In 1955, at the age of 23, pianist Glenn Gould burst onto the world stage with his inspired recording of Bach's Goldberg Variations. His dynamic virtuosity and passionate artistry inspired millions, and he spent the next nine years as a star on the international concert circuit. In 1964 he announced that he was retiring from live performance, and he devoted the rest of his life to recording and documentaries.
Glenn Gould: A Life in Pictures is the first photographic treatment of the life of one of the greatest and most fascinating musicians of our time. This collection of more than 200 images includes a treasure trove of family pictures from the Glenn Gould Estate and rare photos from the CBC archives, Sony Classical and the National Library of Canada.
The foreword by Yo-Yo Ma and the introduction by music critic Tim Page provide an insightful overview of Gould's life and art. Extensive captions by the estate's literary adviser and quotations from Gould himself and other luminaries, such as Leonard Bernstein, Yehudi Menuhin, Leopold Stokowski and Leonard Rose, appear throughout the book. The result is a lively portrait of a creative genius.
Malcolm Lester is a book publisher and book publishing consultant, and has published several books about Glenn Gould. He was until recently managing director of the Glenn Gould Foundation, and is currently the literary adviser to the Glenn Gould Estate.
Yo-Yo Ma, the internationally acclaimed cellist, won the Glenn Gould Prize in 1999. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Tim Page is a leading Gould expert and a Pulitzer Prize-winning music critic at the Washington Post. His numerous publications include The Glenn Gould Reader, and he has twice been a juror for the Glenn Gould Prize. He lives in Washington, DC.
Foreword by Yo-Yo Ma