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A Romance on Three Legs: Glenn Gould's Obsessive Quest for the Perfect Piano Audio Download – Unabridged

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Format: 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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I bought this for my wife, who is a pianist and a fan of Glenn Gould, but dipped into it before giving it to her - and ended up reading it straight through!

It really needs someone who knows more about pianos and music than I do to review this properly, all I can tell you is that, even for a non-pianist/musician it was a fascinating read.

In outline, the book tells the story of Glenn Gould's search for the 'perfect piano'. But, being Glenn Gould (a man for whom the descrpition 'eccentric' only scratches the surface) this search is anything but straightforward. In fact you are left unsure if he ever did find his perfect piano - not because of the way the book is written, or how you read it, but because Gould himself seems to be in (at least) two minds.

As you may have gathered from the above, it's not really a story of pianos (although there is enough detail to keep most piano anoraks salivating), it's more an insight into the mind (and ears) of a musical genius who seems hell bent on proving the old cliché about the thin line between genius and madness.

I can't do this book justice in a review - buy it and read it! You won't be disappointed.
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Format: Hardcover
You love classical music, piano concerts, or Glenn Gould, this one is for you.
Mr. Gould's life and times have been portrayed many times in very good to excellent books, choices abound.
But here the author takes a very interesting perspective, as this is Gould's quest for the one perfect instrument, that he eventually finds, and to tell that story the author introduces many different and delightful people related to Gould and to his pianos.
One great book not to miss !
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