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The Secret Life of GLENN GOULD, A Genius in Love, by Michael Clarkson (2010)

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Glenn Gould’s life

Long after his death, Glenn Gould still lures new listeners to his piano, connecting with them on a haunting, personal level. “He feels and you feel,” says young New York writer Nicole Spectre. “I can feel his pain and joy – it touches me. He speaks directly to me.” But when he was known as the world’s greatest pianist in the 1950s and 1960s, just who was Gould playing for? His audience? Himself? His demanding mother?

All are likely true, but he was also richly inspired by – and bared his soul at the keyboard to – a secret society of women, the girlfriends who stirred his hard-to-fetch emotions: Franny Batchen, Verna Sandercock, Cornelia Foss, Roxolana Roslak, and Monica Gaylord. Of the eighteen books and nineteen documentaries by or about the most compelling virtuoso of the twentieth century, none have contained details about Gould’s many love affairs and how they affected his life, his music, and his filmmaking.

Until now, biographers have tried to explain what came out of the music box, not the engine that drove it. The vault to his private life has remained locked since his untimely death in 1982 because of his obsessions with privacy and controlling his image, the loyalty of his carefully chosen friends and lovers, and the choice that biographers made to focus safely on his music and eccentricities.

The Secret Life of Glenn Gould will be the first true exposé of Gould, who until now has been assumed to be asexual, lonely, and egocentric, by examining his love and soul-mate relationships. His music was twelve-tonal and his documentaries “contrapuntal” – both were filled with overlapping voices – and so was his private life.

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This book is very well written, accurate in its information, narrated in a lively style, and ending with an interesting epilogue, where the author briefly describes how the women who had relationships with Gould retook their lives after their trysts with the famous pianist ended.

More about the author

Michael Clarkson is an award-winning investigative and public-service journalist and the author of seven other nonfiction books. He is considered an authority on fear and stress, and he speaks professionally on those topics. He has appeared on many television shows as well as in the Harvey Weinstein documentary Salinger, for his rendezvous with the reclusive author. In the 1970s and ’80s, he was a river man of some repute. Michael and his wife have two sons and two granddaughters and now live in Canada.

Reviews:

“Fans of Gould will welcome this addition to the canon, which, despite its limited, voyeuristic ambition, is both revealing and respectful.”  —Library Journal

“[Gould’s] many bittersweet sexual affairs, here meticulously revealed and chronicled by Michael Clarkson, make compelling reading. The sensual Mr. Gould’s Goldberg variations weren’t entirely about Johann Sebastian Bach.”  — Peter C. Newman, journalist and bestselling author, Here Be Dragons

“[Clarkson] must be given credit for doggedness, clarity of writing, and enthusiasm.”  —Quill & Quire

“Already the subject of more than a dozen books, Gould is even more intriguing as a result of Clarkson’s book.”  —The National Post

“This book contains fascinating information you cannot easily get anywhere else . . . Gould emerges as more human, and his extraordinary musical achievements become all the more remarkable.”  —Winnipeg Free Press

“Clarkson shows himself to be a thoughtful commentator, offering the occasional salacious detail but opting for a decidedly respectful voice when recounting Gould’s amorous, often bittersweet liaisons. . . . A fresh and fascinating look at the human side of genius.”  —Scene Magazine

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“Clarkson is able to draw the reader into the soul of the one of the most eccentric, sensitive and haunted musical geniuses the world has ever produced. This is an amazingly detailed and well researched book that I couldn’t put down.”  —Liona Boyd, CM, LLD

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Bach: The Goldberg Variations is the 1955 debut album of Canadian classical pianist Glenn Gould. An interpretation of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Goldberg Variations (BWV 988), the work launched Gould’s career as a renowned international pianist, and became one of the most well-known piano recordings. Sales were “astonishing” for a classical album: it was reported to have sold 40,000 copies by 1960, and had sold more than 100,000 by the time of Gould’s death in 1982. In 1981, a year before his death, Gould made a new recording of the Goldberg Variations, sales of which exceeded two million by 2000.

At the time of the first album’s release, Bach’s Goldberg Variations—a set of 30 contrapuntal variations beginning and ending with an aria—were outside the standard piano repertoire, having been recorded on the instrument only a few times before, either on small labels or unreleased. The work was considered esoteric and technically demanding, requiring awkward hand crossing at times when played on a piano (these passages would be played on two manuals on a harpsichord).

