Tuesday, April 15, 2008

A Romance on Three Legs

It's not too early to start planning your summer reading list. And if you're a fan of Glenn Gould, then like me you'll be looking forward to this one.

A Romance on Three Legs by Kate Hafner

According to the publishers jacket blurb:

"...perhaps Gould’s greatest obsession of all was with a Steinway concert grand known as CD318. To explain that relationship, which Gould himself described as “a romance on three legs,” Katie Hafner introduces us to the important figures in Gould’s life, including Verne Edquist, his longtime, long-suffering, blind tuner. She offers a fascinating history of the art of tuning, and takes us inside Steinway during the war years, when CD318 was built. And she dissects Gould’s life with the piano, from his first encounter with it to the endless coddling and tweaking that Edquist performed over the years. Hafner includes Gould’s stormy, sometimes outrageous, correspondence with Steinway, and describes his despair when CD318 was fatally dropped from a loading dock."

To be published this June. Pre-orders on the amazon.com site. Link.

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