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The boy as Glenn Gould
  1. Allan D Peterkin
  1. Massey College, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
  1. Correspondence to Allan D Peterkin, Mount Sinai Hospital, 600 University Ave, Room 965, Toronto, Ontario M5G 1X5, Canada; apeterkin{at}

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No baseball and no rough-housing.

His Mother said

Your hands are too


This meant no friends

(But more practising)

His true companions:

A dog and a parrot

Who sat patiently

As their boy ran scales

(Faster, faster, faster)

That's when the humming started

(It keeps you company)

His Father

Never keen on all this

piano playing

Changed their name from Gold to Gould

(Thought it sounded “less Jewish”, for Upper Canada)


Always played on a low chair,

With the legs cut-off

Hands reaching up to the keyboard

Ever the boy

(Sitting shiva for the boy?)


  • Competing interests None.

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