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Partita for Glenn Gould: An Inquiry into the Nature of Genius [NOOK Book]

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Glenn Gould (1932–1982) was a giant of twentieth-century classical music, but one whose eccentricities have sometimes obscured the moral seriousness of his approach to art. Countering this common misperception, Partita for Glenn Gould is an eloquent tribute to the artist that illuminates his versatile genius, his thinking, and our reasons for loving his art.

Winner of the 2011 Governor General's Literary Award for Translation

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Partita for Glenn Gould: An Inquiry into the Nature of Genius

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Overview

Glenn Gould (1932–1982) was a giant of twentieth-century classical music, but one whose eccentricities have sometimes obscured the moral seriousness of his approach to art. Countering this common misperception, Partita for Glenn Gould is an eloquent tribute to the artist that illuminates his versatile genius, his thinking, and our reasons for loving his art.

Winner of the 2011 Governor General's Literary Award for Translation

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"In an essay at once learned and personal, comprehensive and concise, Georges Leroux moves freely among the multifarious issues raised by Glenn Gould's life, personality, ideas, and work, offering original, sometimes provocative insights on even the most familiar Gouldian themes. Leroux gives welcome emphasis to the contradictions and paradoxes that made Gould such a fascinating figure, and his meditations on authenticity, genius, solitude, asceticism, and other pertinent topics are nourished by his wide reading in philosophy, literature, and the arts." Kevin Bazzana, author of Glenn Gould: The Performer in the Work and Wondrous Strange: The Life and Art of Glenn Gould

"In the end, Leroux raises as many questions as he seeks to answer - another glorious paradox - but it is undeniably a most stimulating read." Julian Haylock, International Piano

"Leroux's modesty shines through: he reveres Gould, but there is little sense of propriety, of snaring the inevitable elusiveness of genius. In other words, he does not pretend to own Gould by offering the definitive take on his art and philosophy ... Leroux sits back and admires a great creator/interpreter, is moved to create something of his own, and kind enough to let us join him for the intellectual ride." American Review of Canadian Studies

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780773581425
  • Publisher: MQUP
  • Publication date: 10/21/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Georges Leroux is a professor emeritus in the Department of Philosophy at the Université de Québec à Montréal.
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Table of Contents

Preface to the English Edition vii

Acknowledgments ix

Præludium Overture: Partita no. 1 in B flat Major 3

I Toccata Art and a Life's Shape: Partita no. 6 in E Minor 19

II Allemande The Paradoxes of Genius: Partita no. 2 in C Minor 52

III Courante The Hands of Gould, the Body of Glenn: Partita no. 3 in A Minor 90

IV Air and Sarabande To Read, to Write, to Dream: Partita no. 6 in E Minor 119

V Sinfonia The Importance of Being Alone: Partita no. 2 in C Minor 144

VI Scherzo Music and a Life's Shape: Partita no. 3 in A Minor 180

VII Gigue On the Road, at the Lakeshore, in the Forest: Partita no. 6 in E Minor 218

Bibliographical Note 231

Bibliography 235

Index 241

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