And the Winner is… Ardis Gu!

Contest winner at Ocean Park Piano, South Surrey

Congratulations on a job well done!  Ardis Gu ‘s paragraph for the Glenn Gould assignment won her a Menchies gift card.


GLENN HERBERT GOULD

Glenn Gould was born on September 25, 1932. He was a Canadian pianist who became one of the best known and most celebrated classical pianists of the 20th century.  He was also renowned as an interpreter of the keyboard/piano music of Johann Sebastian Bach.  His playing was very distinguished and remarkable.  His technical and professional skills and capacity to articulate the polyphonic texture of Bach’s music was unparalleled.  Gould also played lots of different styles of music besides Bach.  He played some standard Romantic piano repertoire that included Liszt, Schumann, as well as Chopin.  Although his recordings were usually dominated by Bach, he still played lots of other music as well.  Gould’s repertoire was diverse and included works by Beethoven, Mozart, Haydn, Brahms, some pre-Baroque composers such as Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, Orlando Gibbons, and William Byrd and some 20th century composers like Paul Hindemith, Arnold Schoenberg and last of all…Richard Strauss.  From his unorthodox musical interpretations at the keyboard to aspects of his lifestyle as well as personal behaviors, Gould was always fascinating and quite an eccentric.  He stopped giving concerts in his early 30’s because he wanted to concentrate more on studio recordings and other important projects.  Gould was the first or VERY first pianist to record any of Liszt’s piano transcriptions of Beethoven’s symphonies (beginning with the FIFTH symphony in 1967).  Gould was also known as a writer, composer, conductor, and broadcaster.  Sadly he passed away in 1982, on October 4th, at the age of 50 leaving much unfinished work behind.

Ardis Gu