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The Canadian pianist Glenn Gould was a child prodigy and a musical genius whose 1955 recording of Bach's Goldberg Variations catapulted him to world fame. He was also plagued by lifelong depression, was terrified of playing before live audiences, and consumed prescription drugs by the handful. He died at fifty of a massive stroke. In this acclaimed biography, the late psychiatrist Peter Ostwald - himself an accomplished violinist and longtime personal friend of Gould's - raises many questions about Gould and his music. Was his genius sponsored by eccentricity or vice versa? Do those with genius sacrifice themselves for a higher ideal while remaining personally unfulfilled? Ostwald lays bare the energy and contradiction behind Gould's brilliance. Learning more of the man, absorbing Peter Ostwald's picture and analysis, has sharpened my ears and made me more acutely receptive. . . . An] important and illuminating biography.-Oliver Sacks A] superb psychological study . . . a poignant personal memoir.-Time This brisk book is discerning rather than reductive, and guaranteed Freud-free. A.-Entertainment Weekly

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Glenn Gould was a child prodigy and a musical genius. He was also plagued by lifelong depression, terrified of playing before live audiences and consumed pills by the handful. He died of a stroke at 50. In this biography, the author raises many questions about Gould and his music.

Synopsis:

"[Glenn Gould] marks a major advance in our understanding of one of the 20th century's most significant performing artists.... Ostwald is as engrossing a writer as any who has tried his hand at biography."--Ted Libbey,

Synopsis:

In this acclaimed biography, the late Peter Ostwald--himself an accomplished violinist and longtime personal friend of Gould's--raises many questions about Gould and his music, and lays bare the energy and contradiction behind his brilliance. Photos. NPR feature.

Synopsis:

The Canadian pianist Glenn Gould was a child prodigy and a musical genius whose 1955 recording of Bach's "Goldberg Variations" catapulted him to world fame. He was also plagued by lifelong depression, was terrified of playing before live audiences, and consumed prescription drugs by the handful. He died at fifty of a massive stroke. In this acclaimed biography, the late psychiatrist Peter Ostwald — himself an accomplished violinist and longtime personal friend of Gould's — raises many questions about Gould and his music. Was his genius sponsored by eccentricity or vice versa? Do those with genius sacrifice themselves for a higher ideal while remaining personally unfulfilled? Ostwald lays bare the energy and contradiction behind Gould's brilliance. "Learning more of the man, absorbing Peter Ostwald's picture and analysis, has sharpened my ears and made me more acutely receptive.... [An] important and illuminating biography."--Oliver Sacks  "[A] superb psychological study ... a poignant personal memoir."-- "This brisk book is discerning rather than reductive, and guaranteed Freud-free. A."--

About the Author

Peter F. Ostwald published several biographies of performing artists, including Schumann: The Inner Voices of a Musical Genius and Vaslav Nijinski: A Leap into Madness. He died, shortly after completing this book, in 1996.

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ISBN:
9780393318470
Introduction:
Ostwald, Peter F.
Foreword:
Ostwald, Lise DesChamps
Introduction by:
Ostwald, Peter F.
Introduction:
Ostwald, Peter F.
Foreword by:
Ostwald, Lise DesChamps
Foreword:
Ostwald, Lise DesChamps
Author:
Ostwald, Peter
Author:
Ostwald, Peter F.
Author:
Ostwald, Peter F.
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Subject:
Musical Instruments - Piano
Subject:
Pianists
Subject:
Composers & Musicians - Classical Instrumentalists
Subject:
Gould, glenn, 1932-1982
Subject:
Genius and mental illness
Subject:
Psychology
Subject:
Pianists - Canada
Subject:
Composers & Musicians - General
Subject:
Composers & Musicians
Subject:
Biography-Composers and Musicians
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Pbk
Publication Date:
19980931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Illustrations
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
8.2 x 5.5 x 1 in 0.91 lb

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"Synopsis" by , Glenn Gould was a child prodigy and a musical genius. He was also plagued by lifelong depression, terrified of playing before live audiences and consumed pills by the handful. He died of a stroke at 50. In this biography, the author raises many questions about Gould and his music.
"Synopsis" by , "[Glenn Gould] marks a major advance in our understanding of one of the 20th century's most significant performing artists.... Ostwald is as engrossing a writer as any who has tried his hand at biography."--Ted Libbey,
"Synopsis" by , In this acclaimed biography, the late Peter Ostwald--himself an accomplished violinist and longtime personal friend of Gould's--raises many questions about Gould and his music, and lays bare the energy and contradiction behind his brilliance. Photos. NPR feature.
"Synopsis" by , The Canadian pianist Glenn Gould was a child prodigy and a musical genius whose 1955 recording of Bach's "Goldberg Variations" catapulted him to world fame. He was also plagued by lifelong depression, was terrified of playing before live audiences, and consumed prescription drugs by the handful. He died at fifty of a massive stroke. In this acclaimed biography, the late psychiatrist Peter Ostwald — himself an accomplished violinist and longtime personal friend of Gould's — raises many questions about Gould and his music. Was his genius sponsored by eccentricity or vice versa? Do those with genius sacrifice themselves for a higher ideal while remaining personally unfulfilled? Ostwald lays bare the energy and contradiction behind Gould's brilliance. "Learning more of the man, absorbing Peter Ostwald's picture and analysis, has sharpened my ears and made me more acutely receptive.... [An] important and illuminating biography."--Oliver Sacks  "[A] superb psychological study ... a poignant personal memoir."-- "This brisk book is discerning rather than reductive, and guaranteed Freud-free. A."--
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