Our Greatest Canadian Export

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Glenn Gould

Glenn playing with orchestra, sitting on the chair his father built for him. And singing along.

He is, arguably, the most famous Canadian musician in the world. He astounded Russian audiences when he performed there. At first, the concert hall was almost empty, but by intermission, musicians and the public had found out, and filled the concert hall – standing room only, with many others outside.

BMV988 Goldberg Variations (J.S. Bach) – this is the original recording from 1955.

This is a long one – Part 1 of a documentary on Glenn Gould – they erroneously call him an American Master. We’re kind of used to Americans claiming our national cultural treasures, usually comedians.

A few recommended books we have read or are currently reading (or re-reading) on Glenn Gould’s life:

Conversations with Glenn Gould by Jonathan Cott, and A Romance on Three Legs by Katie Hafner

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