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978-0-375-50304-7 / 0375503048

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

by Thad Carhart

Publisher:Random House

Edition:Hardcover

Language:English

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About the book:

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 quartiers 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 ateliers master, proves an excellent guide to the history of this most gloriously impractical of instruments. A bewildering variety passes through his restorers 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 Thads 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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