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Listen to archival audio tapes of: a speech made by Gould; home recordings; test tapes; and Gould's final piano recording sessions, featuring Brahms' Ballades and Rhapsodies.

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Listen to a short speech made by Gould while he was in Newfoundland to record material for the "The Latecomers", the second installment of his "Solitude Trilogy." This tape highlights his philosophic and comedic nature.

  • Tape 7283: A short speech made by Glenn Gould in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1968. (2 min, 27 s)
    [RM 289 KB] / Source

At home

These tapes were recorded by Gould in his home or cottage. They represent the pianist at his most relaxed and unscripted.

  • Tape 7513: Richard Strauss' Burleske for Piano and Orchestra as played and sung by Glenn Gould (15 min, 23 s)
    [RM 1,804 KB] / Source
  • Tape 7535: Johann Sebastian Bach's Sinfonias (15 min, 51 s)
    [RM 1,858 KB] / Source

In the studio

The following "test tapes" were made to assess pianos, studio or hall acoustics, microphone placement, etc. During these "sessions," Gould played excerpts from a wide variety of music in a very spontaneous fashion.

  • Tape 1049: "Studio G test" [CBC Toronto], undated (22 min, 38 s)
    [RM 2,653 KB] / Source
  • Tape 1087: Orillia Opera House test, November 2, 1981 (26 min, 23 s)
    [RM 3,093 KB] / Source
  • Tape 1178: CBC [Toronto] piano test, April 13, 1975 (28 min, 9 s)
    [RM 3,301 KB] / Source
  • Tape 1183: Piano test at Eaton Auditorium, Toronto, on Steinway No. CD 131 and CD 230, March 11, 1976 (18 min, 15 s)
    [RM 2,139 KB] / Source
  • Tape 1184: Piano test at Convocation Hall, University of Toronto, March 9 or September 3, 1978 (33 min, 2 s)
    [RM 3,872 KB] / Source

Recorded in 1982 in New York City, the following tapes constitute the entire Brahms Ballades and Rhapsodies sessions. These were to be Gould's last piano recordings.

Ballades, op. 10

Rhapsodies, op. 79