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Glenn Gould

Later Career


After 1963, Gould set about organizing his life according to his ideals. Long before he stopped appearing on the concert stage he had enjoyed the cloistered atmosphere of the recording studio and the frenetic activity of the studio workers. Now the "womb-like" studio became his favourite abode, "an aural and physical cocoon encouraging maximum receptiveness without distraction…"10 In a studio a performer can repeat a passage as many times as desired, and can record individual sections or passages out of sequence. Above all, the recording studio, Gould wrote, is "a place where the most horrendously constricting force of nature – the inexorable linearity of time – has been, to a remarkable extent, circumvented."11 After he stopped giving concert performances, he made some 80 recordings, most of them in Toronto.

"If there is any excuse to make a recording, it is to do it differently – as it has never been done before."12

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