grand obsession news and events--updates

Posted by: piqué

grand obsession news and events--updates - 12/08/07 10:02 AM

hi, everyone!

i thought you might be interested to know that we've just updated the events page for "grand obsession: a piano odyssey."

we have lots of forum members participating in these events, and some of them may be performing (there will be updates on that very soon).

if you go to www.grandobsession.com and click on "news and events" you'll see the latest. it's being updated as plans evolve, so check back regularly.

especially take note that we now have a detailed schedule for the pianothon on piano row on january 12th. this is an expanded version of the piano crawl a bunch of us here created back in 2003 which was a huge success.

i'm hoping that after the pianothon, we might all be able to gather for dinner somewhere and enjoy each other's company more informally. perhaps we can plan it in this thread?

i am really looking forward to meeting so many of you who i have only known thus far online, and reconnecting with old friends. in case you don't know, many of us here at PW have been getting together like this since 2001.

my publicist teases me that i wrote the book just so i could have a lifestyle of attending piano parties.

not a bad plan, if you ask me! ;\)

see you soon!
Posted by: RealPlayer

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 12/08/07 10:32 AM

This is great, Pique', and I'm so looking forward to this! Thanks for all your careful planning. It should be a great thing for your book and for Piano Row!

And dinner after sounds great. I've been reading a forum called Chowhound that has an active NYC contingent. Visitors inquire about NYC restaurants and group reservations all the time. I've already learned a lot, and I live here!

Chowhound - Manhattan
Posted by: pianoloverus

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 12/13/07 08:27 AM

I'll definitely be there.
Posted by: piqué

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 12/14/07 12:40 AM

that's wonderful, pl. i look forward to meeting you at long last. \:\)
Posted by: apple*

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 12/17/07 09:51 PM

my book has arrived

it is absolutely beautiful and i have sooooooo much practicing to do
Posted by: Derick II

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 12/18/07 02:46 PM

pique,

Can you empty out some private messages or PM me with your email address? My old email address is no more. I need to ask you a quick question.

Thanks,
Derick
Posted by: piqué

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 12/18/07 05:58 PM

well, guess what, derick? your mailbox is full, too. \:D

you can contact me by using the contact form on my website.

grandobsession.com

while you are there, look at all the pages. i'm pretty sure i sent you notifications to your old email address.
Posted by: Piano World

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 12/20/07 05:39 PM

My copies of GRAND OBSESSION just arrived this afternoon.




Got one for myself and a couple to give as gifts.
Love the book already.

People will be talking about this one.
Can't wait til it's an Oprah pick :-)

Hmmnn, when the movie comes out, Richard Dreyfuss can play me \:\)

Posted by: Betty Patnude

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 12/20/07 06:26 PM

Frank,

Yes, Richard Dreyfuss for sure!

I received the book in the mail yesterday and have a great friend on PWF to thank for that nice surprize - autographed, too!

Thank you dear friend, you know who you are!

I am so very pleased!

Lots of good stuff happens here on PWF!

Happy Holidays to All!

Betty
Posted by: pianoloverus

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 12/21/07 09:22 AM

Penny-Could you please PM me or send me your email or empty your PM inbox? I have something to tell you about the copies of your book that arrived at Barnes & Noble. Nothing to worry about but you should probably know about it.
Posted by: piqué

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 12/21/07 10:10 PM

pl,
you can go to my website: grandobsession.com

then click on "contact" and that contact form goes right to my email.

please to tell me what you found and at which store?
Posted by: piqué

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 12/22/07 12:04 AM

frank,
after the reading in missoula monday night, we went out for a drink with my tech and his wife and had fun deciding who would play us in the movie. he wants tom cruise. \:D
Posted by: piqué

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 12/22/07 12:05 AM

betty, i hope you enjoy it! \:\)
Posted by: Goose68

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 12/24/07 10:55 PM

Just ordered this book today. I read the sample chapters and was definately hooked.

Cheers!
Posted by: tickler

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 12/26/07 10:59 PM

I received a copy for Christmas. I'm almost done reading it. Just can't put it down!

It's a wonderful read!

