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

ISBN-10: 0375758623
ISBN-13: 9780375758621
Edition: 2001
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Description: Walking his two young children to school every morning, Thad Carhart passes an unassuming little storefront in his Paris neighborhood. Intrigued by its simple signDesforges Pianoshe enters, only to have his way barred by the shop's imperious owner.  More...

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Book details

List price: $17.00
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 3/12/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 5.50" wide x 11.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

Walking his two young children to school every morning, Thad Carhart passes an unassuming little storefront in his Paris neighborhood. Intrigued by its simple signDesforges Pianoshe enters, only to have his way barred by the shop's imperious owner. Unable to stifle his curiosity, he finally lands the proper introduction, and a world previously hidden is brought into view. Luc, the atelier's master, proves an indispensable guide to the history and art of the piano. Intertwined with the story of a musical friendship are reflections on how pianos work, their glorious history, and stories of the people who care for them, from amateur pianists to the craftsmen who make the mechanism sing. The Piano Shop on the Left Bank is at once a beguiling portrait of a Paris not found on any map and a tender account of the awakening of a lost childhood passion. Praise forThe Piano Shop on the Left Bank: "[Carhart's] writing is fluid and lovely enough to lure the rustiest plunker back to the piano bench and the most jaded traveler back to Paris." San Francisco Chronicle "Captivating . . . [Carhart] joins the tiny company of foreigners who have written of the French as verbs. . . . What he tries to capture is not the sight of them, but what they see." The New York Times "Thoroughly engaging . . . In part it is a book about that most unpredictable and pleasurable of human experiences, serendipity. . . . The book is also about something more difficult to pin down, friendship and community." The Washington Post "Carhart writes with a sensuousness enhanced by patience and grounded by the humble acquisition of new insight into music, his childhood, and his relationship to the city of Paris." The New Yorker NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BYTHE WASHINGTON POST BOOK WORLD

Acknowledgments
Luc
Finding My Piano
The Stingl Arrives
Madame Gaillard
The One That Fits
Miss Pemberton
Jos
How It Works
Fall Boards
The World Becomes Louder
Lessons
Cafe Atelier
Un Match Amical
Tuning
Le Mot Juste
Schola Cantorum
Smoking Gun
The Deal
Beethoven's Piano
Master Classes
Play Is the Soul of the Machine
Fazioli
Mathilde
Another Dream Piano
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