I read an interesting story in the Cedar Rapids Gazette this morning about six Hancher representatives visiting Steinway to pick out a new piano for the new building. The piano will be on display at West Music until it moves next fall. I can’t play a piano, but I like to listen to piano music and I have always been intrigued by the construction of such a large, complex instrument. As part of our Music is the Word series we showed a couple of documentaries in November about piano construction, both of the DVDs are available in our collection.
Pianomania, tells the story of a Steinway & Sons’ chief technician and master tuner in Vienna. He pairs his world-class instruments with world-class pianists, juggling the demands of both the pianist and piano. Note by Note follows the manufacture of one Steinway piano — one year, 12,000 parts and 50 employees.
The Library is a great place to find documentaries that are not available online. Enjoy learning about pianos … or anything else you are interested in. Documentaries are located on the second floor.