Gould’s album both established the Goldberg Variations within the contemporary classical repertoire and made him an internationally famous pianist nearly “overnight”.First played in concert by Gould in 1954, the composition was a staple of Gould’s performances in the years following the recording.

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Beethoven “Für Elise”

Valentina Lisitsa, piano. It’s the most piano classical composition ever played, but it’s still a very beautiful piece.

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Bagatelle No. 25 in A minor (WoO 59, Bia 515) for solo piano, commonly known as “Für Elise“, is one of Ludwig van Beethoven‘s most popular compositions. It was not published during his lifetime, only being discovered (by Ludwig Nohl) 40 years after his death, and may be termed either a Bagatelle or an Albumblatt.

The identity of “Elise” is unknown; researchers have suggested Therese Malfatti, Elisabeth Röckel, or Elise Barensfeld.

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Mozart – Piano Sonata No.8 in A Minor – II. Andante cantabile

Piano solo, with sheet music

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Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto no.2 op.18 – Anna Fedorova – Complete Live Concert – HD

Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto no. 2 (with sheet music)

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Piano recital: Chopin, Haydn, Grieg

Piano recital. Find these scores and many more sheet music in our Library.

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SATIE – Gnossienne No. 1-6 ERIK SATIE Piano: Luke Faulkner

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The best of Claude Debussy

Claude Debussy (22 August 1862 – 25 March 1918) was a French composer. He is sometimes seen as the first Impressionist composer, although he vigorously rejected the term. He was among the most influential composers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Born to a family of modest means and little cultural involvement, Debussy showed enough musical talent to be admitted at the age of ten to France’s leading music college, the Conservatoire de Paris. He originally studied the piano, but found his vocation in innovative composition, despite the disapproval of the Conservatoire’s conservative professors.

He took many years to develop his mature style, and was nearly 40 when he achieved international fame in 1902 with the only opera he completed, Pelléas et Mélisande. Debussy’s orchestral works include Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune (1894), Nocturnes (1897–1899) and Images (1905–1912). His music was to a considerable extent a reaction against Wagner and the German musical tradition. He regarded the classical symphony as obsolete and sought an alternative in his “symphonic sketches”, La mer (1903–1905). His piano works include two books of Préludes and two of Études.

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Throughout his career he wrote mélodies based on a wide variety of poetry, including his own. He was greatly influenced by the Symbolist poetic movement of the later 19th century. A small number of works, including the early La Damoiselle élue and the late Le Martyre de saint Sébastien have important parts for chorus. In his final years, he focused on chamber music, completing three of six planned sonatas for different combinations of instruments.

With early influences including Russian and far-eastern music, Debussy developed his own style of harmony and orchestral colouring, derided – and unsuccessfully resisted – by much of the musical establishment of the day. His works have strongly influenced a wide range of composers including Béla Bartók, Olivier Messiaen, George Benjamin, and the jazz pianist and composer Bill Evans. Debussy died from cancer at his home in Paris at the age of 55 after a composing career of a little more than 30 years. Listen to some of his best compositions here and also get his piano sheet music at the open free Library.

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Johannes Brahms Intermezzo Opus 118 nr 2

Arthur Jussen, piano

Dedicated to Clara Schumann, Brahms’ Klavierstücke Op.118 were written in 1893 again at Bad Ischl during his summer sojourn and are probably his most well-known opus nowadays. Julius August Philipp Spitta, a German musicologist, wrote to Brahms after receiving the score, “They are the most varied of all your piano pieces and perhaps the richest in content and depth of meaning …”. This perfectly captures the features of this set of miniatures (only in terms of their length). Highly condensed and expressive, this set of work can be seen as a microcosm of his inner emotional world.

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F. Liszt – “Ständchen” Piano Transcriptions After Schubert – Khatia Buniatishvili

F. Liszt – “Ständchen” Piano Transcriptions After Schubert – Khatia Buniatishvili (with sheet music in our Library)

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Ständchen” (known in English by its first line “Hark, hark, the lark” or “Serenade”), D 889, is a lied for solo voice and piano by Franz Schubert, composed in July 1826 in the then village of Währing. It is a setting of the “Song” in act 2, scene 3 of Shakespeare‘s Cymbeline. The song was first published by Anton Diabelli in 1830, two years after the composer’s death. The song in its original form is relatively short, and two further verses by Friedrich Reil were added to Diabelli’s second edition of 1832.

