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

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ISBN13: 9780375507007
ISBN10: 0375507000
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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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The author passes a little storefront in Paris every day and finally enters to find a shop filled with dismantled pianos where, on Fridays, local people gather to discuss music, love, and life over a glass of wine.

About the Author

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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jonnyhops, January 25, 2007 (view all comments by jonnyhops)
This book is very smooth and the craftsmanship is fluid. Thad Carhart brings to life his adventure of finding that missing piano piece to his muscial puzzle, and the joy it brings him.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780375507007
Subtitle:
Discovering a Forgotten Passion in a Paris Atelier
Publisher:
Random House
Author:
Carhart, Thad
Author:
Carhart, Thaddeus
Author:
Thaddeus Carhart
Subject:
History
Subject:
Musical Instruments - Piano
Subject:
Composers & Musicians
Subject:
Americans
Subject:
Family/Interpersonal Memoir
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Composers & Musicians - General
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography-Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Music-Musical Instruments - Piano
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography-Composers & Musicians - General
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Composers & Musicians - General
Subject:
Music : Musical Instruments - Piano
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : General
Subject:
Piano
Subject:
Rive gauche
Subject:
Biography-Composers and Musicians
Subject:
Biography - General
Subject:
Music-Books on Piano and Harpsichord
Subject:
Music instruments
Subject:
Travel Writing-France
Subject:
Travel Writing-Europe
Subject:
Travel Writing-General
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20010401
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
271

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Arts and Entertainment » Music » Instruction and Study » Music Appreciation
Arts and Entertainment » Music » Instruments » Piano and Keyboard
Biography » Composers and Musicians
Biography » General
History and Social Science » Sociology » General
History and Social Science » World History » France » General

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"Synopsis" by , The author passes a little storefront in Paris every day and finally enters to find a shop filled with dismantled pianos where, on Fridays, local people gather to discuss music, love, and life over a glass of wine.
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