Glenn Gould performed for over 21 years using a small, portable folding chair that has become an object of reverence for Gould devotees. He was obsessed with it, and wouldn’t perform on anything else.
The stuffing has long since disappeared, and the only thing that kept it from falling apart is some duct tape, screws, and piano wire. Despite its condition, it’s memory survives.
In this podcast, we take you on a journey into the relationship between pianist Glenn Gould and his “pygmy” chair.
A mystery unfolds, launching listeners down a path towards uncovering a secret behind one of history’s most fascinating pianists.
“Monsieur, you vill not speak disrespectfully of a member of ze family! It is a boon travelling companion, without which I do not function, I cannot operate. It has been with me for 21 years, zis thing, this chair!” — Glenn Gould
A new episode will drop every Wednesday through Oct. 17.
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Glenn Gould’s Chair is obsessed over by Ludwig van Podcast.
Sponsored in part by Primary Wave, with assistance from the Glenn Gould Foundation, and the Ontario Media Development Fund.