GLENN GOULD’S LUCKY TOOLBOX

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As most devoted Glenn Gould fans know, his chair was an object upon which Glenn placed a great deal of importance. Many people may not know that there was another item that Glenn became very attached to. This was a plain hand-made metal toolbox. It became a fixture at recording sessions for Glenn when working in Toronto. The origin of …

GLENN GOULD AT EATON AUDITORIUM

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If you find yourself in downtown Toronto, make sure to check out an important Glenn Gould historical site! At the junction of Yonge and College Streets on the southwest corner stands College Park which was originally Eaton’s College Street Store which houses the famous Eaton Auditorium concert hall. The Auditorium is tucked away on the 7th floor of the building …

GLENN GOULD’S CHAIR GOES MISSING

Kate Shapero Glenn Gould 4 Comments

For the past several years we have been researching Glenn Gould, and we have conducted over seventy five interviews with those who knew and worked with Glenn. One of my favourite stories involved his beloved Chair! As many of you know, this chair was integral to Glenn’s performing, and when questioned as to what he would do if this chair …

A TOUCH OF ROSALYN TURECK IN GLENN GOULD

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Glenn Gould rose meteorically to worldwide acclaim in 1955 with the recording of his interpretation of JS Bach’s Goldberg Variations. One detail which has not been widely discussed is the undoubtable influence on Glenn of the American pianist, Rosalyn Tureck. She had held the reputation as a ‘Bach Specialist’ since the mid-1930’s. In 1948, a fifteen year old Glenn Gould …

A GLENN GOULD CHRISTMAS STORY

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As the Christmas Season falls upon us, and we sip egg nog and write Christmas cards, it brings to mind a festive holiday story involving Glenn Gould. This story was told to me by a long-time Gould acquaintance, Mary Morrison. Mary, a famous Canadian opera singer and vocal coach, was also married to the famed Canadian composer, Harry Freedman. She …

Glenn Gould Counting Cars

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For those of you who are a bit familiar with Glenn Gould’s personality, you will probably have heard that he loved playing games. A very interesting and noteworthy version of this type of game occurred in the 1960’s in Stratford, Ontario which is located under two hours west of Toronto. Stratford was a largely industrial town surrounded by beautiful farmland. …

Guess who’s coming to dinner?

Kate Shapero Family Connections, Glenn Gould 1 Comment

During the 1950’s and 60’s Glenn Gould would retreat to the family cottage in Uptergrove, Ontario. In the nearby town of Orillia, there was a Chinese Restaurant called The Shangdi-La, otherwise known locally as “The Shang”. It was on the main street of Orillia, called Mississauga Street which leads down to the Lake. Almost every evening Glenn would make the …

A Tale From The Mount Pleasant Cemetery

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The Mount Pleasant Cemetery located in the heart of Toronto, Canada is the location of Glenn Gould’s final resting place. The gravesite is one of the most visited graves in all of Canada. Fans and admirers from all over the globe come to pay their respects to this beloved artist. Everything from plaques, flowers, notes, and objects are left here …

An Unknown Variation on The Goldberg

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Glenn Gould’s 1955 recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations remains one of the best selling classical recordings in the history of music. Within the sphere of this masterpiece there are some fascinating stories. One such story highlights Glenn’s enthusiastic and spontaneous personality. In the 1950’s Glenn was very friendly with a variety of musicians and artists in the city of Toronto. …