PRIMARY WAVE MUSIC PUBLISHING ACQUIRES THE
MUSIC RIGHTS TO GLENN GOULD
THE ACQUISITION INCLUDES PUBLISHING, MASTER ROYALTIES,
NAME AND LIKENESS
NEW YORK, N.Y. (August 14, 2017) – Primary Wave Music Publishing, the leading U.S. independent music publishing company, announced today they have acquired the music rights of the legendary, innovative and most celebrated classical pianist of the 20th century, Glenn Gould. The acquisition comes on the heels of what would have been Gould’s 85thbirthday and will include his publishing and master royalties, as well as his name and likeness rights.
“It is a well-known fact that Glenn Gould embraced technology and would have loved the direct-to-listener experience that is embraced by Primary Wave,” said Stephen Posen, Sole Executor of the Glenn Gould Estate. He goes on, “In addition, their focus on all musical genres across all media platforms is a perfect fit for Glenn Gould and we are already excited about the many new perspectives and projects that they are bringing to the table.”
Lawrence Mestel, Founder & CEO of Primary Wave Music Publishing adds, “We are thrilled to add Glenn Gould to Primary Wave’s growing roster of artists. His innovative approach to music interpretation and his use of technology made acquiring his catalogue an easy choice for us and we look forward to furthering the legacy of this legendary artist.”
ABOUT GLENN GOULD:
To this day renowned Canadian pianist Glenn Gould (1932 – 1982) continues to fascinate and entice fans and artists alike. Gould was very forward thinking and embraced technology in a way that was unique among performing artists. He innovated the concept of editing his recorded “takes” to create what was, for him, the perfect recorded performance, thereby teaching the recording industry how to maximize the benefits of recording. It was to explore and capitalize on the potential of recording to avoid the competitive nature of public performances that he surprised the classical world by eschewing a lucrative public concert career in 1964 at the age of 32 and retired to the recording studio. That same year, Gould famously predicted that “the public concert as we know it today would no longer exist a century hence, that its functions would have been entirely taken over by electronic media.” Gould has received numerous accolades for his work including four Grammy Awards, three Juno Awards and the RIAA Lifetime Achievement Award. He is one of the best-known and celebrated classical pianists in modern history, with a style that was both deeply expressive and technically precise.
In September 2017, Gould’s 1956 recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations will be re-released as part of a commemorative set, Glenn Gould: The Goldberg Variations – The Complete Unreleased Recording Sessions. The setwill also include a very comprehensive guide to his life and work. Additionally, noted Canadian journalist Peter Goddard will be releasing The Great Gould which contains previously unpublished and unknown writings, interviews and photographs of Glenn Gould.