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Glenn Gould Glenn Herbert Gould [ fn 1 ] [ fn 2 ] (25 September 1932 – 4 October 1982) was a Canadian pianist who became one of the best-known and most celebrated classical pianists of the 20th century. He was particularly renowned as an interpreter of the keyboard music of Johann Sebastian Bach . His playing was distinguished by remarkable technical proficiency and capacity to articulate the polyphonic texture of Bach's music. Gould rejected most of the standard Romantic piano literature and, after his adolescence, avoided Liszt , Schumann , and Chopin .