Mary
Posted by: Terrytunes

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 12/26/07 11:13 PM

I'm positively captivated with reading your book, pique! I couldn't "wait" to get home tonight, get settled for the evening and continue the second evening of my reading adventure.

I need to slow down though as I'm more than half way thru and don't want it to end too quickly! I guess I'll take a break from the book and PW and go play my piano! ;\)
Posted by: piqué

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 12/26/07 11:36 PM

hey, as of today, the book is "in stock" at amazon. which means it is now possible to post a five star review. (sorry, other star ratings won't post there. ;\) )

and we're expecting a big BIG review in a major outlet on sunday. i can't say where or i'll jinx it. ;\)

stay tuned.

but truly, in the meantime, feel free to post your review at amazon.

(frank has a button to the right side of this page)
Posted by: Piano World

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 12/27/07 08:45 AM

tickler & terrytunes,

This is what I've been trying to tell people.

Grand Obsession isn't a book of dry facts about pianos, it's a real story with real characters (many of whom we are familiar with) and an intriguing plot.

Sure you will learn a lot about the piano industry, and what makes one piano sound and feel different from another. But you will also get caught up in the adventure, and that's what makes it so much fun to read.

Perri put her heart and soul (and a lot of work) into this book, and it shows.

Member # 138, we're very proud of you \:D
Posted by: piqué

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 12/27/07 10:06 AM

thanks, frank! \:o
Posted by: piqué

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 12/27/07 10:14 AM

we've added more details to the pianothon and reading on the website. here they are:

New York City

Friday, January 11, 2008, 7 pm, Barnes & Noble Lincoln Center, 1972 Broadway at West 66th St. (212) 595-6859. Perri will read, take questions, and then sign books while Gabor Fuchs, Mikhail Pais, and Lex Korten perform on a grand piano provided by Beethoven Pianos. Pais, 17, is an award-winning young classical pianist from Russia. Lex Korten, 14, is a jazz phenomenon who has lately been holding audiences spellbound in clubs around Manhattan.

[please note that lex is the son of pw member grotriman]

Saturday, January 12, 2008, 1:30-6:30 pm, the inaugural Piano Row “Pianothon,” celebrating the inception of the new Piano Row Association. West 58th Street between Broadway and Seventh Ave. Beethoven Pianos, Klavierhaus, Bechstein Piano Centre, and Faust Harrison Pianos host readings, a technical demonstration, performances, and a roving piano party on the only block devoted to piano showrooms in New York. You will have the opportunity to play the pianos at the end of each presentation, and GRAND OBSESSION will be available for sale and signing at each of the showrooms.

PIANOTHON SCHEDULE

1:30 pm Beethoven Pianos, 232 West 58th St. Perri reads from GRAND OBSESSION, and Marc Wienert, chief of piano technology at the Manhattan School of Music, demonstrates his “Schubert concert tuning” on a Grotrian Cabinet grand (see Chapters 8, 12, 20, and 28), discusses tuning styles and “stretch characteristic,” and takes questions. Listeners will experience the sound that ignited Perri’s quest.

3 pm Klavierhaus, 211 West 58th St. Perri reads, and pianists Joseph Kubera and Mike “Phlebas” Olsen reprise their performances in GRAND OBSESSION on a gold Art case Pleyel and a new Italian make, a Fazioli. (See Chapter 15.) Their performances will demonstrate the broad range of distinctive voices possible in pianos, and their suitability for different types of music. Questions and discussion to follow.

[please note that joe is pw's own realplayer, a very well-known contemporary music pianist with an international reputation, and mike olsen is pw's own phlebas, famed denizen of the pianist's corner. \:\) ]

4 pm Bechstein Piano Centre, 207 West 58th St. Piano performances on a Bechstein C. Pianists TBA.

5 pm Faust Harrison Pianos, 205 West 58th St. Perri reads, and store co-owner and composer Michael Harrison reprises his performance in GRAND OBSESSION of his abridged version of Revelation: Music in Pure Intonation (See Chapter 22) on a Bluthner concert grand. Revelation was named a top classical recording of 2007 by The New York Times and The Boston Globe. Michael and musicologist Stuart Isacoff will take questions about the art and science of this extraordinary listening experience. CDs available.

if you have any questions about the program--or suggestions--feel free to comment here.

also, it would be great to get a head count for who would like to get together for dinner afterward.

