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Glenn Gould: A Life in Pictures [Paperback]

Yo-Yo Ma , Malcolm Lester , Tim Page
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11 Oct 2007
In 1955, at the age of 23, pianist Glenn Gould burst onto the world stage with his inspired recording of Bach's "Goldberg Variations." His dynamic virtuosity and passionate artistry inspired millions, and he spent the next nine years as a star on the international concert circuit. In 1964 he announced that he was retiring from live performance, and he devoted the rest of his life to recording and documentaries. Glenn Gould: A Life in Pictures is the first photographic treatment of the life of one of the greatest and most fascinating musicians of our time. This collection of more than 200 images includes a treasure trove of family pictures from the Glenn Gould Estate and rare photos from the CBC archives, Sony Classical and the National Library of Canada. The foreword by Yo-Yo Ma and the introduction by music critic Tim Page provide an insightful overview of Gould's life and art. Extensive captions by the estate's literary adviser and quotations from Gould himself and other luminaries, such as Leonard Bernstein, Yehudi Menuhin, Leopold Stokowski and Leonard Rose, appear throughout the book. The result is a lively portrait of a creative genius.

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Firefly Books Ltd; Reprint edition (11 Oct 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1554072891
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554072897
  • Product Dimensions: 25.2 x 25.1 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 205,821 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Notwithstanding the many high-quality images of Gould showing him at work and at play over most of his life, and documenting many of the high points of his career, the heart and soul of this book to me lie in the meticulously crafted captions and the artfully placed quotes from Gould and various colleagues and biographers that accompany individual photos or groups of photos. From them we gain significant insights into the pianist's mind, an appreciation for the impact he had on those around him, and a sense of the esteem in which he is still held.... The endless variety of photo sizes and placement, the choice of typefaces and layout, and the generous allotment of margins and empty space, all match from a technical perspective the quality achieved on the visual and intellectual fronts. It is altogether a highly successful undertaking and a fitting and respectful tribute to its subject... I wholeheartedly endorse it as a must-have addition to the collection of Gould fans and libraries everywhere.--S. Timothy Maloney, University of Minnesota"Notes" (06/01/2009)

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Malcolm Lester is a book publisher and book publishing consultant, and has published several books about Glenn Gould. He was until recently managing director of the Glenn Gould Foundation, and is currently the literary adviser to the Glenn Gould Estate. Yo-Yo Ma, the internationally acclaimed cellist, won the Glenn Gould Prize in 1999. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Tim Page is a leading Gould expert and a Pulitzer Prize-winning music critic at the "Washington Post." His numerous publications include "The Glenn Gould Reader," and he has twice been a juror for the Glenn Gould Prize. He lives in Washington, DC.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful ...if you are already an admirer! 26 Dec 2002
The late Canadian pianist, Glenn Gould, was by all accounts and extraordinary man; wonderful and unique musician, wide-ranging intellect, innovative broadcaster and writer, who had a reputation for being a somewhat eccentric loner who was notoriously secretive about his private life and feelings. Following his early death only days after his fiftieth birthday, he has become something of a cult figure even if controversial (there are those who loathe the man and his style of playing, strange as that may seem to admirers; Gould seems to inspire love or hate but not indifference!) . But his recordings continue to sell, sell sell. And of course it is his music that is the important thing. There have been many books and articles written which analyse his life and work in great detail, but ultimately of course these mean nothing if the reader has not experienced the glorious music that this man created. This new book (issued to mark the 70th annicersary of Gould's birth, and the 20th anniversary of his death), does not add to our knowledge or understanding of the man himself, or of his art , but instead it simply celebrates the life of a remarkable man who left us the most wonderful legacy. It is basically an album of photographs which chronicle his short life, from early infancy almost up to the date of his death. It has biographical details but not much about the music, but then , how could mere words do justice to that, or convey its power .... unless the reader is already familiar with it? The photos (all black and white) are marvellous, and to the best of my knowledge many of them have not been published before. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely wonderful!! 4 Jun 2009
By T. D. Koelmeyer - Published on Amazon.com
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A must for all Glenn Gould fans. Superb photography and the perfect encapsulation of his life
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Book about Glenn Gould! 10 Mar 2012
By suezenne fordham - Published on Amazon.com
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I love this book, about my dear friend Glenn Gould! This book is beautifully written wuth carefylly researched information about Gould! I wish it would have been longer! Have reread it several times... it isike revisiting times with Glenn.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book of my Favorite Professional Pianist: Glenn Gould 11 Mar 2010
By Ophthalmologist Pianist - Published on Amazon.com
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Great book, informative, lots of never seen before photos (to me), excellent information of the greatest interpreter of Johann Sebastian Bach of all time! This man, Glenn Gould, was simply the best, and there will never be another Glenn Gould. Ever! A must read for any Glenn Gould fan!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good enough, only the piano Sound. 20 Sep 2013
By Kohtaro Hayashi - Published on Amazon.com
Glenn Gould: A Life in Pictures. 2007.

The Greatness of Glenn Gould is that the thing, "He did completely translate his super-ideal-imagination to his own piano sound".

It is difficult to say that this book gives us some pleasure always. Rather than pleasure, it remains sadness.

If there are some people who can enjoy to listen to only the "Sound" in Gould's piano music, this book will be no more necessary.

But Tim Page's detailed and long introduction makes this book more widely for which has revealed Genius' world.

But again, "Good enough, only the piano Sound". "Beauty is in only Beauty itself".
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a a treasure for those who cannot go to Canada 10 Mar 2014
By Hung,Wan-Chien - Published on Amazon.com
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The book with good quality, large photos, and a lot of secrets about Glenn which is very easy to read for me.
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