Note By Note is a feature-length independent documentary that follows the creation of a Steinway concert grand, #L1037— from forest floor to concert hall. It explores the relationship between musician and instrument, chronicles the manufacturing process, and illustrates what makes each Steinway unique in this age of mass production. 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 a loving celebration of not just craftsmanship, but of a dying breed of person who is deeply connected to working by hand. In the end, this is an ode to the most unexpected, and perhaps ironic, of unsung heroes. It reminds us how extraordinary the dialogue can be between an artist and an instrument—crafted out of human hands but borne of the materials of nature.
Note by Note the movie will be playing at the MFA in Boston:
Thu 1/3/08 7:30PM
Fri 1/4/08 6:30PM
Wed 1/9/08 6:15PM
Sat 1/12/08 10:30AM
Thu 1/24/08 4:45PM
Sun 1/27/08 10:30AM
Sat 2/02/08 10:30PM
Tickets are $9 ($8 for MFA members) and can be purchased at the Remis box office at the MFA, via http://www.mfa.org/tickets/index.asp
, or by calling (617)369-3306.
More info on the movie is available at www.notebynotethemovie.com
FYI, on January 3rd the Director, Ben Niles, will be at the MFA for the show.