(psst, frank. wanna get that last excerpt ready for posting soon?)
Posted by: Piano World

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 12/27/07 04:47 PM

 Quote:
Originally posted by piqué:
hey, as of today, the book is "in stock" at amazon. which means it is now possible to post a five star review. (sorry, other star ratings won't post there. ;\) )

and we're expecting a big BIG review in a major outlet on sunday. i can't say where or i'll jinx it. ;\)

stay tuned.

but truly, in the meantime, feel free to post your review at amazon.

(frank has a button to the right side of this page) [/b]
I see there are two 5 star reviews showing so far. Submitted mine this afternoon but it hasn't gone live yet.

Come on folks, if you've read the book, post a nice review so we can push it up in the rankings.

If you haven't read it ... What are you waiting for? \:\)

There's a link to the book on Amazon in the right column of the forums, and another link to read excerpts from a few chapters (with another excerpt coming soon).
Posted by: Busy Bee

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 12/28/07 09:57 AM

I received the book a week ago and this is what I wrote to Pique:

"Message: Perri, I just finished your book and I wanted to share with you my appreciation.

Until now, no one has been able to define what I've been feeling about the "vibration" or "sound". Not only did you translate for me the thoughts and feelings I've had about the piano, but you reached in and "warranted" all
the second guessing I had done in thinking I was so different in what I was hearing.

I have a step son who plays and he hears nothing except his music.

I told him I wanted to be like that, but I'm not. I hear "through" the sound and listen to the vibrations. I can't help it, I wished I could, but thanks to you, my heart is content in knowing the reasons for my obession with vibration.

Thank you, thank you, thank you for writing your book. I will read it again and again. I cried through most of it as you described "my"
emotions. I haven't gone to the extent of finding the answers but am so glad you did.

I wanted to rescue you from the techs that treated you so badly and felt myself getting so angry because of their ignorance.

I feel like visiting Beethoven Pianos. I don't
travel much at all, but maybe one day.

I'm joining pianoworld today as libby girl if only to voice my sincerest appreciation for your ability to find "the answers" that many of us have.

:3hearts:
Posted by: piqué

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 12/28/07 12:43 PM

libby,

it is humbling to read your words and realize there are so many of us out there who resonate to these experiences.

thank you for reading, and for writing.
Posted by: SusieQ

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 12/28/07 01:10 PM

Pique - I just ordered my book through Amazon...and it is on the way. I can hardly wait to get it.
Posted by: pianoloverus

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 12/29/07 12:26 PM

I'm up for dinner after the Pianothon.
Posted by: piqué

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 12/29/07 01:37 PM

see next post....
Posted by: piqué

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 12/29/07 01:38 PM

 Quote:
Originally posted by pianoloverus:
I'm up for dinner after the Pianothon. [/b]
great! who else is in?
Posted by: Piano World

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 12/29/07 04:52 PM

At this point I am planning on joining the PianoThon.

If I do, I'll join you for dinner.

I see the book is up to 6 reviews on Amazon.com now, all 5 star, including one by someone who isn't even into piano :-)
Posted by: jazzwee

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 12/30/07 01:24 AM

pique, I'm enjoying reading the book and hearing about familiar characters. It's fun. I'm just in the middle so far and it did arrive as a Christmas present. So I'll get back to reading it in a moment.
Posted by: Goose68

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 12/31/07 02:17 PM

got my book in the mail today! \:\)
Posted by: piqué

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 01/03/08 10:01 PM

i'm leaving for ny on saturday, and won't have regular internet access after tomorrow.

if people want to arrange to get together for dinner after the pianothon and book a restaurant, please go ahead. you can always email me through the "contact" form on the book's website.

www.grandobsession.com

see you there!
Posted by: piqué

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 01/04/08 11:05 AM

here's what will probably be the final update on the new york city events:

