Texan Woman Charged With Stealing Glenn Gould Memorabilia Sentenced to Community Service

Classic Arts News   Texan Woman Charged With Stealing Glenn Gould Memorabilia Sentenced to Community Service
 
Barbara Moore, the 62-year-old Texan college professor charged with illegally possessing Glenn Gould memorabilia, was sentenced to 60 hours of community service yesterday, reports the Associated Press.

She must also pay $5,500 restitution and assist in the recovery of stolen memorabilia and other items no longer in her possession.

Moore was arrested in May 2006 on charges of possessing stolen items that had once belonged to Gould and are now worth thousands of dollars, including photographs, books, compositions, audio and video recordings, letters and personal items of Gould's such as hats and gloves.

Moore's lawyer initially said the Gould items in his client's possession were uncatalogued materials given to her legally by Stephen Willis, the late curator of the the Canadian Library's Glenn Gould archives in Ottawa. But the judge in the case found that the accession stamps on many of the items indicated they had been made a permanent part of the Canadian Library's collection.

The story came to light when Moore sold a few of the Gould items to New York dealer Roger Gross, who was reportedly unaware the items were stolen, in December 2004. A Gould researcher in British Columbia spotted the items for sale on the Internet and alerted the police last December. The New York Police Department's Cyber Crimes Unit recovered the stolen items and referred the case to the Manhattan district attorney's office.

In October of this year, Moore was found guilty of two misdemeanor counts of criminal possession of stolen property by a New York jury; they acquitted her of two felony counts of grand larceny. She faced up to a year in jail.

Gould, the legendary Canadian pianist whose work is preserved on such discs as his two iconic versions of Bach's Goldberg Variations, was born in 1932 and died in 1982 at age 50 in Toronto.


Recommended Reading: