Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Glenn Gould by Anne Kaufmann. The world and soundscapes of Canadian icon and music legend, Glenn Gould.


Book Title: Glenn Gould: Sketches of Solitude
Print Length: 134 pages
Publisher: Brownridge Publishing (March 10, 2013)
ISBN-10: 0986865796
ISBN-13: 978-0986865794
Genre: Youth, Historical

About The Book
In GLEN GOULD: SKETCHES OF SOLITUDE writer Anne Kaufmann gives us an imaginative glimpse into the world and soundscapes of Canadian icon and music legend, Glenn Gould. It is a series of vignettes or "sketches" of Gould's life based on his own recollections over the years and those of others who knew him. Artist Rudin Koci perfectly augments the poetic prose with his colorful, bold and energetic illustrations. This book will inspire young people of today to nurture their own creativity through art and music.

About The Author:

Anne Kaufmann is a former teacher librarian. She studied English Literature at Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Toronto. Her passions include music, books, animals and creating nature journals. She has shared her life with dogs, horses, cats and birds. A nature lover, she spends many hours exploring the forests north of her home with her Border Collie, Indy. Some of her favorite childhood memories include summers at her cottage on Lake Simcoe, settling back on the family couch reading while listening to her dad's weekly String Quartet group, playing with her dogs and wishing for a horse. She lives in Ontario, Canada.

About the Illustrator:

Rudin Koci was born on January 7th, 1971, in Tirana, Albania. He holds dual citizenship, Canadian and Albanian. In 1994, Rudin graduated from Academy of Arts, Tirana, Albania with a major in Theatre Design and finished his Masters in Fine Arts in 2001-2003 at the Slade School of Art, University College, London, UK. In 2007 he earned his Bachelor of Education at Windsor University, Ontario in 2007. Rudin lives in Toronto, Ontario and shares his passion for art with his students.

Glenn Gould plays Bach


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My 5 Star Review

I received the book from the touring host for an honest review.

What can I say about this man that wasn't said already? To be honest I never heard of him before I was given this book; simply because I'm not a huge fan of classical music, but I do admire men like Bach, Mozart, Shubert and Beethoven a great deal. The music they'd left behind is still to this day, priceless; each highly talented in their own right. 
When I agreed to read this book I was intrigued with his life and went on Youtube to find some of this man's music, just to have the experience of listening to this great pianist. 
There is no way that you can misjudge him for a normal person; he's a genius. Brilliant in his interpretation of the legendary men's music. Becoming a legend in his own right as he stamped his signature on these famous works and left an undeniable impression of himself without the pompous arrogant manners of men. 
This book gives you a better understanding of the man behind the legend; what made him tick; what was his motivation and drive in life; his passion for music that played such a major role in his entire life. 
Music was instilled into him from before he was born. He could recognize and discern the pitch of a musical note at the age of three. In my book that's more than impressive.
He was remarkable on stage and from it. Even when his stage mannerisms were criticized he remained true to his art and his heart, which I admired greatly. Nothing could move him to do anything he wasn't comfortable with. This'd led to many disgruntled people but yet they all'd to agree he's above the norm when he played. His habits caused him to be lonely most of his life with only one confidant that he'd freely talk to, his cousin Jessie. Although labeled as a eccentric he remained true to himself, gracious in his performances and attitude to all people. 
Like most men and women he loved speed but always had to be careful due to the immensity of his talent. His love for animals especially dogs were evident throughout his life; trusted companions that he loved dearly. I loved the art that was placed into the book to emphasis his love for them.
As a novas I must say I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone who loves music and have the desire to know more about this legend.
A great tribute to a great talent.

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