Today is the anniversary of Glenn Gould's birth and the first ever Glenn Gould Day in Toronto. To mark this special occasion, The Glenn Gould Foundation has some very special news to share with you.
Starting in the early days of the Great Depression, their family became friends with Glenn Gould's parents, Bert and Florence, spending many happy hours with them at their home at 32 Southwood Drive, and occasionally, their cottage at Uptergrove, Ontario (now part of Orillia).
When Susanne and Heather came along, their parents' friendship with the Goulds was already well-established, including their family's involvement with the unique genius of budding piano prodigy, Glenn.
A symbol of the Morton family's relationship with Glenn and his parents is their ownership of what is believed to be Glenn Gould's very first piano - a c. 1915 upright from the Dominion piano company of Bowmanville, ON. Like many distinguished builders of pianos and pump organs established during the "heyday of the musical parlour," Dominion pianos suffered greatly from the double blow of the Depression and the advent of phonograph records and radio as the primary forms of home entertainment. The company, established in 1870, shut down in 1936.
The Glenn Gould Foundation is truly grateful to Susanne for the donation of this precious piece of the Glenn Gould story, which was signed by Glenn to Sue when the Mortons purchased it from the Goulds in 1955.
The Glenn Gould Foundation is preparing for the
Twelfth Glenn Gould Prize Presentation to Laureate Jessye Norman