Note by Note: The Making of Steinway L1037

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Overview

While in the 21st century many musical instruments are mass-produced on an assembly line, at the Steinway Factory in Queens, NY, grand pianos are still made largely by hand, much as they were centuries before, and each piano develops a tonal personality very much its own as it slowly takes shape in the hands of expert craftsmen. Note by Note: The Making of Steinway L1037 is a documentary from filmmaker Ben Niles that follows the meticulous process of creating one of these remarkable instruments, from the ...
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Overview

While in the 21st century many musical instruments are mass-produced on an assembly line, at the Steinway Factory in Queens, NY, grand pianos are still made largely by hand, much as they were centuries before, and each piano develops a tonal personality very much its own as it slowly takes shape in the hands of expert craftsmen. Note by Note: The Making of Steinway L1037 is a documentary from filmmaker Ben Niles that follows the meticulous process of creating one of these remarkable instruments, from the harvesting of the wood in the Pacific Northwest to the final touches before the piano is sent to the sales floor of a music store. Along the way, Niles talks to many of the people who have had a hand in the making of this piano, as well as those who later hear music being performed on the instrument. Note by Note was screened in competition at the 2007 Silverdocs Film Festival, a competition founded by the American Film Institute and the Discovery Channel.
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Special Features

Deleted scenes; Interview with and performances by featured pianists
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/15/2009
  • UPC: 767685146514
  • Original Release: 2007
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  • Source: New Video Group
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:21:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 15,427

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Pierre-Laurent Aimard Participant
Kenny Barron Participant
Bill Charlap Participant
Harry Connick Jr. Participant
Helene Grimaud Participant
Hank Jones Participant
Marcus Roberts Participant
Lang Lang Participant
Technical Credits
Ben Niles Director, Cinematographer, Producer
Purcell Carson Editor
Nara Garber Sound/Sound Designer
Luke Geisbuhler Cinematographer
Geoffrey O'Brien Associate Producer, Cinematographer, Editor
Ben Wolf Cinematographer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Note by Note: The Making of Steinway L1037
1. Rim Bending [7:32]
2. Selection #1 [3:29]
3. Rim Inspection [2:27]
4. The Keyboard [1:13]
5. Case Making [4:50]
6. Factory Selection [2:07]
7. Plate Fitting [3:36]
8. Selection #2 [3:19]
9. Belly [3:10]
10. Soundboard [2:47]
11. Belly Inspection [6:13]
12. Factory Sale [7:04]
13. Stringing [3:18]
14. Tone Regulation [3:50]
15. Chipping [4:14]
16. Selection #3 [2:36]
17. Rough Tuning [3:10]
18. Selection #4 [2:29]
19. Final Voicing [7:32]
20. Performance [2:31]
21. Epilogue/Credits [2:54]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Note by Note: The Making of Steinway L1037
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   Scene Selection
   Extras
      Portraits
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         Pierre-Laurent Aimard
         Bill Charlap
         Harry Connick, Jr.
         Hélène Grimaud
         Hank Jones
         Lang Lang
         Marcus Roberts
         Henry Z. Steinway
         Franz Mohr
      Performances
         Play All
         Pierre-Laurent Aimard
         Bill Charlap
         Hank Jones
         Marcus Roberts
      Scenes
         Extended Scenes: Craftsmen
         Extended Scenes: Southboard & Wood
         Deleted Scenes: Handcraftmanship
         Deleted Scenes: Polishing
         Deleted Scenes: Apprenticeship
      Credits
   Audio Setup
      5.1 Dolby Surround Sound
      2.0 Stereo
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    A Must Have For Any Music Teacher...

    I had seen this documentary on PBS before and I found it at B&N and had to buy it. This documentary is interesting, informative and just fun to watch. What I love about the film is that it not only follows the process of making one Steinway Concert Grand, but more importantly all of the work, talent and skills by various builders within the factory that it takes to make one. My students enjoyed that they got to hear the personal stories of the people who work there. They also enjoyed that there are real pianists that talk about why they use their brand of pianos and how each piano is different to each person. The selection process in the film is awesome. They then show average people coming into buy at a sale and it just made everything come full circle. I could watch this several times and not get bored!

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