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Glenn Gould


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Malcolm Lester is a book publisher and book publishing consultant, and has published several books about Glenn Gould. He was until recently managing director of the Glenn Gould Foundation, and is currently the literary adviser to the Glenn Gould Estate. Yo-Yo Ma, the internationally acclaimed cellist, won the Glenn Gould Prize in 1999. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Tim Page is a leading Gould expert and a Pulitzer Prize-winning music critic at the Washington Post. His numerous publications include The Glenn Gould Reader, and he has twice been a juror for the Glenn Gould Prize. He lives in Washington, DC.


Fabulous detail of Gould's life.--Lois Cooper"Muskoka Today" (12/13/2007)
The first photographic treatment of the renowned pianist's life and work, using private family pictures and rare photos from various official archives.--Scott McDonald"Quill and Quire" (08/31/2007)
Captures the great pianist from his childhood through to his early death in 1982.--The National Post (12/01/2007)
Provide[s] a unique perspective into [Gould's] creativity as a pianist, composer and recording artist. ... As the pictorial parade marches on, the result is like watching an old 16mm documentary film unspool, and Gould's fervor, evident in the photos, is amplified in attractive, appealing layouts.-- (07/30/2007)
A beautiful collection of more than 200 photographs illustrating the many faces of Glenn Gould at work, at play, and at rest.... For the many, many Gould fans, this is essential. Highly recommended for public and academic libraries.-- (10/15/2007)
The photos, although charged with the seemingly impossible task, succeed in allowing us to sense the rapture that [Gould's] music brought him.... a must-have for any true fan of Glenn Gould.-- (12/01/2007)
Notwithstanding the many high-quality images of Gould showing him at work and at play over most of his life, and documenting many of the high points of his career, the heart and soul of this book to me lie in the meticulously crafted captions and the artfully placed quotes from Gould and various colleagues and biographers that accompany individual photos or groups of photos. From them we gain significant insights into the pianist's mind, an appreciation for the impact he had on those around him, and a sense of the esteem in which he is still held.... The endless variety of photo sizes and placement, the choice of typefaces and layout, and the generous allotment of margins and empty space, all match from a technical perspective the quality achieved on the visual and intellectual fronts. It is altogether a highly successful undertaking and a fitting and respectful tribute to its subject... I wholeheartedly endorse it as a must-have addition to the collection of Gould fans and libraries everywhere.-- (06/01/2009)

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