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Remembering Glenn Gould
Twenty Interviews With People Who Knew Him


This interview took place in Edquist's home in northern Toronto on January 12, 2011. In this excerpt Edquist talks about recording sessions at Toronto's Eaton Auditorium with Glenn Gould and Columbia Records producer Andrew Kazdin.

Verne Edquist: Gould's Piano Man

Verne Edquist was born in 1931 in a rural part of the province of Saskatchewan, in western Canada. Due to his poor eyesight, at the age of eight he was sent to the Ontario School for the Blind in Brantford. There he learned the trade of piano tuning, and he moved to Toronto in 1950, to earn a living as a tuner. For several years he was employed in piano factories: at the Winter Company (owned by Mason & Risch), and later at Heintzman & Company. In 1961, he was hired as Chief Concert Tuner at Eaton's department store in Toronto; and in 1969 he left Eaton's to tune pianos on a freelance basis.

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