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#150416 - 05/02/08 11:55 AM Review of Grand Obsession - In CHINESE
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Grand Obsession - A Piano Odyssey

Review in Chinese
(for those who can actually read this, please let me know the idea of what it says).

I've also included a link to the original Word Document the review author sent.

"hi,
I write book review for World Journal Weekly. The World Journal is the largest newspaper in Chinese in North America. Recently I had a review article on Grand Obsession. Of course it is in Chinese. Assuming you also have some member who read Chinese, I am forwarding it to you.
Grand Obsession is a wonderful book. The experience of author goes beyond piano and music. It is life experience. I enjoying reading it, and I wish through my personal essay more people is interesting in reading it.
Thanks,

Paul Qiu
Librarian"




先秦伯牙、子期惺惺相惜,琴曲為知音所奏,高山流水,流傳至今;漢末蔡邕以吳人半截焦桐,制成古琴,琴音美妙絕倫;晉國樂師曠天 生目盲而善于辯音,精通各式樂器,后世視為樂神。凡此种种,樂人、樂器、音樂,合為一体,傳為傳奇式的美談,也說明人們對于音樂 最高境界的仰慕之心。真正美妙的音樂是亙古不絕,超越時空的。因著對于完美樂器的追求,對于無瑕音品的向往,曾經在古代中國文人 發生的故事,二千多年后,又在一個美國人身上重演。佩麗‧克尼挈(Perri Knize) 的一本新書《尋琴記》(Grand Obsession: a Piano Odyssey, Scribner, 2008) 將她和一架鋼琴的糾葛寫得如歌如泣。有書評人說,書本身就像一首名曲一般优美、深邃。捧讀再三,深感此書值得愛琴人、 愛樂人一讀。

踏破鐵鞋

佩麗生長于一個音樂家庭。他的父親曾是著名的管弦樂演奏家。當年父親的樂聲,高朋滿座的雅集,造就了她濃厚的音樂興趣,出色的音 樂能力。佩麗一度嘗試過音樂職業,但后來還是成為一名記者,專事与環保有關的調查報導。然而,佩麗的內心,總是有著對于音樂的激 情。她中年從紐約移居蒙大拿州后,重拾舊好,開始跟老師練習彈奏鋼琴。也許,是她天生過人的辨音能力,佩麗很快發現,彈奏過的鋼 琴,都沒有她夢想的优美音色。漸漸地,佩麗生出了一個心思,要購買一架适合她程度的好品質鋼琴。因為職業的關系,佩麗常常在各地 采訪。利用工作之余,按圖索驥,佩麗開始了她的尋琴之旅。當然,她先拜訪了密蘇拉當地的三家琴行,鮑德溫、雅馬哈、庫茲曼,不是 音質不佳,就是好貨不便宜,徒然眼熱而已。結果,鎩羽而歸。佩麗為了一部庫茲曼舊鋼琴,從网上找到了線索,和一個名叫羅斯瑪麗的 通了伊妹儿。她的告誡:「去你能找到的最好琴行,把最好品質的鋼琴至少彈上几遍,發現你所喜愛的聲音。要彈斯坦威和博澤朵夫,因 為你想知道什么是佳音。然后,對,然后才可去選購。這有點像讀了几年《建筑精選》雜志后,動手裝修自己的居室 ----這和只讀《日常女性》不可同日而語啊。」
佩麗在去西雅圖前,先買了一本號稱鋼琴選購圣經的指南, 《鋼琴寶鑒》(The Piano Book: Buying & Owning a New or Used Piano by Larry Fine ),這本書記載了世界上所有品牌的鋼琴,以及鋼琴技師的評价。有點像美食界的米其林指南。佩麗揣着書就去逛琴行了。她試了一架斯 坦威D型演奏會用的平台琴,但覺其不夠細膩,而且也難以控制;她彈了一架博澤朵夫,琴是夠大的,但听來聲音柔弱,表現力也不足; � �魯斯訥甜美有余而層次欠缺;中國鋼琴的擊弦机Actions令人覺得操作困難,且聲調刺耳; 凱威思的音調倒是精細敏感,但琴鍵稍微僵硬。查爾斯‧華爾特立式鋼琴价格還好,但提不起她的興致;她曾彈過斯奇梅爾,印象很好, 可是這次听來總覺得過于明亮了,怎么像一架新的雅瑪哈呢。問了經理,原來是新的設計。佩麗失望之机,一位技師介紹了一架查爾斯‧ 華爾特三角鋼琴。她打開琴蓋,輕輕坐下,先彈了門德爾松的無言之歌”(Songs Without Words)的第一支 ,然后接連彈了几首她能表達的曲子。佩麗發現,它有着無比奇妙的聲響,流暢,陽光燦爛的美國音品。音調層次丰厚,也不失溫和自然 。音域幅度,從最低音到最高音,完美無比,充滿激情。她多么希望能夠擁有這樣一架鋼琴。可是,面對近十万元的价格,只能望琴興嘆 。況且,她的客廳也太小了。

