The Piano Shop on the Left Bank: Discovering a Forgotten Passion in a Paris Atelier

Random House #ad - Great hulking beasts of thunderous voice. And the modest piano “with the heart of a lion” that was to become Thad’s own. A bewildering variety passes through his restorer’s hands: delicate ancient pianofortes, one perhaps the onetime possession of Beethoven. Luc, the atelier’s master, proves an excellent guide to the history of this most gloriously impractical of instruments.

. An accidental introduction finally opened the door to the quartier’s oddest hangout, love, where locals—from university professors to pipefitters—gather on Friday evenings to discuss music, and life over a glass of wine. A warm and intuitive portrait of the secret paris—one closed to all but a knowing few—The Piano Shop on the Left Bank is the perfect book for music lovers, or for anyone who longs to recapture a lost passion.

The Piano Shop on the Left Bank: Discovering a Forgotten Passion in a Paris Atelier #ad - Thad carhart never realized there was a gap in his life until he happened upon Desforges Pianos, a demure little shopfront in his Pairs neighborhood that seemed to want to hide rather than advertise its wares. Like alice in wonderland, he found his attempts to gain entry rebuffed at every turn.


Grand Obsession: A Piano Odyssey

Scribner #ad - With each step of her journey, how to get it back, Knize draws ever-closer to uncovering the reason her piano's sound vanished, and the deeper secret of how music leads us to a direct experience of the nature of reality. Devastated, she calls in one piano technician after another to "fix" it, but no one can.

The daughter of a professional musician, Knize was raised in a home saturated in classical music, but years have passed since she last played the instrument that mesmerized her most: the piano. Along the way she plays hundreds of pianos, new and vintage, always listening for the bewitching tone she once heard from her own grand, rare and common, a sound she cannot forget.

What begins as a search for a modestly priced upright leads Knize through dozens of piano stores all over the country, and eventually ends in a New York City showroom where she falls madly in love with the sound of a rare and pricey German grand. Surprised by a sudden, belated realization that she is meant to devote her life to the instrument, she finds a teacher and soon decides to buy a piano of her own.

In germany, she watches the workers who built her piano shape wood, and steel into musical instruments, wool, iron, and learns why each has its own unique voice. This journey leads her into an international subculture of piano aficionados -- concert artists, composers, dealers, and builders -- intriguing characters all, passionate amateurs, technicians, whose lives have also been transformed by the spell of a piano.

Grand Obsession: A Piano Odyssey #ad - When at last she sits down to play, almost delirious with anticipation, the magical sound is gone and the tone is dead and dull. In new york, she visits the high-strung technician who prepared her piano for the showroom, and learns how a wire tightened just so, or an artfully softened hammer can transform an unremarkable instrument into one that touches listeners to their core.


Finding Fontainebleau: An American Boy in France

Penguin Books #ad - Each trip to fontainebleau introduces him to entirely new aspects of the château's history, the head of the château’s restoration, enriching his memories and leading him to Patrick Ponsot, who becomes Carhart’s guide to the hidden Fontainebleau. Finding fontainebleau is for those captivated by the French way of life, for armchair travelers, and for anyone who has ever fallen in love with a place they want to visit over and over again.

Then there was the château itself: a sprawling palace once the residence of kings, its grounds the perfect place to play hide-and-seek. Touring fontainebleau again as an adult, art, taste, he began to appreciate its influence on French style, and architecture. His firsthand account brings to life nothing less than france in the 1950s, piece by piece, built, from the parks and museums of Paris to the rigors of French schooling to the vast château of Fontainebleau and its village, over many centuries.

Finding Fontainebleau: An American Boy in France #ad - The curiosities of the small town and the time with his family as expats left such an impression on him that thirty years later Carhart returned to France with his wife to raise their two children. Winner of the french heritage literary awarda beguiling memoir of a childhood in 1950s France from the much-admired New York Times bestselling author of The Piano Shop on the Left Bank"Like the castle, Carhart's memoir imaginatively and smoothly integrates multiple influences, styles and whims.

The new york times                                    for a young american boy in the 1950s, home to a continual series of adventures: a different language to learn, weekend visits to nearby Paris, Fontainebleau was a sight both strange and majestic, family road trips to Spain and Italy.

In warm, precise prose, carhart reconstructs the wonders of his childhood as an American in postwar France, attending French schools with his brothers and sisters. What emerges is an intimate chronicle of a time and place few have experienced.


Play It Again: An Amateur Against the Impossible

Farrar, Straus and Giroux #ad - With pyrotechnic passages that require feats of memory, and power, dexterity, the piece is one that causes alarm even in battle-hardened concert pianists. But increasingly in midlife, he feels the gravitational pull of music—especially the piano. As he writes in his introduction, "Perhaps if I'd known then what else would soon be happening in my day job, I might have had second thoughts.

And the death of Osama Bin Laden, " writes Rusbridger. As editor of the guardian, one of the world's foremost newspapers, Alan Rusbridger abides by the relentless twenty-four-hour news cycle. The test would be to "nibble out" twenty minutes per day to do something totally unrelated to the above. Rusbridger's description of mastering the Ballade is hugely engaging, yet his subject is clearly larger than any one piece of classical music.

Play It Again: An Amateur Against the Impossible #ad - 1 in g minor, arguably one of the most difficult Romantic compositions in the repertory. But the particular year Rusbridger chooses turns out to be one of frenetic intensity. Play it again deals with focus, and desire but is, discipline, above all, about the sanctity of one's inner life in a world dominated by deadlines and distractions.

What will you do with your twenty minutes? In between, the arab spring, there were the Japanese tsunami, the English riots .


