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

Random House Trade Paperbacks - Carhart joins the tiny company of foreigners who have written of the French as verbs. 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 for the 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. In part it is a book about that most unpredictable and pleasurable of human experiences, serendipity. What he tries to capture is not the sight of them, but what they see. The new york Times“Thoroughly engaging. Luc, the atelier’s master, proves an indispensable guide to the history and art of the piano.

Grand Obsession: A Piano Odyssey

Scribner - Putting her investigative skills to work, physicists, technicians, passionate amateurs, designers, philosophers, dealers, discovering a tribe of concert artists, she falls down a rabbit hole into a hidden world, composers, and instrument builders--intriguing and eccentric characters all--whose lives have also been transformed by the spell of a piano.

But when marlene arrives at her home in Montana, the sound that transfixed her is gone, the tone dead and dull. New york times "editor's choice. Washington post "best of 2008. This "lucid yet lyrical, reminds us that reason can't always account for what calls to us, analytical yet deeply affecting" Washington Post memoir of one woman's immersion in a fascinating, international piano subculture, but answering that call can lead to life's most profound experiences.

Grand Obsession: A Piano Odyssey - Now in paperback. The daughter of a professional musician, but it wasn't until midlife, Perri Knize was raised in a home saturated in classical music, in the midst of her successful career as an investigative reporter, that she realized she'd missed her true calling--the piano. After a year of lessons, she decides to buy a piano of her own and begins a search for a modestly priced upright.

Inexplicably she cannot be satisfied with any upright she plays, and instead she falls madly, illogically, in love with a rare German grand she discovers in a New York showroom. After a long dalliance, " after dietrich, Knize refinances her house to buy this "magic" instrument she dubs "Marlene, for its sultry voice.

She even hikes into the Austrian Alps to learn how the special trees used to build her piano are grown and harvested.

Finding Fontainebleau: An American Boy in France

Penguin Books - His firsthand account brings to life nothing less than france in the 1950s, built, from the parks and museums of Paris to the rigors of French schooling to the vast château of Fontainebleau and its village, piece by piece, over many centuries. 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.

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.

Finding Fontainebleau: An American Boy in France - Each trip to fontainebleau introduces him to entirely new aspects of the château's history, enriching his memories and leading him to Patrick Ponsot, the head of the château’s restoration, who becomes Carhart’s guide to the hidden Fontainebleau. 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.

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, he began to appreciate its influence on French style, taste, and architecture. What emerges is an intimate chronicle of a time and place few have experienced.

Piano Lessons: Music, Love, and True Adventures

Delta - Fiction. Piano lessons is noah adams's delightful and moving chronicle of his fifty-second year--a year already filled with long, fast workdays and too little spare time--as he answers at last a lifelong call: to learn to play the piano. The twelve monthly chapters span from january--when after decades of growing affection for keyboard artists and artisans he finally plunges in and buys a piano--through December, when as a surprise Christmas present for his wife he dresses in a tuxedo and, he attempts their favorite piece of music, snow falling outside the windows, in flickering candlelight, a difficult third-year composition he's been struggling with in secret to get to this very moment.

Among the up-tempo triumphs and unexpected setbacks, Noah Adams interweaves the rich history and folklore that surround the piano. And along the way, there are encounters with--and insights from--masters of the keyboard, set between the ragtime rhythms and boogie-woogie beats, from Glenn Gould and Leon Fleisher "I was a bit embarrassed, " he writes; "telling Leon Fleisher about my ambitions for piano lessons is like telling Julia Child about plans to make toast in the morning" to Dr.

Piano Lessons: Music, Love, and True Adventures - John and Tori Amos. As a storyteller, Noah Adams has perfect pitch. In the foreground here, are the challenges of learning a complex new skill as an adult, like a familiar melody, when enthusiasm meets the necessary repetition of tedious scales at the end of a twelve-hour workday. Lingering in the background, like a subtle bass line, are the quiet concerns of how we spend our time and how our priorities shift as we proceed through life.