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Friday, January 11, 2008, 7 pm, Barnes & Noble Lincoln Center, 1972 Broadway at West 66th St. (212) 595-6859. [/b]Perri will read, take questions, and sign books. Then Gabor Fuchs, Mikhail Pais, and Lex Korten[/b] perform classical and jazz on a Bösendorfer grand provided by Beethoven Pianos. Fuchs, trained at Moscow Conservatory, has been celebrated for his “sweeping, virtuosic flair” by The New York Times. His U.S. engagements have included Alice Tully Hall, Weill Recital Hall, and Merkin Concert Hall. Pais, 17, began his piano studies at the age of six at the Shostakovich Music School in Russia, and is the winner of multiple competitions. Korten, 13, is a jazz phenomenon who has lately been holding audiences spellbound in clubs around Manhattan.

(note to pw members--lex is grotriman's son!)

Saturday, January 12, 2008, 1:30-6:30 pm, the inaugural Piano Row “Pianothon,” celebrating the inception of the new Piano Row Association. West 58th Street between Broadway and Seventh Ave.[/b] Beethoven Pianos, Klavierhaus, Bechstein Piano Centre, and Faust Harrison Pianos host readings, a technical demonstration, performances, and a roving piano party on the only block devoted to piano showrooms in New York. You will have the opportunity to play the pianos at the end of each presentation, and GRAND OBSESSION will be available for sale and signing at each of the showrooms.

PIANOTHON SCHEDULE

1:30 pm Beethoven Pianos, 232 West 58th St.[/b] Perri reads from GRAND OBSESSION, and Marc Wienert[/b], chief of piano technology at the Manhattan School of Music, demonstrates his “Schubert concert tuning” on a Grotrian Cabinet grand[/b] (see Chapters 8, 12, 20, and 28), discusses tuning styles and “stretch characteristic,” and takes questions. Listeners will experience the sound that ignited Perri’s quest.

3 pm Klavierhaus, 211 West 58th St.[/b] Perri reads, and pianists [/b]Joseph Kubera and Mike “Phlebas” Olsen[/b] reprise their performances in GRAND OBSESSION on a gold Art case Pleyel[/b] and a new Italian make, a Fazioli.[/b] (See Chapter 15.) Joseph is well-known on the international contemporary music scene, and Mike is a long-time habituè of Pianoworld.com. Their performances will demonstrate the broad range of distinctive voices possible in pianos, and their suitability for different types of music. Questions and discussion to follow.

(note to pw members: joseph kubera is our "realplayer" and mike is our "phlebas.")

4 pm Bechstein Piano Centre, 207 West 58th St.[/b] Perri reads, then Temuri Akhobadze[/b], a concert pianist and émigré from the former Soviet republic of Georgia, plays Scriabin and Schumann on a Bechstein model C grand[/b].

5 pm Faust Harrison Pianos, 205 West 58th St.[/b] Perri reads, and store co-owner and composer Michael Harrison[/b] reprises his performance in GRAND OBSESSION of his abridged version of Revelation: Music in Pure Intonation[/b] (See Chapter 22) on a Blüthner concert grand[/b]. Revelation was named a top classical recording of 2007 by The New York Times and The Boston Globe. Michael and author/musicologist Stuart Isacoff[/b] will take questions about the art and science of this extraordinary listening experience. CDs available.

Posted by: Goose68

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 01/04/08 01:39 PM

Just finished the book... bravo!
Posted by: Goose68

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 01/04/08 01:48 PM

"1:30 pm Beethoven Pianos, 232 West 58th St. Perri reads from GRAND OBSESSION, and Marc Wienert, chief of piano technology at the Manhattan School of Music, demonstrates his “Schubert concert tuning” on a Grotrian Cabinet grand (see Chapters 8, 12, 20, and 28), discusses tuning styles and “stretch characteristic,” and takes questions. Listeners will experience the sound that ignited Perri’s quest."

Okay, after finishing this book, this is just painful to know about... \:\) To be IN Beethoven piano's and meet Perri AND Marc... AND hear the tuning on a Grotrian?

Why o why am I living on the west coast? O the humanity!
Posted by: piqué

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 01/04/08 02:21 PM

goose, i have just two words for you:

jet blue.


