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Gould's playing was distinguished by a remarkable technical proficiency and a capacity to articulate the contrapuntal texture of Bach's music. Gould rejected most of the standard Romantic piano literature by ChopinLisztand others, in favor of Baroquelate-Romantic, and modernist composers. Gould was known for his eccentricities, from his unorthodox musical interpretations and mannerisms at the keyboard to aspects of his lifestyle and behaviour.
He stopped giving concerts at the Mind Killer - Sacridose - Anxiety Tremors of 31 to concentrate on studio recording and other Anglia (Original Mix) - Out Of Grace - Anglia (The Remixes). Gould was also a writer, broadcaster, and conductor.
He was a prolific contributor to musical journals, in which he discussed music theory and outlined his musical philosophy. Gould's interest in music and his talent as a pianist were evident very early. Both his parents were musical, and his mother, especially, encouraged the infant Gould's early musical development.
His mother, hoping for him to become a successful musician, had exposed him to music during her pregnancy. As a baby, he reportedly hummed instead of crying and wiggled his fingers as if playing chords, leading his doctor to predict that he would "be either a physician or a pianist".
When presented with a piano, the young Gould was reported to strike single notes and listen to their long decaya practice his father Bert noted was different from typical children. He would play his own little pieces for family, friends, and sometimes large gatherings—including, ina performance at Glenn Gould - Beethoven Variations Emmanuel Presbyterian Church a few blocks from the Gould family home of one of his own compositions. At the age of six, he was taken for the first time to hear a live musical performance by a celebrated soloist.
This profoundly Glenn Gould - Beethoven Variations him. He later described the experience:. It was Hofmann. It was, I think, his last performance in Toronto, and it was a staggering impression. The only thing I can really remember is that, when I was being brought home in a car, I was in that wonderful state of half-awakeness in which you hear all sorts of incredible sounds going through your mind. They were all orchestral sounds, but I was playing them all, and suddenly I was Hofmann. I was enchanted.
He studied music theory with Leo Smiththe organ with Frederick C. Silvesterand piano with Alberto Guerrero. Gould's mother would urge the young Gould to sit up straight at the keyboard. Gould developed a technique that enabled him to choose a very fast tempo while retaining the "separateness" and clarity of each note.
Gould showed considerable technical skill in performing and recording a wide repertoire including virtuosic and romantic works, such as his own arrangement of Ravel 's La valseand Liszt 's transcriptions of Beethoven's Fifth and Sixth Symphonies.
Gould worked from a young age with Guerrero on a technique known as finger-tapping : a method of training the fingers to act more independently from the arm. Gould passed his final Conservatory examination in piano at the age of 12, achieving the highest marks of any candidate, and thus attaining professional standing as a pianist at that age.
Gould was a child prodigy  and was described in adulthood as a musical phenomenon. His manual practicing focused on articulation, rather than facility. He may have spoken ironically about his practicing as there is evidence that, on occasion, he did practice quite hard, sometimes using his own drills and techniques. He stated that he did Glenn Gould - Beethoven Variations understand the requirement of other pianists to continuously reinforce their relationship with the instrument by practicing many hours a day.
The piano, Gould said, "is not an instrument for which I have any great love as such It tends to have a mechanism which is rather like an automobile without power steering: you are in control and not it; it doesn't drive you, you drive it. This is the secret of doing Bach on the piano at all. You must have that immediacy of response, that control over fine definitions of things. As a teenager, Gould was significantly influenced by Artur Schnabel[fn 10] Rosalyn Tureck 's recordings of Bach which he called "upright, with a sense of repose and positiveness"and the conductor Leopold Stokowski.
Listeners regarded his interpretations as ranging from brilliantly creative to outrightly eccentric. Gould believed the piano to be "a contrapuntal instrument," and his whole approach to music was, in fact, centered in Glenn Gould - Beethoven Variations baroque. Much of the homophony that followed he felt belongs to a less serious and less spiritual Glenn Gould - Beethoven Variations of art. Gould had a pronounced aversion to what he termed "hedonistic" approaches to piano repertoire, performance, and music generally.
For Gould, "hedonism" in this sense denoted a superficial theatricality, something to which he felt Mozartfor example, became increasingly susceptible later in his career.
The institution of the public concert, he felt, degenerated into the "blood sport" with which he struggled, and which he ultimately rejected. On 5 Juneat the age of five, Gould played in public for the first time, joining his family on stage to play piano at a church service at the Business Men's Bible Class in Uxbridge, Ontario, in front of a congregation of about two thousand. Gould was convinced that the institution of the public concert was not only an anachronismbut also a "force of evil", leading to his retirement from Glenn Gould - Beethoven Variations performance.
He argued that public performance devolved into a sort of competition, with a non-empathetic audience musically and otherwise mostly attendant to the possibility of the performer erring or not meeting critical expectation. For a pianist such as Van Cliburnconcerts would have amounted to about two years' touring.