For piano lessons is really an adventure story filled with obstacles to overcome and grand leaps forward, as Noah Adams travels across country and keyboard, eccentric geniuses and quiet moments of pre-dawn practice, pursuing his dream and keeping the rhythm.

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

Bloomsbury USA - Indeed, worse, cd318 came very close to ending up as a series of glider parts or, a casket. 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. 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.

Fiction. 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. Classics. Store, to the tragic moment when the piano was dropped and seriously damaged while being transported from a concert overseas.

A Romance on Three Legs: Glenn Gould's Obsessive Quest for the Perfect Piano - Used book in Good Condition. 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. 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.

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.

Body and Soul: A Novel

Delta - Classics. Fiction. In the dim light of a basement apartment, six-year-old Claude Rawlings sits at an old white piano, picking out the sounds he has heard on the radio and shutting out the reality of his lonely world. The setting is 1940s new york, a city that is "long gone, replaced by another city of the same name.

Against a backdrop that pulses with sound and rhythm, Body & Soul brilliantly evokes the life of a child prodigy whose musical genius pulls him out of squalor and into the drawing rooms of the rich and a gilt-edged marriage. But the same talent that transforms him also hurtles Claude into a lonely world of obsession and relentless ambition.

Body and Soul: A Novel - Used book in Good Condition. From carnegie hall to the smoky jazz clubs of london, Body & Soul burns with passion and truth--at once a riveting, compulsive read and a breathtaking glimpse into a boy's heart and an artist's soul.

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

W. W. Norton & Company - W w norton Company. While many cities suffer from the leveling effects of globalization, the rue des Martyrs maintains its distinct allure. 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.

Sciolino reveals the charms and idiosyncrasies of this street and its longtime residents―the Tunisian greengrocer, the showman who’s been running a transvestite cabaret for more than half a century, the owner of a 100-year-old bookstore, the husband-and-wife cheesemongers, 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 - On this street, the patron saint of France was beheaded and the Jesuits took their first vows. 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.

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux - W w norton Company. Classics. From pithy reflections on tone, and the thorny matter of thumbs to ruminations on how such a machine could be the voice and repository of priceless human messages both lyrical and complex, piano-playing, Piano Pieces examines the current status of music, technique, and pedagogy through the noisy filter of contemporary culture.

Tracking provided on most orders. Notes: brand new from publisher! 100% satisfaction guarantee. Isbn13: 9780374525002. Condition: New. Fiction. Russell sherman has been hailed as "that rarest of performers--a thinking man's virtuoso" Chicago Tribune, and Piano Pieces is his scintillating excursion into the world of piano and its multiple spheres of affect and influence.

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

Skyhorse - Tracking provided on most orders. Skyhorse publishing is proud to revive Playing Piano for Pleasure. Buy with confidence! Millions of books sold! 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.

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. Used book in Good Condition. Classics. In addition to his own thoughts, artists, Cooke includes material from his interviews with master pianists, and writers.

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Play It Again: An Amateur Against the Impossible

Farrar, Straus and Giroux - Notes: brand new from publisher! 100% satisfaction guarantee. Play it again deals with focus, above all, and desire but is, discipline, about the sanctity of one's inner life in a world dominated by deadlines and distractions. What will you do with your twenty minutes? Fiction. But increasingly in midlife, he feels the gravitational pull of music―especially the piano.

In between, there were the Japanese tsunami, the Arab Spring, the English riots . 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.

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Across the Endless River

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Across the Endless River - In 1823 eighteen-year-old baptiste is invited to cross the Atlantic with the young Duke Paul of Württemberg, whom he meets on the frontier. Classics. Buy with confidence! Millions of books sold! As we follow this young man on his intriguing sojourn, languages, this remarkable novel resonates with the richness of three distinct cultures, and customs.

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