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5.0 out of 5 stars On a Grand Scale, 8 Mar. 2010
This review is from: A Romance on Three Legs: Glenn Gould's Obsessive Quest for the Perfect Piano (Paperback)
As a piano tuner/technician of 42 years in the trade and a long time G.Gould fan, I approached this book with some reservation.
As a man with so many facets to his personality, G.Gould so often seems rich pickings for writers looking for an 'angle'.
His 'quirky ways', his singing etc, all these things have become standard fare for writers.
But this book both surprised and entertained me. Perhaps for obvious reasons I was taken with the attention given to the craftsmen who bring the instruments into being then maintain them. Even for non Gould fans and non piano playing readers, there is something very compelling about this book: a short piano history tour, Gould`s at times erratic approach to touch and tone and the long suffering Steinway company, who tried so hard to accommodate what only he could hear in his head.
But always at the centre of the book is the real star; the piano(s)
Gould was first and foremost a supreme musician who happened to find his outlet on this particular instrument: the piano is the supreme instrument which allowed his genius to flourish.
I read this book so quickly that I really did not want it to end.
I am grateful to the author for her clarity and fairness; and also for a thoroughly enlightening read.

She has managed to find a fresh and original take on a great artist.
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