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

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Random House Publishing Group, Jun 12, 2001 - Music - 288 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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User Review  - BookConcierge - LibraryThing

EXCELLENT. A memoir of rediscovering the joys of the piano. An American writer, living in Paris, discovers a quaint little piano shop where the proprietor refuses entry to his shop where he repairs ... Read full review

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User Review  - Cleoxcat - LibraryThing

Excellent read! A character study of pianos, the French, and Paris. Thad Carhart took a subject I would consider rather dull (pianos)and turned it into a narrative I found hard to put down. Read full review

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Contents

1
Finding My Piano
The Stingl Arrives
Madame Gaillard
The One That Fits
Miss Pemberton
7
How It Works
Café Atelier
Un Match Amical
Tuning
Le Mot Juste
Schola Cantorum
Smoking
The Deal
Beethovens Piano

Fall Boards
The World Becomes Louder
Lessons
Master Classes
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About the author (2001)

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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