88 Keys: The Making of a Steinway Piano

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Hal Leonard Corporation, 2006 - Music - 143 pages
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(Amadeus). More than 500 people are involved in the creation of just one of the world's greatest pianos, the Steinway. From the selection and aging of wood to the delicate voicing of the finished instrument, this special reissue of 88 Keys The Making of a Steinway Piano relates the story behind the instrument's intricate formation, as told by Miles Chapin, a fifth-generation descendant of Steinway's founder, Henry Engelhard Steinway. Readers will learn about how the piano gets its 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 craftspeople who have perfected their specialized contributions to the finished product. They'll also get an insider's look into the company's history against a timeline of major worldwide music events, and into the roles of piano greats, including Anton Rubinstein and Sergei Rachmaninoff, in contributing to its prominence. A glossary of technical terms is included. For music lovers, aspiring musicians, and pianists everywhere.
 

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Arts journalist and actor Chapin is unusually well qualified to write a book on the Steinway: His great-great-grandfather founded the company that produces it. But unfortunately, Chapin's efforts fall ... Read full review

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Contents

A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE INSTRUMENT AND ITS MAKERS
11
MATERIALS
35
THE SOUNDBOARD THE BRIDGE AND THE PHYSICS OF SOUND
51
THE KEYBOARD AND THE ACTION
63
THE RIM AND THE CASE
75
THE HARP AND THE STRINGS
91
ASSEMBLY
103
VOICING
115
FINISHING
123
ARIA DA CAPO
132
APPENDIX
136
GLOSSARYINDEX
137
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About the author (2006)

Miles Chapin is a writer and an actor who has contributed to many magazines and appeared in more than a dozen feature films.

Rodica Prato is an illustrator who lives and works in New York. She illustrates for books and magazines on a wide range of subjects. Most recently, she has illustrated The Making of a Steinway Piano, The Gardener's Apprentice, and three books for Martha Stewart.

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