- Taschenbuch: 372 Seiten
- Verlag: W. W. Norton & Company; Auflage: New Ed (17. September 1998)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0393318478
- ISBN-13: 978-0393318470
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 14 x 2,5 x 20,8 cm
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Glenn Gould: The Ecstasy and Tragedy of Genius (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 17. September 1998
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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. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.
Glenn Gould was a child prodigy and a musical genius. He was also plagued by lifelong depression, terrified of playing before live audiences and consumed pills by the handful. He died of a stroke at 50. In this biography, the author raises many questions about Gould and his music. It aims to lay bare the energy and contradiction behind Gould's brilliance.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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.
I think it's okay, if we look at humanity from every angle possible and look at psychological idiosyncracies not as Stigma but as something that needs to be understood and accept it as something that is present in this world. Gould wasn't only an excentric (and Genius), he was a human being with issues of the mind which many other people experience, as well. And this book shows exactly that with warm words.
Anybody who's not interested in psychology (in this case, a psychobiography), shouldn't read this book. There are other books for an all encompassing biography.
Recommended: PENTATONIC SCALES FOR THE JAZZ-ROCK KEYBOARDIST by Jeff Burns.
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