Grand Obsession

Grand Obsession

A Piano Odyssey

eBook - 2009 | First Scribner trade paperback edition.
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Author Knize had played piano as a child and suddenly feels that she must buy one and start again. What begins as a modest search ends when she falls in love with the sound of a rare and pricey German grand. Once shipped to her home, the magical sound is gone. So begins the author's obsessive quest to restore her piano to its rightful sound, and to understand its elusive power. She finds an international subculture of piano aficionados--concert artists, passionate amateurs, dealers, technicians, composers, and builders; she visits the German workshop where her piano was made, and even the Alpine forest where the trees are carefully selected. With each step, Knize draws ever closer to uncovering the reason her piano's sound vanished, how to get it back, and the deeper secret of how music leads us to a direct experience of the nature of reality.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York :, Scribner,, 2009.
Edition: First Scribner trade paperback edition.
ISBN: 9781416546009
1416546006
9780743276399
0743276396
Characteristics: 1 online resource (viii, 371 pages)
Contents: Epiphany
A lesson with Mozart
Piano lessons
The piano party
The search begins
Piano world
Piano row
Meeting Marlene
The sell
Delivery
The inspection
The voicer
A piano education
Beethoven's warehouse
The piano crawl
Tom
Hammers
The voicers
The grotrians
Szott's secret
The anthroposophist
Revelation
Physics and metaphysics
Braunschweig
Austria
Mittenwald
Healing Marlene
Marc's return.
Summary: Author Knize had played piano as a child and suddenly feels that she must buy one and start again. What begins as a modest search ends when she falls in love with the sound of a rare and pricey German grand. Once shipped to her home, the magical sound is gone. So begins the author's obsessive quest to restore her piano to its rightful sound, and to understand its elusive power. She finds an international subculture of piano aficionados--concert artists, passionate amateurs, dealers, technicians, composers, and builders; she visits the German workshop where her piano was made, and even the Alpine forest where the trees are carefully selected. With each step, Knize draws ever closer to uncovering the reason her piano's sound vanished, how to get it back, and the deeper secret of how music leads us to a direct experience of the nature of reality.--From publisher description.

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