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The Gould Variations

Mantere, Juha Markus

The Gould Variations

Technology, Philosophy and Criticism in Glenn Gould's Musical Thought and Practice

Series: Europäische Hochschulschriften / European University Studies / Publications Universitaires Européennes - Volume 266

Year of Publication: 2012

Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2012. 277 pp., 7 fig.
ISBN 978-3-631-62279-7 pb.  (Softcover)
ISBN 978-3-653-01715-1 (eBook)

Weight: 0.370 kg, 0.816 lbs

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Book synopsis

This book focuses on three aspects in Glenn Gould’s (1932-1982) musical thought and practice: Gould’s embrace of music technology, his notions of the ontology of music and musical interpretation, and the place of his thought in Canadian intellectual history. Focusing not only on Gould’s writings on music technology but also on those of Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980) and Jean Le Moyne (1913-1996), this book provides a fresh perspective on Gould’s thinking, which was embedded in and keenly alert to the intellectual world outside music. The book also touches on Gould’s public reception, his national iconicity, in Canadian literature and Hollywood movies. Gould’s stardom is discussed as a phenomenon more commonly associated with contemporary popular culture.


Contents: Glenn Gould – Recording Technology – Criticism – Philosophy – Aesthetics – Reception – Ethics – High Fidelity – Piano Performance – History.

About the author(s)/editor(s)

Juha Markus Mantere is a research fellow at Sibelius Academy, Helsinki (Finland). He is currently working on a scholarly book on the intellectual history of Finnish musicology.


European University Studies. Series 36: Musicology. Vol. 266