Note By Note (The Making of Steinway L1037)
Note By Note (The Making of Steinway L1037) Previous Broadcasts
KQED 9: Tue, Aug 25, 2015 -- 1:30 PM
This program follows the creation of a Steinway concert grand, #L1037 - from forest floor to concert hall. It explores the relationship between musician and instrument, chronicles the manufacturing process and illustrates what makes each Steinway unique in this age of mass production. From the factory floor in Queens to Steinway Hall in Manhattan, each piano's journey is complex - spanning 12 months, 12, 000 parts, 450 craftsmen, and countless hours of fine-tuned labor. It is a celebration of not just craftsmanship, but of a dying breed of person who is deeply connected to working by hand. In the end, it reminds us how extraordinary the dialogue can be between an artist and an instrument - crafted out of human hands but borne of the materials of nature. The film features interviews and performances with a number of world-class artists including Lang Lang, Helene Grimaud, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Harry Connick, Jr., Hank Jones, Marcus Roberts, Kenny Barron and Bill Charlap.