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Remembering Glenn Gould
Twenty Interviews With People Who Knew Him


This interview took place in a hotel in Montreal on May 13, 2011. Here, Maloney comments on Gould's conducting technique, and speculates on what he might have accomplished as a conductor if he had lived longer.

Timothy Maloney: Gould in Decline

Musician, educator and librarian Timothy Maloney was born in Toronto in 1947. He attended the University of Toronto and Catholic University in Washington DC, and earned a doctorate in music performance and literature at the Eastman School in Rochester. From 1988 to 2002 he served as Director of the Music Division, and custodian of the Glenn Gould Archive, at the National Library of Canada. He currently lives in Minneapolis, where he is Head of the Music Library and an Adjunct Professor of Music at the University of Minnesota. Maloney's first and last meetings with Glenn Gould were in 1982. In July of that year, he played first clarinet in a small orchestra led by Gould at Toronto's St Lawrence Hall, in a private recording of Wagner's Siegfried Idyll. The recording was issued on the Sony Classical label (SK 46279) in 1990. And for Maloney the experience formed the basis of a lifelong interest in Gould.

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