The Piano Shop on the Left Bank

The Piano Shop on the Left Bank

Discovering A Forgotten Passion in A Paris Atelier

Book - 2001
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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.
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2001
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780375503047
Branch Call Number: 786.2092 CARHART
Characteristics: xii, 271 p. ; 22 cm


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Jun 24, 2018

Highly recommended for all musician's or anyone who ever tried to play a piano. Barry Zaslow's book review published by the Library Journal really nails the essence of Carhart's book.

geezr_rdr Jun 06, 2012

This is a wonderful read. If you are a latent Parisian, a piano affectionado, or enjoyed Midnight in Paris (film), this book will speak to you.

Oct 21, 2004

This is a lovely book about the author''s rediscovery of his love for playing the piano, sparked by his discovery of a mysterious piano repair studio in his Paris neighbourhood. The writing is lyrical and fluid -- it''s incredibly enjoyable to read. Chock-full of bits and pieces of information about the history and mechanics of pianos. A must-read for anyone who''s ever taken piano lessons!


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