Note by Note: The Making of Steinway L1037
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Note by Note follows the creation of a Steinway concert grand, #L1037, from forest floor to concert hall. Each piano s journey is complex, spanning 12 months, 12,000 parts, 450 craftsmen, and countless hours of fine-tuned labor. Filmed in key Steinway locations the factory, Steinway s reserved Bank, and the rooms of private auditions Note by Note is a loving celebration not just of craftsmanship, but of a dying breed of person who is deeply connected to working by hand. In the end, this is an ode to the most unexpected of unsung heroes. 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.
Featuring famed pianists such as Harry Connick, Jr., and Lang Lang, NOTE BY NOTE follows the year-long, hand-crafted creation of a Steinway concert grand piano from forest floor to concert hall.
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The building of this particular piano - unglamorously titled L1037 - is interspersed with episodes of some famous and diverse pianists dropping into the Steinway showroom to select just the right piano for their next performance. Featured are classical artists Helene Grimaud, Pierre-Laurant Aimard and Chinese dynamo Lang Lang (who is hilariously impromptu and impressive here) - as well as some jazz artists as Harry Connick Jr.
I'm not a pianist, but I can easily imagine how special it is to play a Steinway Grand, especially one that ideally suits your tastes. (I suspect playing an Italian Fazioloi Concert Grand would also inspire the same). Seeing the intricacies of these pianos in this DVD will only highten your appreciation and understanding of how thousands of individual efforts by dozens of craftspeople over the course of the year in production leads to that magical, full, bell-like tone a trained ear can readily identify as "Steinway." A unique and delightful story of an American legend wonderfully suited for family appreciation. 5 stars
Each step of the process of creating the piano, here the selected piano is numbered L1037, is explained and demonstrated but that is where this film is so very unlike other films that attempt to achieve the same 'this is how it is done' process: this is a story of a 'lover' passed from person to person until the wooden and metal and pad-filled 'box' is presented to the hands of a variety of musicians for the acid test. Throughout the film we are in conversation with such pianists as Hélène Grimaud, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Lang Lang, Harry Connick, Jr. and Hank Jones. But the real radiance of this film directed by Ben Niles is the series of tender tributes each of the workers adds when attempting to describe how working to build a Steinway is as rewarding an occupation as possible. This little film is a quiet love story and very awe inspiring. Grady Harp, July 11
Most Recent Customer Reviews
superurb, shows how the player can speak to the piano which in turn speaks to us.Published 4 days ago by Harriet F Rudd
Surprising how many pianists know so little about the construction of their instrument. A must have for serious pianists.Published 2 months ago by Thomas Veregge
Loved each and every minute of this most interesting and educational story .We see the soul and life breathed into the most beautiful instrument . Read morePublished 3 months ago by HELAINE CORBER
Wish it had more detail of the steps of buillding a grand, but you get to see the important stuff. Loved the music and the interviews with the artists.Published 4 months ago by Ken Okin
Such an interesting documentary about the grand piano and company.Published 6 months ago by Jillian Kadrlik
It was a great documentary. I especially enjoyed seeing how dedicated the people working at Steinway are about what they do every day, and the pride they have being part of a... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Dennis Suarez
The DVD attempts too much and thus comes across disjointed and disorganized. It does follow the making of a Steinway piano but the sections on piano building are disrupted by... Read morePublished 8 months ago by David Smith
Great movie! I use it for my middle-school music classes and it is always a conversation starter.Published 9 months ago by Clint Alphin