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Glenn Gould

Childhood and Education

Part 4 of 4

Arrangements with the school principal allowed Gould to devote a large part of the day to his private music studies. Socially, his years at Malvern Collegiate Institute were not happy. "What the child psychologists would call the group spirit was found to be quite lacking in my personality," Gould once remarked. But "the fact that I was unable to come to terms with my associates forced me to take refuge ever more intently within the shelter of my own imagination."2

Gould did win the admiration and respect of many schoolmates, however. "Glenn's soaring talent, his limitless ambition, his rich humour, his marvellous quick understanding of everything and everyone – these constituted my first meeting with genius," recalled his schoolmate and friend Robert Fulford.3

Toronto Conservatory of Music examination results, ATCM, piano, June 15,1945. The examiners were Ettore Mazzoleni and Mary MacKinnon Shore.

Diploma in Piano (Solo Performer) from the Toronto Conservatory of Music, 1946


Diploma from the University of Toronto: Associate of the Toronto Conservatory of Music, piano solo (performance), October 25, 1946

Program for the Toronto Conservatory of Music graduation exercises, October 28, 1946. Glenn Gould received his Toronto Conservatory of Music Associate Diploma with honours, and performed the last movement of Beethoven's Piano Sonata Op. 2, No. 3 in C Major and Chopin's Impromptu No. 2 in F-sharp Major, Op. 36.

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