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Book details
  • Genre:MUSIC
  • SubGenre:Musical Instruments / Piano & Keyboard
  • Language:English
  • Pages:278
  • eBook ISBN:9781618424594

Under the Lid

The Art & Craft of the Concert Piano Technician

by Stephen H. Brady

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Overview
Often called the “unseen artist,” the concert piano technician inhabits a world where differences as small as the thickness of a piece of paper can have mighty consequences in the performance of a piano recital. Before the pianist begins playing, the concert technician must prepare the way, making sure that each key plays properly, sounds in tune, and has the right kind of tone quality, in many cases performing this exacting work under intense time pressure. This is the first book to deal with the techniques and artistry specific to preparing pianos for concert use.
Description
Often called the “unseen artist,” the concert piano technician inhabits a world where differences as small as the thickness of a piece of paper can have mighty consequences in the performance of a piano recital. Before the pianist begins playing, the concert technician must prepare the way, making sure that each key plays properly, sounds in tune, and has the right kind of tone quality, in many cases performing this exacting work under intense time pressure. This is the first book to deal with the techniques and artistry specific to preparing pianos for concert use. It provides detailed practical advice for piano technicians on the fine points of tuning, regulating, and voicing for concerts, as well as on working with concert pianists, and also includes interviews and profiles of concert pianists and concert technicians, and anecdotes from the author’s career.
About the author
Steve Brady worked as head piano technician at the University of Washington from 1978 till 2003. During those 25 years he tuned and prepared pianos for approximately 5,000 concerts and recitals, and worked with most of the leading pianists of our time. Steve served as editor of the Piano Technicians Journal for six years (1995 to 2001). In 1996 he received the Piano Technicians Guild’s “Member of Note” award, and in 1999 PTG published his book, A Piano Technician’s Guide to Field Repairs, which recently went into a second edition. His latest book, Under the Lid: The Art and Craft of the Concert Piano Technician, was published in 2008. Since 2009, Steve has worked as head piano technician for the Aspen Music Festival and School.
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