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88 Keys: the Making of a Steinway Piano

by Chapin, Miles 0 Prato, Rodica

  • ISBN: 9780517703564
  • ISBN10: 0517703564

88 Keys: the Making of a Steinway Piano

by Chapin, Miles 0 Prato, Rodica

  • List Price: $30.00
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Clarkson N Potter Publishers
  • Publish date: 09/01/1997
  • ISBN: 9780517703564
  • ISBN10: 0517703564
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Description: Beloved by concert performers and amateur enthusiasts alike, the Steinway piano is the most complicated piece of machinery made by hand in the world today. Remarkably, it is still being manufactured at the Long Island City, New York, factory that has been its home for more than 125 years. Now Miles Chapin, great-great-grandson of founder Henry Engelhard Steinway, takes you on a journey through the making of the world's greatest musical instrument, from the selection and aging of wood to the delicate voicing of the finished instrument. Along the way, we meet the strong men who bend grand piano rims to their trademark curve, the "belly men" who fit the metal harp to the wooden frame, the carvers who shape the piano's legs and pedal lyre, and the many other craftsmen who have perfected their specialized contributions to the finished product. In this lively history, complete with musical time line, Chapin explains how the grand piano got that way, and how Steinway & Sons achieved greatness by combining innovation and a love of quality with a philosophy of service and dedication to individual musicians that makes each piano a unique work of art. A glossary gives all the necessary definitions for technical terms, and for those who long for a piano of their own, Chapin provides addresses and information on how to buy a piano.
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