一見鐘琴

佩麗尋找她的夢中鋼琴的第二年,网路盛行了。她很快發現了一個愛鋼琴人聚集的网站,「鋼琴世界」 (PianoWorld.com)。那是一個令人惊奇的虛擬世界,人人在网上提問、釋疑,人气极旺。佩麗把自己如何人到中年,重新愛上彈琴,又踏破 ��鞋無處覓琴的事在网上交流。結果,得到了內行和熱心人的指點,還交了朋友。又一年過去了,佩麗來到紐約,這個昔日的鋼琴之都 。1 9世紀后期,紐約的鋼琴制造業如同今天的華爾街、百老匯、出版公司。今非昔比,美國的几百家鋼琴制造商只剩下五家了,在紐約僅存 � �碩果是斯坦威。不過,曼哈頓58街夾百老匯和第七大道這段,仍享有「鋼琴街」Piano Row 的美名。佩麗走了好几家琴行,試了無數鋼琴,只是苦于找不到自己的聲音。她還去了新澤西的伊麗莎白的一家鋼琴倉庫,几乎買下一架 价格低到連她自己也不相信的三角鋼琴,結果還是放棄了。佩麗在紐約只剩下一天時間,几年里,她訪遍東西兩岸和中部的無數琴行,成 了「鋼琴世界」的熟客,可謂精疲力竭。她的最后机會是回到曼哈頓的鋼琴街,一家名為「貝多芬琴行」的,因為上次吃了閉門羹。走完 一排又一排鋼琴,從底層到大廳再到二樓,佩麗几乎要失望的時候,一位年輕的推銷員,——也是剛從朱莉婭音樂學院畢業的鋼琴家,以 無比歡愉的神情向她介紹了一架由德國制造的格羅川 Grotrian 牌三角鋼琴。佩麗再次彈奏了門德爾松。這首曲子從低音開始,丰厚和深邃的音感襲人而來;中音域區充滿了神秘感,如煙如霧;高音區 如清脆的鐘鳴繞梁不絕,如北极光般色彩明亮。佩麗的雙手好像被琴鍵下的無形之手驅動,她感受到了琴 腹的響板內有著靈魂的歌唱,牽動她的感情和激情。這就是她朝思暮想,為之奔波數年的心愛之物啊!她心中立即為這架鋼琴取名為瑪蓮 娜,就好像當年好萊塢第一位德國女演員瑪蓮娜迪特里茜的歌聲從中复活了。
佩麗戀戀不舍地离開了貝多芬琴行。三万二千元的价格,超出了她的預算。漸行漸遠的貝多芬琴行、鋼琴街、曼哈頓,令她心生苦澀。佩 麗回到了蒙大拿,在那里,有一天,她看到了電視屏幕上紐約世貿大樓傾倒的畫面。几天后,佩麗接到一個電話,還是貝多芬琴行的那位 年輕鋼琴家銷售員打來的:﹁您能出什么价呢,為您的瑪蓮娜?」 在9‧11后人心艱難、百物蕭條的時候,還有雖會有心買鋼琴呢?

