Gould took no formal lessons in composition. As a teenager he worked to come to terms with the classics as well as with the contemporary idiom of the twelve-tone method of composition that was then taking root on North American campuses.
Gould, Glenn. Our Gifts. Piano-vocal score, mimeograph, March 25, 1943
Gould, Glenn. Sonata for Piano. Manuscript, ink on MS paper, n.d. (ca 1948)
Glenn Gould playing the piano (possibly his Chickering grand at the Lake Simcoe cottage), early 1950s. A Bach score is on top of the piano
Glenn Gould playing the organ in the concert hall of the Toronto Conservatory of Music, ca 1945
"[Heinrich] Neuhaus wrote that Gould's way of playing Bach made one feel that the composer himself was sitting at the keyboard."4
Glenn Gould, playing one of four grand pianos in Columbia Records 30th Street Studio, New York, 1957
Glenn Gould playing the piano, with his teacher Alberto Guerrero standing by, ca 1945