"I believe that the justification of art is the internal combustion it ignites in the hearts of men and not its shallow, externalized, public manifestations. The purpose of art is not the release of a momentary ejection of adrenalin but is, rather, the gradual, lifelong construction of a state of wonder and serenity."

In 1960, four years before leaving the concert stage, Glenn Gould incorporated Glenn Gould Limited. With an initial capital outlay of forty thousand dollars, his mission was to control all of his artistic ventures. Through Glenn Gould Limited, Gould was closely involved with the negotiation of his contracts, checked his royalty statements line by line and kept his own accounts.

While proficient in the stock market, where he made a sizable amount of money, Gould was not interested in money as a source of status or luxury and was willing to maximize his income only in ways compatible with his lifestyle and artistic goals. “What he wanted from money was freedom, independence, privacy and the resources to do the work he wanted to do, and by that standard he was plenty rich.” (Kevin Bazzana: Wondrous Strange, pg 241)

With the changes in the four organizations (Sony Music, CBC, Glenn Gould Foundation, and Library and Archives), which were entrusted to preserve and share Gould’s artistic legacy, it is extremely important for the Estate of Glenn Gould to re-evaluate its business strategy. In order for future generations to have the opportunity to immerse themselves in Gould’s artistry, it is time to for Glenn Gould Limited to re-emerge

Glenn Gould pushed the boundaries of what it means to be a successful yet independent artist. His reasoned artistic philosophy, allowed him to create works which were ahead of his time and which are now withstanding the test of time.

He understood the power of capturing all the aspects of an artist in forward motion, using what is now known as ‘content capture’ technology as his primary tools. Gould captured the many permutations of his career using photography, recording and editing technology, film, the medium of television, and good business as vehicles that informed, documented, and secured him the freedom he required to reach his artistic goals.

Glenn Gould Limited is dedicated to sharing Glenn Gould’s Legacy and encouraging others to create new works inspired by Glenn Gould’s work.


Glenn Gould – Beethoven, Concerto For Piano & Orchestra No.1 in C-maj: I Allegro con brio (OFFICIAL)

He influenced a new generation of performers and listeners through his illuminating interpretations of the music of a variety of composers, in particular, of Bach.

Gould’s passion for media and communication technology began with his long association with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. In addition to his numerous performances on radio, Gould broke new artistic ground with his documentaries on radio and his television essays and performances. Now republished, his writings reveal a profoundly individualistic musical insight and continue to stimulate interest among new audiences.

Gould’s untimely death on October 4, 1982, just days after his 50th birthday, was mourned by music lovers everywhere. Through his recordings and other contributions to the mass media, Glenn Gould has left a rich legacy of musical ideas and performances that find him, each year, the subject of new books, articles, plays, films and documentaries, which continue to challenge and inspire new generations.