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Volume 23 Issue 2 - October 2017

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In this issue: several local artists reflect on the memory of composer Claude Vivier, as they prepare to perform his music; Vancouver gets ready to host international festival ISCM World New Music Days, which is coming to Canada for the second time since its inception in 1923; one of the founders of Artword Artbar, one of Hamilton’s staple music venues, on the eve of the 5th annual Steel City Jazz Festival, muses on keeping urban music venues alive; and a conversation with pianist Benjamin Grosvenor, as he prepares for an ambitious recital in Toronto. These and other stories, in our October 2017 issue of the magazine.

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WE ARE ALL MUSIC’S CHILDREN October's Child Glenn Gould (1932-1982) MJ BUELL NEW CONTEST Who is November’s Child? Glenn Gould grew up in Toronto’s Beach neighbourhood. His parents were both musical people who sang. His father was a furrier who played the violin as a child and Gould’s mother taught piano and voice. Gould composed from childhood, and at four began piano lessons with his mother. He made a first public appearance at six – accompanying his parents who sang a duet in an Uxbridge (Ontario) church. At 13 he appeared with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, playing the first movement of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.4 in G major. A solo recital followed in 1947 at the Toronto Conservatory of Music, now the RCM, where he studied with pianist Alberto Guerrero. Perhaps best known internationally as a celebrated pianist who was particularly wellknown for his interpretations of J.S Bach’s keyboard music Gould’s specific but diverse musical appetites included pre-Baroque, some Romantic, as well as 20th century composers. He was also a composer, conductor, music journalist, broadcaster and media artist. Additionally renowned as a significantly eccentric individual he stopped playing concerts at the age of 31 and spent the rest of his short but prolific life focusing on recording, and a wide range of other music-related projects. In 1970 Gould was offered the Companion of the Order of Canada award which he declined, believing he was too young for it – this was consistent with his dislike for competitions and prizes in general. But since his untimely death from a stroke at the age of 50 he continues to be feted. In 1983 the Glenn Gould Foundation was established to honour Glenn Gould’s lifetime of creative contribution and to foster the way music and the arts transform life and society. The Glenn Gould Prize is awarded every three years to an individual whose work in the arts enriches lives, who in turn chooses a young artist to receive The City of Toronto Glenn Gould Protégé Prize. In 1997 the Royal Conservatory of Music Professional School adopted the name The Glenn Gould School. In 2012 Gould was designated a National Historic Person. And outside the Glenn Gould Studio at the CBC broadcast centre in Toronto visitors are greeted by Ruth Abernethy’s arresting bronze portrait of an enigmatic Gould sitting on a bench. On September 25, 2017 – the day this edition of The WholeNote went on the press – Glenn Gould would have been 85, and a year of Gould-related releases and events continues. CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR WINNERS! May 1963, Church of St. Mary Magdalene, Toronto • “The other people are my father, Albert; my sisters Monica and Catherine; and Dr. Healey Willan” • At 16 he was half of the alto section in the men’s and boys’ choir at St. Thomas’s, Huron Street. • Since then – St. Michael’s Choir School, Tafelmusik, the Tallis Choir, Toronto Consort, Aradia Ensemble, Pax Christi Chorale, Arbor Oak Concerts, the Bach-Elgar Choir, the Toronto Chamber Choir and the St. James Cathedral Choral Society. • Back-to-back listings in this issue (Oct 13, 14) BONUS CLUE: Who appeared on The WholeNote’s choral page in every issue from 2004 to 2015? Know our Mystery Child’s name? WIN PRIZES! Send your best guess by October 23 to Previous artist profiles and interviews can be read at Glenn Gould: The Goldberg Variations – The Complete Unreleased Recording Sessions is a special edition release by SONY CLASSICAL. It features Gould’s complete 1955 recording sessions of Bach’s Goldberg Variations on five CDs including the studio conversations between him and his producer; the final album on both CD and heavyweight 180g vinyl; and an additional CD in which Gould discusses his Goldberg performances with Tim Page. There’s also a poster and a 280-page hardcover coffee-table book with 45 newly discovered session photos, the Goldberg complete score, several essays and extensive documentation. This prize goes to AMIR SAFAVI. In Art of Time Ensemble’s ...Hosted by Glenn Gould (Nov 2 to 4, Harbourfront Theatre Centre) the “insightful and often acerbic” Glenn Gould will offer his take on the works of Beethoven and Shostakovich in vintage excerpts from the CBC series Gould on Television, introducing live performances of works by both composers. The ensemble includes Andrew Burashko, Steven Dann, Thomas Wiebe, Sheila Jaffe and Stephen Sitarski. A pair of tickets each for DONALD DAVID and GAELAH MCBIRNIE. The Great Gould by Peter Goddard (Dundurn Press, August 2017) draws on the author’s own interviews with Gould and some new sources to illuminate Gould’s “decision to quit concertizing, his career as a radio innovator and his deep response to the Canadian environment. Sci-fi and hi-fi, hockey and Petula Clark, Elvis, jazz, chess, the Beatles, and sex … even a touching account of the only piano lesson Gould ever gave.” Peter Goddard is an awardwinning music, film and visual arts journalist biographer, and occasional contributor to The WholeNote. A copy of The Great Gould is awarded to ANIKO JEHN, and to SUE WOODLAND. October 2017 | 57

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