she enjoyed.