Glenn Gould’s brooding genius

Glenn Gould Having recently viewed the riveting theatrical doc “Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould,” which Variety will be exploring in more depth before its September bow in New York, the parallels between the King of Classical Piano and the King of Pop struck me as uncanny: both were child music prodigies, militantly private, willfully eccentric, sexually ambiguous, control freakish, prone to hypochondria and paranoia, prescription drug abusers, and died untimely deaths at age 50 — just as their careers were experiencing a second wind.

They also donned gloves, but for different reasons (Gould felt he had to protect his nimble fingers from the elements, and even refused to shake hands for fear of injury).

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