Although the German translation which Schubert used has been attributed to August Wilhelm Schlegel (apparently on the basis of various editions of Cymbeline bearing his name published in Vienna in 1825 and 1826), the text is not exactly the same as the one which Schubert set: and this particular adaptation of Shakespeare had already been published as early as 1810 as the work of Abraham Voß, and again – under the joint names of A. W. Schlegel and Johann Joachim Eschenburg – in a collected Shakespeare edition of 1811.

The German word Ständchen is unspecific about the time of the homage. As others have pointed out, and as Furness in his ‘Variorum Edition’ of Cymbeline makes abundantly clear, “This present song is the supreme crown of all aubades…” The Schirmer edition of Liszt’s transcription for solo piano clarifies the context with the title of Morgenständchen (morning serenade), and the German title of Schubert’s song would be more accurately rendered in English as Aubade.

“Ständchen” has been arranged for various instrumental combinations, including Franz Liszt‘s transcription for solo piano, published by Diabelli in 1838 as no. 9, “Ständchen von Shakespeare”, of his 12 Lieder von Franz Schubert, S.558.

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Yuja Wang plays Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 3

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1987年生於中国北京的一个音乐家庭,父亲王建国是打击乐演奏家,母亲翟杰明是舞蹈老师。她自六歲起習琴,后在中央音乐学院学习[1]。1999年,王羽佳作为晨间音乐桥国际音乐节的交流生来到加拿大卡加利皇家山学院,并随后就读于皇家山音乐学院,她於2001年獲首届仙台國際音樂大賽钢琴组季軍及評委會特別獎[2],2002年被美國柯蒂斯音樂學院录取,师从钢琴教育家加里·格拉夫曼

2003年王羽佳在瑞士蘇黎世舉行了歐洲首演,和指挥大卫·辛曼苏黎世音乐厅管弦乐团合作演奏了貝多芬第四鋼琴協奏曲》。2005年在加拿大渥太華,王羽佳受指挥平夏斯·祖克曼邀请,顶替臨時缺席的鋼琴家拉杜·鲁普,与加拿大国家艺术中心乐团合作完成她在北美的首次演出。

2005年9月11日,王羽佳獲得2006年吉爾默年輕藝術家大獎(Gilmore Young Artist Award)。該獎頒給二十三歲以下的優秀鋼琴家,獎金一萬五千美元。獲獎者可在吉爾默音樂節上演出,並會有作曲家專門為之創作一首作品。

2009年1月與德意志留声机公司(DG)簽下五張唱片的合約。同年4月20日推出的首張個人專輯《Sonatas & Etudes》獲提名第52屆格林美獎古典樂最佳器樂獨奏(無管弦樂伴奏)[3]。該專輯中收錄了炫技版的莫札特「土耳其進行曲」,是為亮點。

2010年在DG推出第二張個人專輯《Transformation》,收錄了史特拉汶斯基斯卡拉蒂布拉姆斯拉威爾等人作品。2011年在DG推出第三张个人专辑《Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2 / Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini》。2012年在DG推出第四张个人专辑《Fantasia》,收录了拉赫曼尼諾夫、斯卡拉蒂、舒伯特、蕭邦等人作品。

王羽佳现居紐約,但大部分時間均於全球各地巡迴演出。自2010年以来每年演出超过一百場,縱橫歐美、日本以及世界各地古典樂舞台,已然成為世界最頂尖鋼琴家之

王羽佳在新一代華人鋼琴家中以技巧高超著稱,演奏風格大氣而硬朗。她亦擁有與眾不同的性格,曾在其私人Facebook頁面上自稱「an egocentric, shameless prima donna…have the possibility of turning to a geisha」(自我中心、不知廉恥的傲嬌女王……有成為藝伎的潛質)。2010年5月30日在德國巴登-巴登演出結束後的記者會上,有人問「古典音樂家以外,誰對你影響最大?」王羽佳回答:「Lady Gaga