The Secret Life of Glenn Gould: A Genius in Love

The Secret Life of Glenn Gould: A Genius in Love

by Michael Clarkson

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The Secret Life of Glenn Gould: A Genius in Love by Michael Clarkson


Long after his death, Glenn Gould still lures new listeners to his piano, connecting with them on a haunting, personal level. “He feels and you feel,” says young New York writer Nicole Spectre. “I can feel his pain and joy – it touches me. He speaks directly to me.” But when he was known as the world’s greatest pianist in the 1950s and 1960s, just who was Gould playing for? His audience? Himself? His demanding mother? All are likely true, but he was also richly inspired by – and bared his soul at the keyboard to – a secret society of women, the girlfriends who stirred his hard-to-fetch emotions: Franny Batchen, Verna Sandercock, Cornelia Foss, Roxolana Roslak, and Monica Gaylord. Of the eighteen books and nineteen documentaries by or about the most compelling virtuoso of the twentieth century, none have contained details about Gould’s many love affairs and how they affected his life, his music, and his filmmaking. Until now, biographers have tried to explain what came out of the music box, not the engine that drove it. The vault to his private life has remained locked since his untimely death in 1982 because of his obsessions with privacy and controlling his image, the loyalty of his carefully chosen friends and lovers, and the choice that biographers made to focus safely on his music and eccentricities. The Secret Life of Glenn Gould will be the first true exposé of Gould, who until now has been assumed to be asexual, lonely, and egocentric, by examining his love and soul-mate relationships. His music was twelve-tonal and his documentaries “contrapuntal” – both were filled with overlapping voices – and so was his private life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781550229196
Publisher: ECW Press
Publication date: 04/01/2010
Pages: 328
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Michael Clarkson is the author of Intelligent Fear, Pressure Golf, and Quick Fixes for Everyday Fears. He is a former award-winning newspaper reporter, winning 11 national and international awards for his feature articles and investigative stories, including two National Newspaper Awards in Canada and a United States Health Care award. He was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for his story on a rendezvous with reclusive author J. D. Salinger. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.

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