如夢幻影

佩麗向銀行抵押了她的房子,除了買琴,還重新設計改造了客廳,以容納尊貴的瑪蓮娜。三個月后的十二月里,蒙大拿早已天寒地凍。從 紐約包裝、啟運,一路上還遇到了暴風雪,終于瑪蓮娜在佩麗的新客廳中安家了。佩麗再次端詳,小心地揭開琴蓋,試彈了孟德爾松。不 對,大事不好。佩麗感到渾身僵硬起來。又彈了舒曼,華美的高音域無影無蹤,雖然低中音區域音質尚可辨認。噪雜的机芯,尖銳的高音 ,令佩麗手指不敢再触琴鍵。佩麗把鋼琴的系列號碼和發票對了又對,簡直怀疑瑪蓮娜被調了包。
佩麗開始了新的征程。她找了一個又一個調音師。看來是音錘(弦槌)出了問題。但沒有人說得准是怎么回事。而﹁鋼琴世界﹂网站上呢 ,似乎人人都是諸葛亮,無非是七嘴八舌。貝多芬琴行的老板卡爾是個大度而熱心的人,他听說瑪蓮娜除了狀況,除了再次保證他作為經 銷商的「三包」責任外,還為她出謀划策。佩麗甚至找到了鋼琴寶鑒的作者賴瑞請教。賴瑞認為,音調tone沒有事,應該是音質voice,得找 人看看。畢竟,蒙大拿不是西雅圖,也不是紐約,到哪里去找出色的調音技師 Tuner 和音質師Voicer 呢?
卡爾在鋼琴圈子里是神通廣大的人物。「別擔心,我來給你找一個最好的音質師。他正好要來蒙大拿」 。馬克‧魏納特是曼哈頓音樂學院的鋼琴技術部的主管,一個月后,他來見佩麗的瑪蓮娜。据他說,通常,鋼琴的主要問題還是在音調而 非音質。調音師的工作是調音准,即是調整琴弦的張力,令發聲体的振動頻率准确無誤地奏出高低;而音質師的工作是与音品有關,他要 由著發聲体本身的特性,把音錘的感覺整出來。馬克的獨特本領在讓音錘發出恰倒好處的聲音。馬克先調音,在佩麗試彈后,用一种秘方 特制的化學劑在音錘尖處點滴。格羅川牌鋼琴的音錘采用的是德國雷奈厂的產品,其音錘氈呢的硬度和擊弦點,与音質的關系至為重要。 所以馬克調整音錘的硬度就是改善其屬性,當然,其差別是万分之一的精細,全賴他的經驗。終于,馬克完成了所有八十多個音錘的處理 ,并將擊弦机(机芯)、琴弦、琴鍵等一一調整和潤滑。佩麗再次坐到瑪蓮娜前,惊喜地發現,她的夢中「琴」侶回來了。


鋼琴哲學

佩麗的高興勁儿只停留了一晚。第二天,她發現瑪蓮娜又回到了疲憊粗糙的狀態。到底是怎么回事?馬克自有他的說法。「一架新的鋼琴 ,其生命處于生長過程之中。其音質的變化其實极為細微,不是所有的耳朵都能听到的」。偏巧,佩麗的听力從小受其父親的熏陶,极為 敏銳。「彈上五百小時在再說。你不喜歡她的聲音,只听她發出的音樂不就行了嗎?所有的新鋼琴都是一樣的,如果有人說他的鋼琴從一 開始就是完美的,而且多年來美妙如初,那么,這個人是听不見什么而已。」對佩麗來說,這可是前所未聞的。「你的鋼琴之旅才開始。 她(鋼琴)變化無常,難以預測。你的鋼琴會對你有所反應,而你的听力也會适應她。你們得有互動。切不可假定她會有怎樣的音色。她 是善變的呢。她有生命,她會生長變化,而你擁有了這架鋼琴,就是和她建立了一种關系。」 听起來既神秘又哲學,也許不無道理,但佩麗畢竟得忍受耳中的不悅之聲。佩麗最想知道的,是馬克何以能在卡爾的琴行「創造」出瑪蓮 娜,而這种音色,或者一架鋼琴的個性,怎么會精致到稍縱即逝的地步。作為一個調查記者,她的牛勁上來了。

