Note By Note is a feature-length independent documentary that follows the creation of a Steinway concert grand, #L1037. It explores the relationship between musician and instrument, chronicles the manufacturing process, and investigates what makes each Steinway unique. _Watch the evolution L1037?from forest floor to concert hall _Meet the craftsmen and women who shape L1037?s personality _Discover the depths of artists? relationships with their instruments From the factory floor in Queens to Steinway Hall in Manhattan, 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 private auditions?Note By Note is the first documentary to portray the patience, craft, and personality built into each Steinway.Written by
The stars of this film ought to have been the piano and the people who dedicated their lives to building it. Through very personal interviews, the workers impress us with their commitment, but they are never allowed fully to impress us with their skills. Instead, much of this already short film focuses on the end users (the pianists and their needs, opinions, tastes), on endless shots of 'L1037' (just so we know it's the same piano), and on the Steinway Building (in case we forgot where we are.) Perhaps the filmmaker felt the technical details of how a piano is made would not be compelling enough to carry the movie. Still, I was disappointed that I came away with no real understanding of what each and every worker was contributing, how all the pieces fit together, and what skills these passionate artisans bring.
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