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Note by Note: The Making of Steinway L1037 (2007)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Family, Musical | 7 November 2007 (USA)
A feature-length independent documentary that follows the creation of a Steinway concert grand, #L1037- from forest floor to concert hall.


Ben Niles




Credited cast:
Pierre-Laurent Aimard Pierre-Laurent Aimard
Harry Connick Jr. ... Self
Hélène Grimaud Hélène Grimaud ... Self
Hank Jones Hank Jones ... Self
Láng Lang ... Self (as Lang Lang)


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 Anonymous

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Creation of a Steinway: The Love between Creators and Performers
28 July 2011 | by gradyharpSee all my reviews

NOTE BY NOTE is a documentary that is not a documentary: it is a love story the begins with the initial choice of wood form Sitka, Alaska, through the multiple aspects of creating the case, the soundboard, stringing and creating the hammers and pads, and finally the tuning of the piano before placing it before the public wither for sale or for storage in the Steinway Headquarters in New York for pianists to select for performances in the New York area. Each step of the process introduces the craftsman responsible for particular aspects of the building of this near sacred musical instrument: it takes a year to handcraft a Steinway piano.

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

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7 November 2007 (USA) See more »

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Dolby Digital (Western Electric Sound System)| Dolby Digital | Dolby SR (RCA Sound System)


Color (NTSC Color)| Color (DV 24p)| Color

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1.78 : 1
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