The Piano Shop on the Left Bank: Discovering a Forgotten Passion in a Paris Atelier (Google eBook)

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Random House Publishing Group, Jun 12, 2001 - Music - 271 pages
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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. An accidental introduction finally opened the door to the quartier’s oddest hangout, where locals — from university professors to pipefitters — gather on Friday evenings to discuss music, love, and life over a glass of wine.

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

What emerges is 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.

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

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Rediscovering this book after a decade. It still holds a very special place in my library. A story written beautifully of an american writer living in Paris who discovers a little hidden treasure, in ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Jill - Goodreads

You better want to know how a piano is made. Seventy five percent of this book is about the actual making of a piano. Our book club did not enjoy it. Most couldn't get through it. Read full review


Title Page Dedication Acknowledgments
Finding My Piano
The Stingl Arrives
Madame Gaillard
The One That Fits
Miss Pemberton
Fall Boards
The World Becomes Louder
Café Atelier
Un Match Amical
Le Mot Juste
Schola Cantorum

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Thad Carhart has lives in France for much of his life. He was educated at Yale and Stanford and has worked as an events coordinator in the music industry and as communications head of Apple Compter’s European division. A freelance writer and consultant, he lives in Paris with his wife, Simo, and their two children.

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