A Romance on Three Legs: Glenn Gould's Obsessive Quest for the Perfect Piano

Katie Hafner, Author . Bloomsbury $24.99 (259p) ISBN 978-1-59691-524-4

This evocative, detailed account of the compulsive search for a sensitive, highly responsive concert piano by Canadian musical wunderkind Glenn Gould combines the parallel histories of one of the most controversial and brilliant pianists of the last century and the incredible keyboard instrument on which he played for some of his most important recordings. Hafner, a New York Times correspondent, presents a fascinating biography of Gould, who was known for his quirks, including his wearing of winter gear on summer days, his donning of fingerless gloves while playing, his manic fear of germs and hand shaking. The book will greatly appeal to those intrigued by the history of the influential German-bred Steinway piano company, but it is the close interaction of Gould and Charles Verne Edquist, the nearly blind piano tuner, with a Steinway CD 318 concert piano, that lift the book above the usual biography. This book will aid the reader to fully appreciate Gould's creative work in interpreting the early sonatas of Mozart and his majestic rendition of the Goldberg Variations. (June)

Reviewed on: 03/24/2008
Release date: 06/01/2008
Genre: Nonfiction
Hardcover - 259 pages - 978-0-7710-3754-2
Paperback - 265 pages - 978-1-59691-525-1
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