Tuesday, January 10, 2012

The Ineffable Glenn Gould — Better than a Book

From: Freshdl.me
In September of last year, on his 79th birthday, the CBC released a comprehensive DVD boxset: Glenn Gould on Television: The Complete CBC Broadcasts. It's not a book, but, with the transition to e-books and digital "volumes" of all kinds, this is just as good, or even better than a book. Needless to say, when it comes to an appreciation of what Glenn Gould was all about, mere words are not enough.

"A famous perfectionist, Glenn Gould would have been delighted with a new film series of his work [...]. Tim Page, a friend of Gould's in the last years of his life, contributed to the new collection [...].
     'He'd be delighted. Glenn was a very loyal Canadian and he loved his life in Canada,' Page, who wrote the liner notes for the DVD box set, told CBC News. 'I think he'd be thrilled that finally his film work will be presented in a way he wanted it to be, which hasn't been done before.'
     The 10-disc box Glenn Gould on Television: The Complete CBC Broadcasts will feature many of Gould's rare recordings, unreleased full-length programs and documentaries, interviews and nearly 30 years of archival footage."
CBC News
     Buy this collection, and books about Glenn Gould here...

     Budding Glenn Goulds and young Canadian classical musicians of all stripes can flex their chops here...

"The 2012 TD Canada Trust Festival Competition is open to musicians in the following categories: voice, piano, strings, woodwind and brass. Competitors must be born in, reside in, or study in Canada and be between the ages of 17 and 27 as of April 2, 2012.
The Grand Prize, $3,000.00; Second Prize, $2,000.00; Third Prize, $1,000.00; and the Kathleen Deters Audience Favourite award is $500.00. [...]

'Twenty-two years ago I saw an opportunity to give young artists a chance to perform at a first-class event and also offer financial support towards their artistic education. I have always felt that students need encouragement, especially students in the arts.
     Each year at the Elora Festival, with the generous support of TD Canada Trust, we proudly present the final-round concert. It is truly memorable and rewarding to see and hear these young competitors with various musical disciplines on the threshold of a professional career. The audience has its favorites and the judges have theirs. And this year’s competition will once again boast an internationally recognized jury panel.
     I invite all young artists to apply. You could very well be one of the finalists who launch their career in a dazzling performance on July 18, 2012 at the
Elora Festival!' — Noel Edison, Artistic Director of the Elora Festival"

A downloadable PDF of the Competition Brochure can be found here...

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