Piano: The Making of a Steinway Concert Grand (2020)

Piano The Making of a Steinway Concert Grand An alluring exploration of the people and the legendary craftsmanship behind a single Steinway pianoLike no other instrument a grand piano melds engineering feats with the magical sounds of great mus
  • Title: Piano: The Making of a Steinway Concert Grand
  • Author: James Barron
  • ISBN: 9780805078787
  • Page: 284
  • Format: Hardcover
  • An alluring exploration of the people and the legendary craftsmanship behind a single Steinway pianoLike 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 bAn alluring exploration of the people and the legendary craftsmanship behind a single Steinway pianoLike 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 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.
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    1. So, I ve been on a non fiction run for a month or so now Picked this up at a book sale for a pianist friend, but couldn t resist reading it before I gave it to him A fascinating and detailed look into Steinway and piano history and building and even performance So many times I found myself saying that is so cool You don t have to be a musical genius to appreciate this book.

    2. As a musician, I have a special relationship with all of my instruments I name them based on their personalities and abilities I take time to get to know them, figuring out the best way to play them to achieve what I want Some are rejected because they don t feel right whereas others become favorites that I miss playing when they are no longer available I have heard some musicians refer to them as just tools, but I know better I have experienced that rare and intangible moment of ecstasy when th [...]

    3. This book is a great read for anyone interested in the Steinway company history, or how they hand make each piano I really enjoyed the history and gained a new appreciation for the craftsmanship Each piano really is a piece of art.

    4. One of my favourite authors for years was Tracy Kidder Soul of a New Machine, House, Among Schoolchildren , who was one of the first I read who wrote non fiction that read like fiction Now, there are many such books, and authors I ve found another James Barron, author of Piano the making of a Steinway Concert Grand He carries us along through the Steinway factory, and through the process of the building of one piano, K0862 actually the main character in this story It was absolutely fascinating e [...]

    5. Tremendous and fascinating detail about Steinway manufacturing and history, but not being skilled at 3 dimensional rendering in my head, I d have loved lots pictures and diagrams Still, to learn that the gold lettering of the Steinway logo is real gold leaf, and that it s applied after some lacquer and before layers of lacquer the gold repels the lacquer so it doesn t stick was really neat If details like that delight you, you ll love this, but if you aren t really into pianos, you ll probably [...]

    6. PIANO, by James Barron, is an intimate look at the making of a Steinway concert grand piano and all of the varied pieces, parts and hands that go into making it Barron followed a single piano on its journey from pieces of wood and metal to its home on the stage at Metropolitan museum, allowing the reader to see along the way not only the intricacies of any single instrument, but also the varied history of Steinway Sons and the people whose lives have been dedicated to the future of this art form [...]

    7. This is an interesting book that traces the production of a top of the line Steinway grand piano from start to finish It is perhaps the ultimate example of craft production, where all of the instrument is hand made and virtually no efforts are made at rationalizing production The story is an interesting one and is well told The background information on Steinway as a company.How the company has tried to adapt to changes in the musical world and in the business world is as interesting a story, bu [...]

    8. As per NYTimes book review James Barron of Times tells the story of one Steinway piano, from raw lumber to finished instrument Barron follows that new piano known by its number, K0862 on its journey through the factory, where time honored traditions vie with modern day efficiency He also explores the art and science of developing a piano s timbre and character before its debut, when the essential question will be answered Does K0862 live up to the Steinway legend

    9. Really, I give this 4.5 stars It s really a very interesting book if you know a fair amount about the piano and the music written for it I suspect that someone who hasn t spent much time around a piano would find this a lot drier than I did, having spent my whole life around pianos Anyway, it was really interesting for me to learn about all the work and there s a LOT of it that goes into making a concert piano This was the highlight of my week

    10. Follow a Steinway grand piano from its beginnings as pieces of lumber to its triumphant career which I won t disclose, to avoid having to click spoiler alert.I found this book a little dry, especially in the first half, which concentrates on the piano s construction Once the piano quits being lumber and becomes a musical instrument, the author generates some suspense about what will happen to it, which I found effective.

    11. I loved this book It s not for everyone but if you have ever played the piano, have ever seen a grand piano, or listened to piano music, this might be for you Absolutely fascinated me to read about how a concert grand is made I loved that we get to meet the individuals who make the piano As I would stop reading and look at my own piano This book made me realize what an amazing machine a piano is I, also, like the history of the Steinway family.

    12. I found this book so interesting The background information about the Steinway family how they got into the piano business and have lasted through the years was great Some of the parts about building the piano were a little vague I would have loved some detailed drawings so I could look at what he was talking about Overall a great read.

    13. Pace was a bit too slow for me, and some of the technical details were belabored Perhaps a bit disappointing because I really wanted to like this book before I started reading it Overall, it was still enjoyable though and the book brought back memories of piano lessons growing up.

    14. Jared gave this book to Becky thought I d give it a try Was really interesting I ll never look at a piano the same again.

    15. Fairly dry, but for some reason or another interesting I woule like to visit the Steinway factory in Queens Lots of work in making a piano.

    16. Purchased new after reading a review An interesting biography of a Steinway Concert Grand and the story of the company too I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

    17. I ve always love the piano, now I know how they re made and a good bit of their history too Recommended for piano lovers.

    18. A great window into not only the complexities of building a great instrument, but the evolution of the piano and the piano music business I recommend this to music piano hobbyists

    19. If you love the piano, this is a book for you The author follows a Steinway from the trees to the concert hall Fascinating.

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