Piano

Piano

The Making of A Steinway Concert Grand

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Baker & Taylor
A fascinating look at the creation of a single concert grand piano recounts the story of one Steinway piano, from raw lumber to finished instrument, over the course of its eleven-month journey through the Steinway factory as it is transformed into an extraordinary musical instrument. 40,000 first printing.

McMillan Palgrave
An alluring exploration of the people and the legendary craftsmanship behind a single Steinway piano

Like no other instrument, a grand piano melds engineering feats with the magical sounds of great music: the thunder of a full-throated bass, the bright, delicate trill of the upper treble. Alone among the big piano companies, Steinway still crafts all of its pianos largely by hand, imbuing each one with the promise and burden of its brand.

In this captivating narrative, James Barron of The New York Times tells the story of one Steinway piano, from raw lumber to finished instrument. Barron follows that brand-new piano--known by its number, K0862--on its eleven-month journey through the Steinway factory, where time-honored manufacturing methods vie with modern-day industrial efficiency. He looks over the shoulders of men and women--some second- and third-generation employees, some recently arrived immigrants--who transform wood and steel into a concert grand. Together, they carry on the traditions begun more than 150 years ago by the immigrants who founded Steinway & Sons--a family that soared to prominence in the music world and, for a while, in New York City's political and economic life. Barron also explores the art and science of developing a piano's timbre and character before its first performance, when the essential question will be answered: Does K0862 live up to the Steinway legend?

From start to finish, Piano will charm and enlighten music lovers.



Book News
Barron, a reporter for the New York Times, traces the construction process of a Steinway Concert Grand K0862 over a period of 11 months from 2003 to 2004. Along the way, he relates the history of the company and its founder, Heinrich Engelhard Steinweg, a bit on the general history of the instrument, and describes specifics of the piano-building process and design. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Holtzbrinck
An alluring exploration of the people and the legendary craftsmanship behind a single Steinway piano

Like no other instrument, a grand piano melds engineering feats with the magical sounds of great music: the thunder of a full-throated bass, the bright, delicate trill of the upper treble. Alone among the big piano companies, Steinway still crafts all of its pianos largely by hand, imbuing each one with the promise and burden of its brand.

In this captivating narrative, James Barron of The New York Times tells the story of one Steinway piano, from raw lumber to finished instrument. Barron follows that brand-new piano—known by its number, K0862—on its eleven-month journey through the Steinway factory, where time-honored manufacturing methods vie with modern-day industrial efficiency. He looks over the shoulders of men and women—some second- and third-generation employees, some recently arrived immigrants—who transform wood and steel into a concert grand. Together, they carry on the traditions begun more than 150 years ago by the immigrants who founded Steinway & Sons—a family that soared to prominence in the music world and, for a while, in New York City’s political and economic life. Barron also explores the art and science of developing a piano’s timbre and character before its first performance, when the essential question will be answered: Does K0862 live up to the Steinway legend?

From start to finish, Piano will charm and enlighten music lovers.



Publisher: New York : Times Books, 2006
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780805078787
0805078789
Characteristics: xviii, 280 p. : ill. ; 22 cm

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