Gary Goldschneider

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Gary Goldschneider
Gary Goldschneider (1984).jpg
Gary Goldschneider in a Beethoven marathon in Amsterdam (1984)
BornMay 22, 1939
DiedOctober 5, 2019 (age 80)
Alma materYale University
University of Pennsylvania
Spouse(s)Antoinette Filanowska, Berthe Meijer
Scientific career
Music (pianist)
InfluencesHenry Murray

Gary Goldschneider (22 May 1939 – 5 October 2019)[1] was a writer, pianist, composer, and personologist. He is known for writing the Secret Language personological book series, based on astrology, numerology, and tarot, in which he studied and assessed character traits of over 14,000 people to generalize birth characteristics for each day of the year.[2] In addition, Goldschneider has performed several "marathon" piano pieces, such as playing all 32 of Beethoven's sonatas in one sitting.[3][4] On another occasion in Nevada City, California, in 1984, he performed all of Mozart's sonatas in one sitting, only taking three breaks to consume water.[5] This took approximately six hours.[5]


Goldschneider has collaborated with W.P Julian Clef, another "marathon" pianist, during Clef's piano music tour in January 2003.[6] Clef has also studied under Goldschneider.[7]


Goldschneider's published books are:

  • Astrologie Anders, 1989, Gary Goldschneider, Bzztoh publishers, The Hague. Published in Dutch.
  • Wunderkind, 1991, Gary Goldschneider, Bzztoh publishers, The Hague. This is the first volume of four published in Dutch.
  • The Secret Language of Birthdays, 1994, with Joost Elffers and Aron Goldschneider, Penguin Studio Books. ISBN 978-0-670-03261-7 [8]
  • The Secret Language of Relationships, 1997, with Joost Elffers, Penguin Studio Books. ISBN 978-0-670-03262-4 [9]
  • The Secret Language of Destiny, 1999, with Joost Elffers, Penguin Studio Books. ISBN 0-670-03263-8
  • Charting the Times of Your Life, 2002, Gary Goldschneider, Atria Books. ISBN 0-7434-6049-9 (Charting the Times of Your Life was initially released as a hardcover book entitled The Astrology of Time.)
  • The Secret Language of Luck, 2004, Gary Goldschneider, Riverhead. ISBN 1-59448-023-0
  • Personology 2005, Gary Goldschneider, Running Press. ISBN 978-0-7624-2229-6
  • Gary Goldschneider’s Everyday Astrology (How to Make Astrology Work for You), 2009, Gary Goldschneider, Quirk Books. ISBN 978-1-59474-408-2
  • The Astrology Of Time, 2002, Gary Goldschneider Atria. ISBN 0743456939


On October 11, 2019, Thomas Rezek, the co-author of Goldschneider's Secret Language books, tweeted that Goldschneider had died six days earlier, on October 5.[1]



  1. ^ a b Rezek, Thomas (2019-10-11). "Gary Goldschneider, the father of The Secret Language, has passed on but his brilliance will live forever. / His astute perceptions continue to make the world a better place for everyone! / How has The Secret Language touched your life?". @TheBirthdayBook. Retrieved 2019-10-18.
  2. ^ Gary Goldschneider; Joost Elffers (2013). The Secret Language of Birthdays. Penguin Random House. ISBN 9780525426882. Retrieved 2019-10-18.
  3. ^ Page, Tim (July 10, 1983). "Music Notes; Making a Day of Beethoven Sonatas". The New York Times. Retrieved 11 November 2013.
  4. ^ "Concert pianist claims record". Record-Journal. August 9, 1982. Retrieved 11 November 2013.
  5. ^ a b "An astounding marathon of Mozart". The Sacramento Bee. August 7, 1984. Retrieved 11 November 2013. (subscription required)
  6. ^ Nandakumar, T. (June 22, 2005). "Julian Clef charms music buffs". The Hindu. Archived from the original on February 19, 2009. Retrieved 11 November 2013.
  7. ^ "Piano prodigy to perform in capital". The Hindu. April 11, 2006. Archived from the original on September 13, 2006. Retrieved 11 November 2013.
  8. ^ "Archives | The Dallas Morning News,". 1995-11-05. Retrieved 2013-11-12. (subscription required)
  9. ^ "Healthy Bestsellers". Los Angeles Times. January 11, 1999. Retrieved 11 November 2013. (subscription required)

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