佩麗到了紐約,像一個實習生一樣,跟著馬克,從音樂學院,到馬克的客戶,了解鋼琴的屬性。她要像体會生命一樣去体會鋼琴。她和瑪 蓮娜的經銷商卡爾成了朋友,和他一起到了他位于布朗士的鋼琴工厂參觀,遇見了許多一輩子制作鋼琴的「古董」式人物。事實上,卡爾 本人,一位來自德國的移民,昔日的運動健將,就是一個鋼琴制造業中的傳奇。不過,佩麗獲益最大的還是對于音樂感悟日趨深刻。她問 卡爾:像她這樣痴迷一架鋼琴,到底為什么?卡爾說:「音樂最貼近人的內心和最高境界。彈奏音樂是一种自我超越的經驗,由此,你成 為作曲家之靈魂的管道。而作曲家本人是神圣力量的管道。神圣深藏于我們每一個人的內心,只有音樂才能加以表現、釋放。音樂歷世歷 代對于人類的影響的秘密,就在于此。你的身体的內在振動如果出了錯,与宇宙不協調,音樂有醫治之能。」那么,佩麗相信,瑪蓮娜內 在的生命和振動,是和她內心的音律聯系起來了。后來,佩麗有机會到卡爾的琴行試彈了其它三架格羅川,沒有一架是和瑪蓮娜一樣的, 雖然都相當出色。問題不僅僅在于音律和音色,不是外在的聲音而已。看來,佩麗對于一架鋼琴的痴迷和瘋狂,數年之后仍然不忘當時初 試瑪蓮娜時的獨特音色和她自己的感受,真的是一個神秘了!也許,是瑪蓮娜的個性和隱藏在她腹腔中的靈魂,和佩麗那一刻的思緒和內 心的感受相合,和她的生命靈魂相交?「那么,現在我明白了,我所經歷的瑪蓮娜,不,應該說瑪蓮娜經驗,是比任何調音師音品師所想 象的都更加琢磨不定、稍縱即逝的形而上的東西。」

