Glenn Gould used to be recognized for his obsessions: the scarves, sweaters and fingerless gloves that he wore even at the most popular summer time days; his deep worry of germs and disease; the bizarre wood "pygmy" chair that he carried with him at any place he played; and his unexpected withdrawal from the general public degree on the height of his occupation. yet possibly Gould's maximum obsession of all was once for a selected piano, a Steinway live performance grand referred to as CD318 (C, that means for using Steinway live performance Artists in simple terms, and D, denoting it because the biggest that Steinway built). A Romance on 3 Legs is the tale of Gould's love for this piano, from the 1st second of discovery, in a Toronto dept. shop, to the tragic second while the piano used to be dropped and heavily broken whereas being transported from a live performance abroad. Hafner additionally introduces us to the realm and paintings of piano tuning, together with a principal personality in Gould's lifestyles, the blind tuner Verne Edquist, who lovingly attended to CD318 for greater than 20 years. We learn the way a live performance grand is outfitted, and the attention-grabbing tale of ways Steinway & Sons weathered the struggle years via offering fabrics for the army attempt. certainly, CD318 got here very as regards to finishing up as a sequence of glider components or, worse, a casket. The ebook has already been lauded through Kevin Bazzana, writer of the definitive Gould biography, who notes that Hafner "has clarified a few previous mysteries and grew to become up many clean details."
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