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Re: [F_minor] A new book
Here is the Amazon review:
>From School Library Journal
Grade 4-6âA well-researched and engaging biography. Konieczny makes history come alive by painting a lively picture of arguably Canada's most famous musical genius. The book touches on every aspect of the life of this "gentle rebel," from his emergence as a child prodigy to his relationships with his parents, his eccentricities, and, most importantly, his numerous contributions to the world of music through composing, performing, and recording innovations. Both proficient and emergent readers will appreciate the accessible text and the easy-to-handle one- or two-page chapters. A time line and abundant black-and-white photographs of Gould are included, many provided by his estate. An inspired work that stands above others of the genre.âRobyn Walker, Elgin Court Public School, St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada
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Gr. 3-5. It's refreshing to see a children's biography featuring a classical musician whose likeness doesn't commonly appear on stern-looking plaster busts. This entry in the Stories of Canada series conveys the importance of Toronto-born concert pianist Glenn Gould without shying away from his many peculiarities, such as his habit of humming while performing and his apparent hypochondria. The material is somewhat loosely organized into titled segments ("American Debuts," "The Last Concert"), each rarely longer than a page, that sketch the arc of Gould's life via
anecdotes, quotes, sidebars, and sometimes overly speculative commentary. Best of all are the numerous black-and-white images, at least two per spread. These include dignified publicity photos, caricatures, and images that speak of the pianist's endearingly eccentric personality (one depicts a "collection" of hotel-room keys that Gould absent-mindedly pocketed while on tour). Less worthy of applause is the workmanlike design and the absence of both source notes and an index. Recommended for larger collections. Jennifer Mattson
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Struggling for Perfection: The Story of Glenn Gould"
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Subject: [F_minor] A new book
I came across the following some time ago, I haven't seen a copy myself.
This is the same author of "Struggling for Perfection: The Story of Glenn Gould"
Gazelle Book Services Limited.
White Cross Mills, Hightown, LANCASTER LA1 4XS, United Kingdom.
Telephone: +44(0)1524 68765
Fax: +44(0)1524 63232
: Musical Force
ISBN:1550028197 : 9781550028195
Published:Dundurn Press - December 2008
List Price: 8.99 Pounds Sterling
Subjects:Biography & autobiography: film, TV, music, theatr: Composers &
Glenn Gould (1932-1982) was a prodigy who loathed the word, a
brilliant pianist who disliked performing, and a public figure who
craved solitude. With his recording of the Goldberg Variations by J.S.
Bach, Gould became an international celebrity. Gould's unusual
interpretations, quirky stage mannerisms, and teasingly contrarian
pronouncements fascinated and annoyed audiences and critics. He gave
concerts in Canada, the United States, and abroad for several years. To
everyone's disbelief, he quit the concert stage just a few months short
of his thirty-second birthday and immersed himself in his true love:
the recording studio.
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