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September 22nd, 2018
Beaches Living Guide Fall/Winter 2017/18


1932-1982: Glenn Gould and Music Dominance

Glenn Gould was a Canadian pianist who became one of the best-known and most celebrated classical pianists of the 20th century. Gould grew up in the Beaches on Southwood Drive and attended Malvern Collegiate. Gould musical gifts became apparent in infancy as a child prodigy. He reportedly even hummed instead of crying as a baby. A professional concert pianist at age fifteen, Gould soon gained a national reputation and put Canada on the international stage.

Convinced of the power of audio technology, Gould withdrew from all public performances at age 31 in order to focus on his recordings, which to this day are considered some of the greatest recordings ever made. Even the Voyager space probe carried records of Gould playing Bach into outer space in 1977.

In addition to his musical genius, Gould was a conductor, recording artist, communicator and skilled maker of radio and television documentaries. He died at the early age of 50.

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