A FAN LETTER

Kate Shapero Glenn Gould 2 Comments

Early in October I received an e-mail from a site member named Patricia who lives in North Yorkshire, England. Patricia found our Website and wrote to us as a result. This message was dated October 4 2017 and was written on the anniversary of Glenn’s death. This message echoed the exact feelings I experienced when I discovered Glenn through music. …

GLENN GOULD IN THE NORTH OF ENGLAND

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In September 0f 2014 my husband, Eric and I were invited to give a talk in Yorkshire, England the following year, to the Women’s Institute. Having been visiting the Yorkshire Dales since the early 1980’s we had come to know and love Wensleydale and to have met some of the people involved with the “WI” in the tiny and delightfully …

GLENN GOULD’S POSTCARD FROM RUSSIA

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In the last few months, Russia has been a major news story. This brings to mind a neat little story about Glenn Gould in Russia. When Glenn was asked to perform in Russia in 1957, he went there and ended up influencing many Russian musicians, and performers. His trip there remains one of the most important events in Glenn’s life. …

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

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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 2 Comments

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 …