Carhart rediscovered his love of the piano when he came across Luc and his atelier in a little store in his Paris neighborhood. Luc's shop, crammed full of dismantled pianos and arcane repair tools, draws locals -- from University professors to car mechanics -- who gather to discuss music, love and life over a glass of wine. Intertwined with this ...
Carhart rediscovered his love of the piano when he came across Luc and his atelier in a little store in his Paris neighborhood. Luc's shop, crammed full of dismantled pianos and arcane repair tools, draws locals -- from University professors to car mechanics -- who gather to discuss music, love and life over a glass of wine. Intertwined with this story of a musical friendship, are reflections on how pianos work, their glorious history and the people who care for them, from the most amateur pianist to the tuners and craftsmen who make the mechanism sing.
Publishers Weekly, 2001-01-08 In this engaging memoir, an American writer living in Paris recounts his experiences in a piano shop tucked into an out-of-the way street on the rive gauche. Because the elderly proprietor refuses to admit strangers to the atelier where he repairs, rebuilds and sells used pianos to select customers, Carhart does not at first get in. But with an introduction from another client and the help of the owner's younger assistant and heir apparent, Luc, Carhart is finally welcomed into a magical space crowded with pianos of all makes and vintages. Soon he becomes one of the favored insiders who stop by nearly every day to gossip and talk about pianos with Luc. Luc's love of pianos is so infectious that Carhart's own childhood passion for the instrument is rekindled. He starts to take lessons again and buys a piano for his small apartment, a purchase that takes some time, for Luc, who regards a piano as a member of a family, prides himself on finding instruments compatible with his customers. Caught up in Luc's zeal, Carhart immerses himself in the history and mechanics of the piano, and he includes chapters on the craft of piano making, the instrument's development over the centuries and the fine points of tuning. In his renewed fascination, he reflects on piano teachers, those of his childhood as well as several renowned teachers of today. Carhart conveys his affection for Luc, the atelier and the piano with such enthusiasm that readers might be inspired to return to their own childhood instrument. At the very least, they will enjoy this warmhearted, intelligent insight into a private Paris. (Apr. 20) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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