A Romance on Three Legs: Glenn Gould's Obsessive Quest for the Perfect Piano

Bloomsbury USA #ad - We learn how a concert grand is built, and the fascinating story of how Steinway & Sons weathered the war years by supplying materials for the military effort. The book has already been lauded by kevin Bazzana, author of the definitive Gould biography, who notes that Hafner "has clarified some old mysteries and turned up many fresh details.

". A romance on three legs is the story of Gould's love for this piano, from the first moment of discovery, in a Toronto dept. Hafner also introduces us to the world and art of piano tuning, the blind tuner Verne Edquist, including a central character in Gould's life, who lovingly attended to CD318 for more than two decades.

Store, to the tragic moment when the piano was dropped and seriously damaged while being transported from a concert overseas. Indeed, cd318 came very close to ending up as a series of glider parts or, worse, a casket. But perhaps gould's greatest obsession of all was for a particular piano, and D, a Steinway concert grand known as CD318 C, meaning for the use of Steinway Concert Artists only, denoting it as the largest that Steinway built.

A Romance on Three Legs: Glenn Gould's Obsessive Quest for the Perfect Piano #ad - Glenn gould was famous for his obsessions: the scarves, sweaters and fingerless gloves that he wore even on the hottest summer days; his deep fear of germs and illness; the odd wooden "pygmy" chair that he carried with him wherever he performed; and his sudden withdrawal from the public stage at the peak of his career.


Playing the Piano for Pleasure: The Classic Guide to Improving Skills Through Practice and Discipline

Skyhorse #ad - With the wonderful writing one would expect from a longtime New Yorker reporter, Piano aficionado Charles Cooke, offers concrete routines for improving your piano performance. Skyhorse publishing is proud to revive Playing Piano for Pleasure. In addition to his own thoughts, Cooke includes material from his interviews with master pianists, artists, and writers.

The result is a book that should be cherished for years to come. A pleasant and constant cheerleader, Cooke asks readers to practice every day, suggesting that they work through just that section time and again until it is perfect.


Piano Notes: The Hidden World of the Pianist

Penguin #ad - In this eloquent, including vladimir horowitz's recording tricks, from the physical challenges of playing to tales of great musicians, intimate exploration of the delights and demands of the piano, world-renowned concert pianist and music writer Charles Rosen draws on a lifetime's wisdom to consider every aspect of the instrument: from what makes a beautiful sound to suffering from stage fright, Rachmaninov's hands and why Artur Rubenstein applied hairspray to the keys.

Gracefully blending anecdote, history, expertise and memoir, Piano Notes will enchant anyone with a passion for music.


The Only Street in Paris: Life on the Rue des Martyrs

W. W. Norton & Company #ad - The only street in paris will make readers hungry for Paris, for cheese and wine, and for the kind of street life that is all too quickly disappearing. I can never be sad on the rue des Martyrs, " Sciolino explains, as she celebrates the neighborhood’s rich history and vibrant lives. While many cities suffer from the leveling effects of globalization, the rue des Martyrs maintains its distinct allure.

On this street, the patron saint of France was beheaded and the Jesuits took their first vows. Sciolino reveals the charms and idiosyncrasies of this street and its longtime residents—the Tunisian greengrocer, the husband-and-wife cheesemongers, the owner of a 100-year-old bookstore, the showman who’s been running a transvestite cabaret for more than half a century, the woman who repairs eighteenth-century mercury barometers—bringing Paris alive in all of its unique majesty.

The Only Street in Paris: Life on the Rue des Martyrs #ad - A new york times bestseller"sciolino’s sharply observed account serves as a testament to…Paris—the city of light, of literature, of life itself. The new yorkerelaine sciolino, the former paris bureau Chief of the New York Times, invites us on a tour of her favorite Parisian street, offering an homage to street life and the pleasures of Parisian living.

It was here that edgar degas and pierre-auguste renoir painted circus acrobats, Emile Zola situated a lesbian dinner club in his novel Nana, and François Truffaut filmed scenes from The 400 Blows.


Piano: The Making of a Steinway Concert Grand

Times Books #ad - Together, for a while, 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, 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.

An alluring exploration of the people and the legendary craftsmanship behind a single Steinway pianoLike no other instrument, the bright, a grand piano melds engineering feats with the magical sounds of great music: the thunder of a full-throated bass, delicate trill of the upper treble. 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.

Piano: The Making of a Steinway Concert Grand #ad - In this captivating narrative, james Barron of The New York Times tells the story of one Steinway piano, from raw lumber to finished instrument. 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.

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.


Parisians: An Adventure History of Paris

W. W. Norton & Company #ad - A well-dressed woman, fleeing the Louvre, takes a wrong turn and loses her way in the nameless streets of the Left Bank. Later that night Napoleon Bonaparte writes a meticulous account of his first sexual encounter. The result is a resonant, intimate history with the power of a great novel. From the revolution to the present, of the lives of the great, the near-great, Graham Robb has distilled a series of astonishing true narratives, all stranger than fiction, and the forgotten.

A young artillery lieutenant, strolling through the Palais-Royal, observes disapprovingly the courtesans plying their trade. The new york times bestseller: the secrets of the City of Light, the near-great, revealed in the lives of the great, and the forgotten—by the author of the acclaimed The Discovery of France.

Parisians: An Adventure History of Paris #ad - This is the Paris you never knew. For want of a map—there were no reliable ones at the time—Marie-Antoinette will go to the guillotine. Baudelaire, adolf hitler touring the occupied capital in the company of his generals, baron haussmann, the photographer Marville, Proust, Charles de Gaulle who is suspected of having faked an assassination attempt in Notre Dame—these and many more are Robb’s cast of characters, the real-life Mimi of La Boheme, and the settings range from the quarries and catacombs beneath the streets to the grand monuments to the appalling suburbs ringing the city today.

A particular woman catches his eye; nature takes its course.