尋根之旅

佩麗是個凡事追究底里的人。她接着又去研究了人体科學,特別是听力器官的物理特性,聲音的物理性質,乃至心理學,因為它們在內在 的本質上和人類的感覺上,与「瑪蓮娜經驗」息息相關。然而,最不可思議的事,佩麗飛到了德國,格羅川‧斯坦威格(Grotrian-Steinweg) 鋼琴工厂!有了更多知識和更深思考,隨之而來的是進一步的困惑:一架鋼琴本身怎么會有所謂「意圖」在內呢?難道格羅川有什么東西 ,比如音階設計、共鳴腹腔、還有樹木原材,會表達感情嗎?設計者對于音樂的感性當然會在表現于設計中;那么,制作鋼琴響板的工人 呢?鋼琴鐵排制造者呢?他們的意圖和感情又怎么會跨洋過海,通過一架鋼琴來到我的身上和內心的?對了,還有那出產原木的森林,那 選材人、那伐木工,那鋼琴出厂前為瑪蓮娜定下音色的技師?我也在体驗和經歷他們的意圖嗎?歸根到底,這些是真正發生的事情,還只 是形而上學的思考?如果一切都是真的,這些制琴人是我的鋼琴之旅的同伴,我靈魂的同宗血親嗎?佩麗的鋼琴之旅,命定要引她到鋼琴 的故鄉——德國。她走訪了几家鋼琴厂,最后到了格羅川斯坦威格,考察了出產過程,了解了鋼琴制造過程中的复雜和無盡的秘密。她甚 至看到了瑪蓮娜的「家譜」和「出生證」!當然,最要緊的還是音錘。記得她的鋼琴技師和書上都說,在美國,你是找不到什么人能夠弄 明白德國產音錘的。「最好的音質技師就在原產厂里」。格羅川的首席音質技師叫海爾 (Herr Bosse), 他從十五歲起就在這里工作,那是1959年。他為百分之九十的格羅川定音。「你得有超凡的耳朵才行。」 他一邊整打磨音錘一邊解釋。「其實,全憑運气。說不清什么道理。我只是听琴聲,知道怎么做。只有做了才知道,學會這門手藝的唯一 途徑。」佩麗問他,那么,瑪蓮娜是怎么回事。海爾第一次抬起頭來看了她一眼,「許多事情就是解釋不了」,他講著德語,“即使語言 相通也不行」。
還有其他的秘密嗎?格羅川的一位主管說:「每個工人都得心平靜气,人人和諧相處。才能和技藝是重要,但人气同樣要緊。畢竟,我們 是在制造一种和諧的樂器,不是嗎?」 看來,這個工厂的「气」,一种向上的振動頻率,正是其「意圖」,也是佩麗彈奏瑪蓮娜時所体驗的諧調。佩麗又去看了存放木料的倉庫 ,溫度、濕度、存放期的長短,學問都极大。一位工人告訴她,每一塊用作音板的木板都有其內在振幅,必須有极高的張力。張力越大, 振幅也強,即不易變化,于是對音弦的反應更強烈。當然,一架鋼琴的音板的振幅必須是完全一致的。
選擇制造樂器的木料是一門大學問。托馬斯家族干這行已經是第七代了。原產于奧地利、德國和瑞士森林的歐洲雲杉,是唯一上品。托馬 斯 (Thomas Hilz)憑借著185年的傳統和自己31年的經驗,「第一眼望去,第一個印象」,只從木材供應商那里選所有可選木料的百分之二三,作為音板 的原料。佩麗的下一站是進入原始森林,她想知道,一棵樹是怎樣演化為樂器的,雲杉的靈魂和進入鋼琴的靈魂,為何它們會影響彈琴人 ?四月的阿爾卑斯山化雪的時節。佩麗遇見了克里斯汀,占地一万兩千英畝的奧地利381F1區森林主管。這是一塊專門供應樂器木料供應商 ��原始林帶,砍伐計划十分周密,以保證樹木生長成材不受影響。优質的鋼琴琴板原材首先必須是原生林木,并只有特定的地勢和气候 才� ��孕育此种良材:冬長夏短,土壤貧瘠,以确保其生長速度緩慢,木質堅硬,木紋整齊 (每一英寸約二十個以上年輪圈)。森林得在海拔三千六百到四千六百英尺間,面西,最好面西北,則樹干不至太向陽光傾斜、扭曲。陽 光也會令樹木的汁液過多。當然,強風會使樹木的紋理壓得過緊,超過25度的斜坡會使樹木上端的紋齡歪斜。遍數歐洲,符合這些條件的 ��區實在不多。适合制作鋼琴琴板的樹木的最佳年齡是一百三十到一百四十歲。期間免于虫害、病侵、火災。當然,唯一的例外是幼苗 期� ��過小病小災,反而倒好,因為這會使之生長更慢,木紋更結實。
一顆楓樹曾經哀嘆:活著,我沉默;死了,我歌唱。這正是制琴原木的心聲。

