Glenn's bench


Glenn Gould is one of Canada's most beloved treasures. He was a piano virtuoso and you can hardly step foot in downtown Toronto without finding something that bears his name. In fact, this bench is just outside the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) building which is home to the Glenn Gould Studio


As is often the case with musical geniuses, Glenn had many eccentricities. People now suggest that he may have suffered from some form of autism. Whatever it was, it certainly made him special and he won't soon be forgotten by his Canadian fans.

16 comments:

Paul in Powell River said...

Many eccentricities might be a bit of understatement. The only pianist - and he was a great one - that can be heard in his recordings loudly humming along as he played. Fiting place for a statue of him, outside the CBC, they owe him a lot.

Olivier said...

j'aime bien cette statue sur le banc, on a envie de s'assoir et de discuter avec Glenn Gloud (en plus l'un des plus grands pianistes, je suis fan de ce pianiste)

longbeachpeninsuladailyphoto said...

I love these benches. Art and functionality all in one. Speaking of Canadian musical treasures, I'm waiting for a Leonard Cohen bench.

Cezar and Léia said...

This is a special bench, how creative! ;)
Léia

Andy said...

You should have sat down on the bench and taken a self portrait. I bet it would have looked pretty cool.

Tanya said...

great sculpture!

Kay said...

He sounds like a very interesting musician; if I've heard him I'm not aware of it. This is a wonderful tribute and piece of art.

Kate said...

I love blogging because I learn so much; now I'll have to research this musician and his music. It's a fun sculpture.

VP said...

Great! I just needed a new one...

Lois said...

I've never heard of him. This is really cool. You almost want to sit down next to him and have a conversation!

Lowell said...

The sculptures are excellent! This name is very familiar to me. There was a time when I reviewed new records for a local paper, and I do believe I owned a couple of his recordings (would have been the early 70s.)

Jack said...

Gould became famous for his performance of Bach's Goldberg Variations, which are supposed to be extremely difficult to play on the piano. I have read that he numerous . . . quirks.

tapirgal said...

And of course I've never heard of him. I'll check him out sometime. Nice pix. I like how you cropped the second one.

JM said...

I like the composition at the bottom. Well done.

VioletSky said...

ah, the Gould bench ;)

PerthDailyPhoto said...

I like this one very much Halcyon, I wonder how many folk have had their picture taken with Mr Gould.

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