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.
(Southern Music). Former Clarinet soloist with both the Philadelphia and Cleveland Orchestras, Daniel Bonade, compiled this repertoire rich collection that incorporates many of the most performed solo repertoire for the clarinet.
This lavishly illustrated book treats the history of the piano from its invention in 1700 to the present in terms of its technology. Looking at the technologies of design, materials, and manufacture, and focusing its description on specific existing pianos, it describes the changes in pianos from the earliest days to contemporary instruments. This revised edition incorporates the results of recent research that increases knowledge of the work of Bartolomeo Cristofori, the inventor of the piano; changes perceptions of how eighteenth-century pianos were made and used; adds to the available information about the important contributions of the Steinway Company; and describes the most recent changes to the piano. The first edition of this book received the Otto Kinkeldey Award of the American Musicological Society as the best musicological book in English published in 1982-83. Reviews of the First Edition "If you have ever looked under the lid of a piano and wondered about the technical how and why of it all, this is the book to sate your curiosity. . . . Good's vigorous prose breathes life into the technology . . . and brings forward the people involved, with humor and sensitivity." âLos Angeles Times "This is a fine book. Accurate technical description, an abundance of photographs and drawings, and a very readable text complement a provocative thesis." âTechnology and Culture "Intriguing reading. It turns out that the story of the piano and its evolution . . . is rife with human interest, at least when Good relates the details." âKeyboard
An internationally renowned manufacturer, designer, and inventor of piano-making machinery presents a history of the development of the 19th-century piano. Photographs of instruments, working diagrams, and portraits of important personalities accompany the text.Â Covers automatic instruments, including player pianos. "Invaluable data about American piano making." â Grove's.
This vintage book is a comprehensive history of the development of the piano from the monochord to the concert grand player piano. âPianos And Their Makersâ provides extensive historical information on notable figures and their contributions to the evolution of the piano. It is highly recommended for those with an interest in musical history and would make for a fantastic addition to collections of related literature. Contents include: âThe Monochord, Pythagoras, Guido of Arezzo, the Chinese Keâ, âThe Clavicytherium, Italy and Germanyâ, âThe Clavichord, Daniel Faber, Bach, Beethovenâ, âThe Spinet, Giovanni Spinnettiâ, âThe Harpsichord and its Developmentâ, âThe Pianoforte, Christofori, Marius, SchrÃ¶ter, Silbermann, Backers, Stein, Germam, Austrian, and English Schools, Friedericiâ, etc. Many vintage books such as this are increasingly scarce and expensive. We are republishing âMedicinal Plantsâ now in an affordable, modern edition complete with a specially commissioned new introduction. First published in 1911.
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People and Pianos: A Century of Service to Music 122 pp. A history of the Steinway piano company, with commentary on the science behind the construction of the instrument, with reproductions of related photographs and documents throughout.