Anyone who knows anything about the Canadian pianist knows that he was extremely particular about how he sat, generally much lower than other pianists at the keyboard.
When he died, on October 4, 1982, Gould left his iconic folding chair to the nation.
But was it the real chair? And is it the only one?
Our pals at Ludwig Van Toronto have been on a detective hunt to find the real Gould chair.
It all starts the day we get a phone call from a lady who tells us she has four previously unknown Glenn Gould chairs sitting in her basement. A mystery unfolds, launching us down a path towards uncovering some amazing secrets behind Gould and his beloved chair — arguably one of the most important pieces of furniture in music history. Over 5 episodes, we talk to those closest to Gould, as well as some experts to help us answer some big questions: Are these chairs the real thing? What’s the story behind them? And the biggest question of all: Why did Gould love this chair so much?…
Click here to explore the unfolding mystery.