The Secret Life of Glenn Gould: A Genius in Love

By Michael Clarkson

In the course of the stories of his girls and confidantes, this biography offers a clean portrait of virtuoso pianist Glenn Gould, detailing his many motivations, goals, quirks, and fears. choked with own tales from the folk who have been in detail concerned with the guy, this account indicates how Gould, the world’s maximum pianist within the Fifties and Sixties, was once richly encouraged via, and bared his soul on the keyboard to, the various girls who stirred his hard-to-fetch feelings. lengthy thought of to be an asexual, lonely, and selfish determine, this exposé—by studying the main points approximately Gould’s many amorous affairs and the way they affected his lifestyles, tune, and filmmaking—presents a special point of view on probably the most enigmatic artists of the 20 th century.


"Fans of Gould will welcome this addition to the canon, which, regardless of its constrained, voyeuristic ambition, is either revealing and respectful." —Library Journal

"[Gould’s] many bittersweet sexual affairs, right here meticulously printed and chronicled by means of Michael Clarkson, make compelling interpreting. The sensual Mr. Gould's Goldberg adaptations 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 interesting due to Clarkson's book." —The nationwide Post

"This ebook comprises interesting details you can't simply get at any place else . . . Gould emerges as extra human, and his awesome musical achievements develop into all of the extra remarkable." —Winnipeg unfastened Press

"Clarkson indicates himself to be a considerate commentator, supplying the occasional salacious aspect yet identifying a decidedly respectful voice while recounting Gould's amorous, usually bittersweet liaisons. . . . A clean and engaging examine the human aspect 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 area has ever produced. this is often an amazingly specific and good researched ebook that I couldn't positioned down." —Liona Boyd, CM, LLD

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From Switzerland on September five, 1959, at the letterhead of the Palace resort Lucerne, Glenn Gould wrote Gladys Shenner a four-page letter, which learn partly: I am writing now . . . within the desire that my unhappy tale will upload simply the precise contact of bitters for your idyll within the solar and may strength you to think about in spite of the fact that in short these whom existence has visible healthy to serve her as Naturkinder. might be within the quiet shadow of a few seashore hut soothed via the lapping of the surf, you are going to spend a second reflecting on these people who're selected to run opposed to the tide. . . . . . . I arrived in Lucerne final Sunday afternoon through which time my fever was once at the method up and the chilly had arrived in complete strength. however, the live performance on Monday was once an important good fortune — a lot the best Bach D I’ve performed and [Herbert von] Karajan and the Philharmonic have been simply awesome. through Tuesday the chilly had further the worry of sinusitis with which after all i can't fly so i've been canceling and re-scheduling my departure each couple of days. . . . correct after the live performance final Monday, I phoned . . . in simple terms to be informed that you just had already looked at . . . i've been speculating . . . no matter if you're already on Onassis’ yacht replacing “santes” with Sir Winston. i believe really certain that the seductive allurements of the Riviera set are being dealt with expertly and discriminately. it kind of feels Gould was once wanting to hold their courting intact while Shenner left Europe and lower back to Canada simply because Gould mailed her one other (undated) letter on pages on his own letterhead and pages at the citadel Garry letterhead of a Winnipeg, Manitoba lodge. It learn partly: It was once tremendously strong to understand that you simply arrived domestic unchanged from the Riviera and its social weather . . . my season starts subsequent week and so I’m getting depressed as ordinary. My piano I worry is languishing on the docks in big apple. It arrived this week a few days ahead of a longshoreman’s strike started. this might smash it and I’m really helpless to do whatever approximately it. Please do maintain me proficient approximately your plans. I’m certain you wish Israel if you happen to get there. i used to be there in December of final yr and the elements was once nonetheless amazing . . . my roles as actor-commentator develop into extra attention-grabbing. i'm long gone to do a “Close-up” for C. B. C. with the Texas troubadour — Van — most likely filmed in December. i could quickly retire into my new position of the musicians’ Ed Murrow. At concerning the comparable time, whereas staying with a chum in Winnipeg, Shenner used to be stunned to obtain a cellphone name from her favourite pianist — “how he discovered the place i used to be staying, I’ll by no means understand! ” What Shenner didn't inform Gould was once that she had develop into engaged to a physician in Toronto and used to be donning his diamond ring, yet that the connection used to be already at the rocks and lasted in basic terms 3 months. one of many final letters Gould despatched at the stationery from his mom and dad’ domestic was once to Shenner (he refers to his upcoming live performance schedule): October 21, 1959 Dear Gladys: Our letters crossed, as you will see that, and i'm satisfied to grasp that your plans for Israel became extra convinced and are allowing your remain there for a few months.

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