The score for Glenn Gould’s iconic 1981 recording of Bach’s “Goldberg” Variations has resurfaced, and its authenticity has been verified by Tim Page, a professor at both the USC Thornton School of Music and the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.
“I would call this the equivalent of a shooting script of a movie,” Page told The New York Times. “He keeps track of which takes he likes, and how long they are.”
Page, who edited The Glenn Gould Reader, examined the heavily marked-up score earlier this year. It will be offered at auction on Dec. 5 at Bonhams in New York. A copy will be made available at the National Arts Center in Ottawa where, Page notes, “it will be available to scholars, and anyone who wants to see it.”