天人合一

馬克和其他鋼琴技師合作,用錄聲儀器Accu-Tuner 將他所調的最佳音色記錄下來,然后由其他調音師在調音時复制,如此,最佳的音色和音調得以配合。瑪蓮娜總算恢复了她的美音,馬克 也不需要時時飛來蒙大拿了。佩麗在經過了長達六年傳奇式的尋琴之旅后,她對于鋼琴,琴音的体味早已超越外在物質形態了。當佩麗再 次彈奏她心愛的樂曲時,感慨万千,禁不住流下幸福的淚水。完美的鋼琴讓鋼琴家翱翔于廣袤的形而上世界,置身最為神秘的宇宙音律之 間。她的生命已經和瑪蓮娜的合二為一,她們的靈魂和巴赫、肖邦、舒曼、孟德爾松的樂曲,和百年雲杉的靈性,一起歡舞。
從尋琴到尋音、知音﹐佩麗行走穿梭于形而下和形而上之間。讀者的感覺﹐為她的經歷所帶動﹐得到的也不止于鋼琴和音樂而已。“眾人 尋他千百度﹐陌然回首﹐那人卻在燈火闌柵處”的境界﹐其實是人生、尤其是人生之感覺的境界。


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#150417 - 05/02/08 01:37 PM Re: Review of Grand Obsession - In CHINESE
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Well now, Frank...

Now that you have it all written out in Chinese....

Let's hope that say the review is 'grand'!!!


(of course with that intro, it looks promising)


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#150418 - 05/02/08 01:56 PM Re: Review of Grand Obsession - In CHINESE
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Well now, Frank...

Now that you have it all written out in Chinese....

Let's hope that say the review is 'grand'!!!


(of course with that intro, it looks promising)


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I told him I'd have to take his word for it.
Hoping someone drops by who can read Chinese, and let me know if it's ok, or I'm in big trouble :-)
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#150419 - 05/02/08 03:12 PM Re: Review of Grand Obsession - In CHINESE
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Too Cool!

Perri, are you able to read it?

It is as foreign to me as trying to read the Grotrian-Steinweg homepage in German.

But still - This is great.

Congratulations, Perri, on the success of your "Obsession." I love it and couldn't put it down. Here is a link you might enjoy: http://www.petitmusic.com/
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#150420 - 05/06/08 12:45 PM Re: Review of Grand Obsession - In CHINESE
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You can cut/paste the text into Google translator and get a good idea what they are trying to say!

http://translate.google.com/translate_t?hl=en

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#150421 - 05/06/08 01:23 PM Re: Review of Grand Obsession - In CHINESE
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it's in traditional/old chinese characters, which i'm not a fan of. but i can read and translate if anyone is interested. it would take me some time, and i would only do it if there's enough interest.

it's basically a book review.

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#150422 - 05/06/08 02:00 PM Re: Review of Grand Obsession - In CHINESE
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Last night, coincidentally, I just finished reading the corresponding Chinese article published in a Chinese newspaper from a couple of weeks ago. From memory, the newspaper article seems to correspond to this post.

I haven’t read the original Grand Obsession, but the Chinese article appears to be an excerpt/digest/translation of the original. The gist of it is:

Perri grew up in a family of musicians, became a journalist, and rediscovered the love for piano later in life. She then embarked on a journey to find her dream piano. After visiting many piano retailers in many cities, trying out Steinway, Bosendorf, Charles Walter, Kawaii S., and countless other models, she came across a Grotrian in New York, which she fell in love with. After 9/11 she was able to get it at a good price and had it shipped to Montana. To her dismay, she found that the piano sounded nothing like what she had heard at the store. After countless consultations on Piano World and having master tuners and voicers work on the piano, she got the piano to return to the dream that she had purchased. She also embarked on a journey to seek the roots of the piano, including visiting the German factory, viewing the ‘birth certificate’ of her piano, and entering the Austrian spruce forests from which the piano was made.

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#150423 - 05/06/08 02:05 PM Re: Review of Grand Obsession - In CHINESE
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I will take the time to translate the first paragraph, which is as much review as there is. The other number of long paragraphs that follow is pretty much a book summary. As my Chinese is very rusty, it'll take a bit of time to translate the whole article, so I don't think I will... If Signa is inclined, we can split the job. But I think only the first paragraph is of interest anyway.

