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The Gould Variations

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

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Juha Markus Mantere

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.

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Picture 1: Untitled caricature of Gould ............................................................. 20 Picture 2: Lawren Harris: Afternoon Sun, North Shore, Lake Superior (1924) .................................................................... 179 Picture 3: Lawren Harris: Isolated Peak (c. 1929) ........................................ 180 Picture 4: William Blair Bruce: The Phantom of the Snow (1888) .............. 180 Picture 5: Frontispiece of Musurgia Universalis ............................................ 201 Picture 6: “The Harmony of the Birth of the World” from Musurgia Universalis .................................................................................... 202 Picture 7: Heidemarie Schäfer: Poesie der Nichtbegegung ............................ 241 Picture 8: Heidemarie Schäfer: Glenn Gould und die Traumtänzerin ........... 242

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