\:D
Posted by: Goose68

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 01/04/08 03:17 PM

\:\) You know, I really am considering it... but I dunno, I'm so new to this. I'm a *real* beginner, meaning I have like ONE song in my repertoire, and would feel really out of my league. Not that there's any expectations, but this seems... I dunno.

Anyway, I've never been to NY so there's a lot more to figure out than jet blue...

I'm thinking about it...
Posted by: Goose68

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 01/04/08 03:29 PM

lol at myself...

I'm so green to the East coast...

Where would I fly in exactly? JFK?

Thx for any info...
Posted by: VGrantano

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 01/04/08 05:05 PM

Fly to Newark NJ or LaGuardia. JFK is to far East.
Posted by: piqué

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 01/05/08 10:30 AM

i think jet blue only flies to jfk. alaska air flies to ewr (newark). i'll be there at midnight tonight. if you want to fly into laguardia, use northwest.

there's nothing wrong with flying into jfk. it's just a slightly longer trip into the city, but not that much longer. and if you really want to come, i think only jet blue is going to have affordable fares on such short notice.

do a quick search on expedia for airfares, then go directly to the cheapest airline's website to get the fare a few dollards cheaper.

alaska may be reasonable, too. the regional airlines seem to have the best deals.

as for a place to stay in the city, "name your own price" on priceline can yield some amazing deals. be bold and ask for a four star or three star hotel for under $100 and see what happens. \:\)
Posted by: Goose68

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 01/07/08 03:24 PM

OK, im going. \:\) Though I'm getting in at 7:55am Sat. haha.

See you there! I'm friggin excited!
Posted by: piqué

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 01/07/08 10:53 PM

goose, that is terrific!!! wait till i tell marc. way to amp up the pressure on him. ;\)
Posted by: Goose68

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 01/07/08 11:23 PM

Hi pique,

One more question... and sorry if this has been covered but I couldnt spot it.

Is it going to be OK to take pictures and/or video during the demo's, etc.? Not sure if I should bring my Handycam or not... ;\)

Thanks!
Jeff
Posted by: BWV846

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 01/10/08 10:05 AM

Pique,


Your writing is excellent and immersive, your experiences took me through an emotional rollercoaster. When you finally meet piano Marlene and describe it, I was thrilled and later on devastated (even on the second reading) when the piano lost its magic voice and presence somewhere in transit.

On your way to recover the "real" Marlene, you took me through an odyssey of intensity. Maybe it is not a ten year trip back to Ithaca or a journey from hell via purgatory to paradise or even a quest for a white whale but, for me, it still is a profound experience. You have helped me to realize that I too, want to "ride the crest of the wave of the expanding universe."

I have read "Piano Obsession" twice already since I bought it on December 31st. I didn't want the intensity of the reading experience to end. I really look forward the Pianothon on Saturday to hearing real pianos--I play a Yamaha P60 that I really like but don't have the room nor funds for an acoustic instrument--and talking to you and having you sign my copy of Piano Obsession.

Thank you for this wonderful reading experience.
Posted by: plays88skeys

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 01/10/08 12:22 PM

pique, after reading your posts for four years now, and vicariously going through the whole book writing process along with you, I am so looking forward to finally meeting you tomorrow night at your book signing and reading!

\:\)
Posted by: hotkeys

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 01/10/08 11:10 PM

I just ordered the book from Amazon, and I am planning to attend the events on Saturday.

- Mark
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 01/10/08 11:12 PM

My copy arrived today from amazon! Wish I were close enough to go to all these events. \:\(
Posted by: piqué

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 01/11/08 08:13 AM

we now have reservations for a private party of 26 at an italian restaurant called bricco on west 56th st. for 7 pm saturday, after the faust harrison presentation.

our number got too large for the indian restaurant we'd originally planned.

i'm going to be difficult to reach today, but if you didn't already post here that you are joining us (frank, i've included you), or haven't emailed me or spoken to me, and you want to be included, you can either call me or the faust harrison showrooom and ask to be added to the reservation.

the reservation at the restaurant is under the "faust harrison party"
Posted by: Piano World

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 01/11/08 02:33 PM

Anybody know where the best parking is around W. 58th? (read: cheapest)