The title of the book in Chinese is "(The Tale of ) In search of the Piano". "The Tale of" is in the title, but doesn't translate well, thus the parenthesis.
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#150424 - 05/06/08 02:06 PM Re: Review of Grand Obsession - In CHINESE
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Well, Golden Monkey, we posted at the same time. Since you are obvious more fluent in Chinese, do you want to translate the first paragraph, or should I go ahead?
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#150425 - 05/06/08 02:14 PM Re: Review of Grand Obsession - In CHINESE
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I think the first paragraph is beautifully written in Chinese, and it will take some work to do it justice. I would be happy to translate the first paragraph, but feel free if you would like to go ahead. I will wait for your reply before I do anything.

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#150426 - 05/06/08 02:24 PM Re: Review of Grand Obsession - In CHINESE
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Hi Golden Monkey, I can say for sure you are MUCH more fluent in Chinese than I. (I am a native Chinese (cantonese) speaker, but am so rusty my Chinese is rotting... :p ) If you don't mind that I "volunteered" you, I am sure you'll do a great job.
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#150427 - 05/06/08 04:11 PM Re: Review of Grand Obsession - In CHINESE
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OK, here is my attempt at translating the first paragraph of the Chinese review:

Music played by those who truly understand it, such as BoYa and ZiQi of the early Qin Dynasty [221-206BC], can evoke images of soaring mountains and gushing rivers and will be known throughout the ages. Towards the end of the Han Dynasty [206BC-220AD], CaiYong built a Chinese harp from an ancient trunk, and produced beautiful music that was rarely heard on this earth. The Jin [265-420AD] musician Kuang was born without eyesight, but mastered many different musical instruments, and was revered as the Music God by later generations. Legends like this that merge music, the instrument, and the musician into one represent the yearnings of mortals for the highest realms of music. Truly beautiful music is eternal, unbounded by time or space, and so the pursuit of the ideal instrument, the longing for the perfect object, something that happened to the ancient Chinese scholars, is replayed two thousand years later through the life of an American. In her new book "Grand Obsession: a Piano Odyssey, Scribner, 2008", Perri Knize, details the emotional journey of her relationship with her piano. Some reviewers hold the book to be as beautiful and profound as a music masterpiece. After reading the book repeatedly, I highly recommend it for piano and music lovers alike.

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#150428 - 05/06/08 05:16 PM Re: Review of Grand Obsession - In CHINESE
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Wow. I didn't know the Chinese were so into adjectives and natural references.
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#150429 - 05/06/08 05:33 PM Re: Review of Grand Obsession - In CHINESE
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I thought Chinese was read and printed vertically. Am I 100 years out of date?
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#150430 - 05/06/08 06:29 PM Re: Review of Grand Obsession - In CHINESE
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golden monkey,
thank you so much for your translation. i have forwarded it to the publishers as i know they will be interested.

this explains why the book's website is now getting hits from china.

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now in paperback:


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#150431 - 05/06/08 08:59 PM Re: Review of Grand Obsession - In CHINESE
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this explains why the book's website is now getting hits from china
Including Grotrian.

Er..."Grotrian-Steinweg" as it will be known over there....

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#150432 - 05/07/08 02:20 AM Re: Review of Grand Obsession - In CHINESE
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USAPT,
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Wow. I didn't know the Chinese were so into adjectives and natural references.
Indeed the written form of the Chinese language traditionally uses many adjectives and can read like poetry.

ScottM,
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I thought Chinese was read and printed vertically. Am I 100 years out of date?
Traditionally, Chinese characters are arranged in vertical columns from top to bottom, with the columns going from right to left. Sometimes, the characters can be laid out in horizontal lines, but with the start of each line on the right[/b] instead of the left. In 1955, the mainland government mandated left-to-right writing. In 2004, Taiwan also mandated left-to-right writing. Nowadays, one may find these 3 styles appear in the same page of a newspaper.

piqué,

I am glad that you find my translation useful. I may post an update if I get to talk to someone better versed in the history of Chinese music.

