The Loser is a book by Thomas Bernhard, initially published in German in 1983.
The book does not occur during the activities recounted, but at that time its narrator recalls them. There are three main characters: the narrator (who's the only survivor), Glenn Gould, who died a normal demise at fifty-one, and Wertheimer whom committed suicide sometime later. The book consists virtually totally of recollections and ruminations regarding the connections involving the three. Wertheimer and also the narrator had been students in a piano course taught by Vladimir Horowitz within Mozarteum in Salzburg in 1953, in which they came across a Canadian piano prodigy (Gould).
In Mozarteum in Salzburg in 1953 the key characters found a Canadian prodigy who played the Goldberg variants miraculously and just who, they rapidly came to recognize, was a higher pianist than even their teacher—indeed, "the most crucial piano virtuoso associated with the century, " once the narrator puts it inside book's opening phrase.