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Glenn Gould: The Ecstasy and Tragedy of Genius (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – September 1997


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  • Gebundene Ausgabe: 368 Seiten
  • Verlag: WW Norton & Co; Auflage: First Edition (September 1997)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0393040771
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393040777
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 16,3 x 3,2 x 23,9 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 3.3 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (12 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 726.323 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
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Peter Ostwald, who died shortly after completing this sensitive analysis of the legendary Canadian pianist Glenn Gould (1932-82), is one of those rare biographers equally qualified to assess his subject's artistry and psychology. Founder of the Health Program for Performing Artists, the psychiatrist-author was also Gould's friend for 20 years. Lucid prose captures Gould's formidable, unconventional virtuosity and unmasks a deeply troubled man who was uncomfortable with audiences, fearful of human contact, and able to maintain relationships only when he was in complete control. The eccentricities and the genius, as Ostwald persuasively demonstrates, were inextricably intertwined.

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This portrait aims to capture the genius and the tormented life of Glenn Gould.

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This book is valuable for many new anecdotes about Gould when he was out of the spotlight. For example there is a description of a night of chamber music playing at a friend of the author's house that displays both Gould's strengths as a musician and his limitations as a social being. For those tired of the endlessly repeated tales about wearing gloves in the summer and eating arrowroot biscuits, this is a refreshing book. I won't comment on the psychobiographical aspects of the book because I don't know anything about psychology, but at the very least, Ostwald was an intelligent man who had experience with psychiatry, music, and Gould, so I think there is some value in what he says. Also, unlike some of the other books about relationships that authors have had with pianists (read: Evenings with Horowitz by David Dubal) Ostwald keeps himself in the background for much of the book. I disagree that Ostwald used the book to get back at Gould. It is admittedly a book based on personal experience, and one of his experiences with Gould was that he was ultimately rejected. Why shouldn't he write about being hurt by this experience? At least he didn't try to cast himself as the most important thing in Gould's life, a la Dubal, and recognizes that any relationship with Gould was tenuous, something that he explores in the book.
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As a musician, author and psychobiographer, Dr. Ostwald attempted to describe the genius, phobias and mind of Glenn Gould. Due to the doctor's illness as he was writing this book, he must have succumed to the fatigue and hoplessness of his pending death.
He began with his meeting with Glenn Gould in San Francisco, but the last few chapters seemed almost insulting to Glenn; as though the doctor was personally hurt by Mr. Gould and his manner. The remaining chapters are a copy of a previous Gould biography by Otto Friedrich.
A possible explaination is that during the last year of Glenn Gould's life he became distant to Dr. Ostwald. It's a shame the book reflects some bitterness toward Glenn on the part of Dr. Ostwald.
It is explained by all who knew Glenn Gould that he was a difficult study due to his private and stubborn nature. It would have been productive to have explored Glenn's mother's influence deeper.
Alas, they are all dead now and we'll never have the full story of the genius of both Glenn and Dr. Ostwald.
In summary, the book held much more promise than it delivered. The Friedrich biography of Glenn Gould is more interesting and valuable.
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Von Ein Kunde am 6. Juni 1999
Format: Taschenbuch
This book makes you wonder about the profession of psychology. For example: Glenn Gould calls some of his radio pieces, collages of recorded interviews and conversations, polyphonic. The author alleges that this is evidence Gould is pathologically "out of touch with reality" because "polyphonic" is a musical term, and music requires pitches. Obviously, Gould is using the term "polyphonic" figuratively, but whether or not the term is appropriate should be considered a matter of opinion, not psychological diagnosis. Buy "The Glenn Gould Reader" instead. Let Glenn Gould speak for himself.
Recommended: PENTATONIC SCALES FOR THE JAZZ-ROCK KEYBOARDIST by Jeff Burns.
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Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
...BUT with Glenn Gould as the subject, it can't possibly be all *that* bad. I think Ostwald is disgruntled at having been "dumped" by Gould as a friend, and it shows in this rather nasty account of an astonishingly wonderful person. I feel that this book delves into GG's person too far for comfort and reasonability, to the point of offensiveness. I think Ostwald created an unfair, inaccurate account of Gould's character in order to make excuses for why Gould stopped calling him. Otto Friedrich and Tim Page, in their respective Gould biographies, give a far better picture of both GG *and* his music--and that is what we should care about far more than the personal details Ostwald deals with!
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Von Sen Peng Eu am 24. November 1999
Format: Taschenbuch
We are interested in Gould not because of his eerie behavior or his being a paranoid. We are JUST fascinated by his wonderful music. This book gives us some perspective of the psychic state and health of Gould, but it stress too much on them ,regardless the really good music Gould had move us, and it tells too little about how Gould make music, what's the connection between music and Gould, and what the meaning of life to Gould? After reading the book, I get the impression that Gould is but a tragic freak. But I ask myself, where does the music come from? The book tells us nothing. It does help me know Gould the guy, but doesn't help me penetrate into Gould the musician.
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Von Robin Elliott am 12. Oktober 1997
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
I enjoyed Ostwald's book on Schumann so much that I was really looking forward to this book. Unfortunately, it is something of a disappointment. There is little ecstasy or tragedy in his treatment of Gould. About the only new angle he applied was getting in touch with every doctor that ever treated Gould (and there were a lot of them) to give a more detailed account of his medical and psychiatric history than was available before. Otherwise, he largely rehashes previous ideas and writings about Gould (especially the Otto Friedrich biography). A pity that it did not live up to the standard set by his Schumann biography.
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