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#150433 - 05/07/08 12:10 PM Re: Review of Grand Obsession - In CHINESE
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i made a translation on the 'chapter 1' part, very rough and may not spell some names right. however, considering the poor writing in such chapter summary, mine comes pretty close:
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Searching

Perri was born from a music family. Her father used to be a well known player in orchestra. With her father’s fame and parties where guests and friends often gathered in her house, Perri absorbed as much music appreciation and showed excellent musical talent, and even once was thinking of music career. But after all, she settled for a journalist career with expertise in environment related investigation and reporting. However, deep in her heart, Perri always has passion for music. When she, middle aged, moved from New York to Montana, she picked up piano again, and started to take lessons. Perhaps, because of her born talent and keen ears for music, Perri soon realized that no pianos she played on ever had the sound she dreamed of. Eventually, Perri started thinking about buying a high quality piano which suits her. Because of her job, she often take trips to different locations for reporting tasks, and was able to use her spare time for her piano search. She had visited 3 piano stores, Baldwin, Yamaha and Kruzman, but found nothing, either some sounds bad or is too expensive, except as eye teasers, Having returned with nothing, Perri started searching information online and traced to a owner of a Kruzman piano who’s name is Rosemary. Perri emailed her and got her reply with some advices: “go to whichever piano store you can find, and play the best pianos there at least several times, such as Steinway or Bosendorfer, so that you can put the best sound you like in your mind. Once you found such sound, you can then actually search for a piano which has the same sound quality to buy. It’s just like remodeling your house, only after you read enough remodel DIY magazines, you can then start doing it… not like reading women‘s magazines.”

With such advices in mind, when Perri went to Seattle, she bought The Piano Book: Buying & Owning a New or Used Piano by Larry Fine first, which is like a Wiki guide for all the well known pianos in the world regarding their value, quality and origin. Now it’s the time for piano shopping. She tried a Steinway concert grand, but found it’s lack of nuances and hard to control the tone; then she tried a Bosendorder, a huge sized one, and yet it sounds too soft to be expressive; a Bluthner(?) sounds too sweet without the depth; a Chinese grand has hard action and irritating tone; a Kawais sounds good but with stiff keys; a Charles Walter upright has a good price but not that exciting to play; a Schirmer, she used to like its sound, now sounds too bright, like a new Yamaha, which the manager said it’s because of a new design. Just as she’s so disappointed with everything, a technician showed her to a Charles Walter grand piano. She opened the lid, sat down and started to play, at first Mendersson’s Songs without Word No.1 and then a few others she could remember. She soon realized that she finally found the sound she’s been searching for all this time: magically unique tone, florid, bright as sun shine (sort of American sound), deep in layers and yet natural, wide range from bass to treble, balanced and expressive. That’s exactly the piano she is dreamed of, but looking at it’s price tag over $100000, she can only take a deep breath and sigh. Besides, her living room is too small for it.

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#150434 - 05/08/08 11:07 PM Re: Review of Grand Obsession - In CHINESE
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what book did they read????? \:D
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#150435 - 05/09/08 06:12 PM Re: Review of Grand Obsession - In CHINESE
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Golden Monkey, not only did you translate the first paragraph, you substantiated it with researched dates, and all. Very impressive!

Pique,
I haven't read the book. But are you saying that the article, as signa has translated it, is far from the actual content?
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#150436 - 05/10/08 10:06 AM Re: Review of Grand Obsession - In CHINESE
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Pique/Perri,

I couldn't stop laughing.

I can't wait to read "Further Obsession, the sequel."

We all want to learn about your quest for the perfect, $100,000 Charles Walter!

\:D
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#150437 - 05/20/08 12:54 AM Re: Review of Grand Obsession - In CHINESE
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rosanna,
let's just say they got a few little details wrong! \:D \:D

marty: \:D

hey, i am not complaining. i just got word today that the publisher has sold the chinese translation rights to "grand obsession."

i don't know if this review had anything to do with that development, but it doesn't appear to have hurt!
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