Extraordinary Canadians Glenn Gould by Mark Kingwell

Extraordinary Canadians Glenn Gould

byMark Kingwell

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Glenn Gould, one of the twentieth century’s most renowned classical musicians, was also known as an eccentric genius—solitary, headstrong, a hypochondriac virtuoso. Abandoning stage performances in 1964, Gould concentrated instead on mastering various media: recordings, radio, television, and print. His sudden death at age fifty stunned the world, but his music and legacy continue to inspire. Philosopher and critic Mark Kingwell regards Gould as an innovative thinker whose ideas about music governed his life. But those ideas were contradictory, mischievous, and deliberately provocative. Just as Gould played twenty-one “takes” to record the opening aria in the famed 1955 Goldberg Variations, Kingwell offers twenty-one takes on Gould’s life. Each version offers a different interpretation of the man, but in each, Kingwell is sensitive to the complex harmonies and dissonances that sounded throughout the life of the great Gould.

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Mark Kingwell is a professor of Philosophy at the University of Toronto at Scarborough. He has published five books.
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Title:Extraordinary Canadians Glenn GouldFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 7.69 × 5.11 × 0.66 inPublished:September 4, 2012Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0143169157

ISBN - 13:9780143169154

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“In an elegant feat of rhetorical and analytical skill, Kingwell uses philosophical and cultural observations to turn the tables on the Gould enigma.” - Toronto Star“A rich, multi-faceted consideration of [Gould].” - Calgary Herald“Kingwell’s biography is not just about Gould and his eccentricities, but about music and its vitality.” - London Free Press“An outstanding contribution to Penguin’s series of studies of “extraordinary Canadians”…. The choice of Canadian superstar-philosopher Mark Kingwell to write this study of Gould is inspired…. [an] enthralling and intriguing book. - Canadian Association of Music Libraries Review