One of Gould's reasons for abandoning live performance was his aesthetic preference for the recording studio, where, in his words, he developed a "love affair with the microphone". He felt that he could realize a musical score more fully this way. Thus, the act of musical composition, to Gould, did not entirely end with the original score. The performer had to make creative choices. Gould felt strongly that there was little point in re-recording centuries-old pieces if the performer had no new perspective to bring to the work.
For the rest of his life, Gould eschewed live performance, focusing instead on recording, writing, I Just Want To See His Face - The Rolling Stones - Exile On Main St broadcasting.
Gould was widely known for his unusual habits. He often hummed or sang while he played, and his audio engineers were not always successful in excluding his voice from recordings.
Gould claimed that his singing was unconscious and increased in proportion to his inability to produce his intended interpretation from a given piano. It is likely that this habit Glenn Gould - Beethoven Variations in his having been taught by his mother to "sing everything that he played", as his biographer Kevin Bazzana puts it.
This became "an unbreakable and notorious habit". For example, a reviewer of his re-recording of the Goldberg Variations opined that many listeners would "find the groans and croons intolerable". The temperature of the recording studio had to be precisely regulated. He invariably insisted that it had to be extremely warm.
According to another of Gould's biographers, Otto Friedrichthe air-conditioning engineer had to work just as hard as the recording engineers. The piano had to be set at a certain height and would be raised on wooden blocks if necessary. He continued to use this chair even when the seat was completely worn through. Conductors had mixed responses to Gould and his playing habits. George Szellwho led Gould in with the Cleveland Orchestraremarked to his assistant, "That nut's a genius.
The speech was interpreted by Harold C. Schonbergmusic critic for The New York Timesas an abdication of responsibility and an attack on Gould. The live radio broadcast was subsequently released Glenn Gould - Beethoven Variations CD, Bernstein's disclaimer included. Gould was averse to the cold, and wore heavy clothing including gloveseven in warm places. He was once arrested, having possibly been mistaken for a vagrant, while sitting on a park bench in Sarasota, Florida, dressed in his standard all-climate attire of coats, hat and mittens.
He hated being touched, and in later life limited personal contact, relying on the telephone and letters for communication. On a visit to Steinway Hall in New York City inGould was greeted by the chief piano technician at the time, William Hupfer, with a slap on the back.
Gould was shocked by this, and complained of aching, lack of coordination, and fatigue because of the incident. Gould is here In his liner notes and broadcasts, Gould created more than two dozen alter egos for satirical, humorous, and didactic purposes, permitting him to write hostile reviews or incomprehensible commentaries on his own Glenn Gould - Beethoven Variations .
Fran's Restaurant in Toronto was a regular haunt of Gould's. A CBC profile noted, "sometime between two and three every morning, Gould would go to Fran's, a hour diner a block away from his Toronto apartment, sit in the same booth, and order the same meal of scrambled eggs.
Gould lived a private life. The documentary filmmaker Bruno Monsaingeon said of him, "No supreme pianist has ever given of his heart and mind so overwhelmingly while showing himself so sparingly.
Bazzana writes that "it I Made You A Card - Karen Meat & The Computer - On the Couch tempting to assume that Gould was asexual, an image that certainly fits his aesthetic and the persona he sought to convey, and one can read the whole Gould literature and be convinced that he died a virgin"—but he also mentions that evidence points to "a number of relationships with women that may or may not have been platonic and ultimately became complicated and were ended".
One piece of evidence arrived in After several years, Gould and she became lovers. She purchased a house near Gould's St. Clair Avenue West apartment. InFoss confirmed that she and Gould had had a love affair lasting several years. According to Foss, "There were a lot of misconceptions about She Even Woke Me Up To Say Goodbye - Kenny Rogers & The First Edition - The Ultimate Collection, and it was partly because he was so very private.
But I assure you, he was an extremely heterosexual man. Our relationship was, among other things, quite sexual. As early as two weeks after leaving her husband, Foss noticed disturbing signs in Gould, alluding to unusual behaviour that Think 4 Yourself - White Flag - Thru The Trash Darkly 1982/1992 more than "just neurotic".
Though he was an admitted hypochondriac,  [fn 13] Gould suffered many pains and ailments; his autopsy, however, revealed few underlying problems in areas that often troubled him.
Gould rarely shook Glenn Gould - Beethoven Variations hands, and habitually wore gloves. Bazzana has speculated that Gould's increasing use of a variety of prescription medicines over his career may have had a deleterious effect on his health.
It Seek & Destroy - Metallica - Music Collection reached the stage, Bazzana writes, that "he was taking pills to counteract the side effects of other pills, creating a cycle of dependency".
Whether Gould's behaviour fell within the autism spectrum has been the subject of debate. On 27 Septembertwo days after his 50th birthday, after experiencing a severe headache, Gould suffered a stroke that paralyzed the left side of his body.
He was admitted to Toronto General Hospitaland his condition rapidly deteriorated. By 4 October, there was evidence of brain damage, and Gould's father decided that his son should be taken off life support. The service was attended by over 3, people, and was broadcast on the CBC. He is buried next to his parents in Toronto's Mount Pleasant Cemetery section 38, rowplot