Glenn Gould’s 85th Year

GG and the Art of Fugue

Images from an article I wrote for Glenn Gould magazine (Volume 8, No. 1).

Glenn Gould would have been 85 years old today. The part of me that recognizes this is the same part that wonders what wonders he had left to leave. It’s a selfish thought though.

When the world encounters such a peerless musician we tend to welcome anything he or she continues to offer, though we are wary of the atrophy that often marks the passage of time. But given Gould’s proprietary blend of perfectionism and contradiction, it’s difficult to imagine him managing the paralysis inflicted upon him, had he survived the stroke he suffered at the age of 50. That was nearly 35 years ago.

b-a-c-h© Sony Classics

Still, though, I can’t help wondering…

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