A Romance on Three Legs

Glenn Gould's Obsessive Quest for the Perfect Piano
Product Number: EB00636487
Released: Feb 23, 2016
Business Term: 52 Circ / 730 Day
ISBN: #9781608190454
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
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Glenn Gould was famous for his obsessions: the scarves, sweaters and fingerless gloves that he wore even on the hottest summer days; his deep fear of germs and illness; the odd wooden "pygmy" chair that he carried with him wherever he performed; and his sudden withdrawal from the public stage at the peak of his career. But perhaps Gould's greatest obsession of all was for a particular piano, a Steinway concert grand known as CD318 (C, meaning for the use of Steinway Concert Artists only, and D, denoting it as the largest that Steinway built). A Romance on Three Legs is the story of Gould's love for this piano, from the first moment of discovery, in a Toronto dept. store, to the tragic moment when the piano was dropped and seriously damaged while being transported from a concert overseas. Hafner also introduces us to the world and art of piano tuning, including a central character in Gould's life, the blind tuner Verne Edquist, who lovingly attended to CD318 for more than two decades. We learn how a concert grand is built, and the fascinating story of how Steinway & Sons weathered the war years by supplying materials for the military effort. Indeed, CD318 came very close to ending up as a series of glider parts or, worse, a casket. The book has already been lauded by Kevin Bazzana, author of the definitive Gould biography, who notes that Hafner "has clarified some old mysteries and turned up many fresh details."

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Author(s): Katie Hafner
Original Publish Date: Jul 15, 2010

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Author(s): Katie Hafner
Product Number EB00733571
Released: Aug 20, 2018
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Emblem Editions
ISBN: #9781551993218

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