Wednesday, October 11, 2017

#005 "Glenn Gould" - 8"x10" cut paper shadow box

Glenn Herbert Gould (born Gold), pianist, broadcaster, writer, composer, conductor, organist (born 25 September 1932 in Toronto, ON; died 4 October 1982 in Toronto, ON)

Glenn Gould is one of the world's most admired and studied musicians. Gould’s distinctive piano style, idiosyncratic interpretations, unusual stage mannerisms and independent vision marked him as a maverick and an eccentric. He wrote extensively about music and technology, and created great controversy by retiring from live performance at age 31 to pursue studio recordings and broadcasting projects.

He was most renowned for his interpretations of the keyboard music of J.S. Bach and the notes I have depicted in his head are the last notes of Bach's last composition, the unfinished "Die Kunst der Fuge" (The Art of Fugue). The number of points in the star is 14 which is the number of fugues in the work, #14 being the unfinished piece.

To learn more about this enigmatic character in Canadian culture you can read more here:

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