(58th & 6, 7, or 8th ave)
Posted by: Anne Francis

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 01/11/08 03:50 PM

I just finished the book last night. Very interesting! Congratulations, Pique. I, too, wish I could join the gang in NYC this weekend!
Posted by: hotkeys

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 01/11/08 10:46 PM

I got some information from the website http://nyc.bestparking.com/#1 and found that ICON Dependable parking LLC(330 W 58th St between 8th and 9th Ave) charges $16 while Central parking systems (345 W 58th St between 8th and 9th Ave) charges $20. Keep in mind this is based on a 12 hour stay in the garage. There are others closer to piano row but they charge between $37 - $50 for the same time period. You may want to make a reservation ahead of time to save yourself headaches before you come into town.

- Mark
Posted by: Piano World

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 01/12/08 07:59 AM

Mark,

Thanks for the detective work.
I tried to look parking up but wasn't getting anywhere. I'll call one of these places.

Best,

Frank B.
Posted by: lovebach

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 01/12/08 09:36 PM

Pique--

I just finished reading your book this morning. I started reading it last night and stayed up the entire night (no sleep) to finish it. Safe to say that I couldn't put it down. I dearly love the piano, and it is so nice to share that experience with all of the characters (people) that you brought to life in your book. Thanks so much for sharing your story.

Music is moving, your book is moving, knowing that I share this deep love of piano is exquisite!!! I'm sure that many agree with me too!!! Love it, really and truly this is one of the best books that I've ever had the pleasure to read--you are an excellent writer. Now, my husband is sitting next to me reading your book too. He's in Ch 1 and is telling me how much he loves it already and thinks that you're an "excellent writer."

If you guys do the piano-row pianothon next year, we are flying out to participate. We would love that so much!!!!!

In the meantime, does anyone have any recordings of the current presentations/concerts from this year? And, are there recordings of Marlene that we can hear?

Congratulations!!!

I'm going to amazon to give you my 5 stars!!!!!
Posted by: Larry Buck

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 01/13/08 09:51 AM

Perry aka Pique' captivated a standing room only crowd at Beethoven Piano's with colorful excerpts from her Book, Grand Obsession.





A quiet moment of reflection between Perry and Marc Wienert before the people begin to arrive.
Posted by: Terrytunes

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 01/13/08 10:03 AM

Ahhhh.. very nice, Larry!! Lucky you!! thanks for posting pics!

Pique, Hope you are enjoying a most delightful celebration of events this weekend.
Posted by: Larry Buck

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 01/13/08 10:11 AM

TerryTunes,

Thanks. It was a very nice event. I am happy I made the trip.

Perry's reading from her book was most enjoyable.

Marc got up and spoke about his thoughts on tuning as well as answered questions from the audience.

I am now the proud owner of my signed copy of Grand Obsession.
Posted by: Busy Bee

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 01/13/08 11:15 AM

Very Nice! Wished I were there. I can't wait to read more. I'd love to hear about Marc's tuning of the Grotrian.
Posted by: Piano World

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 01/13/08 12:20 PM

It was a great afternoon.
I was happy to see Perri packed them in at every stop (standing room only).

It was interesting to hear her reading from her book, and provide additional back-story tid bits.

Of course listening to the pianist, and seeing all those beautiful pianos wasn't too hard to take either \:\)

Always a pleasure to run into old friends from the forums, and meet new ones.

My thanks to Perri for organizing the PianoThon and inviting all of us, and to each of the stores that opened their shops to us.

Everyone I spoke to who had read Grand Obsession raved about the book, and about Perri's writing style. They all agreed you don't have to be a piano lover to enjoy the book.

I will post some pictures I took during the PianoThon later, hoping Larry will post more (or tell me where to grab them).

I'm hoping someone will post about the dinner after the PianoThon last night. I wanted to go, but had run out of steam at the point (with a 3 hour drive still ahead of me).

If you haven't checked out the book yet, there are some free chapter excerpts here...
http://www.pianoworld.com/grandobsession/
Posted by: Bernard

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 01/13/08 12:44 PM

Friday, 1/11

It was a wonderful reading. Large crowd, lots of familiar faces and some pretty amazing playing from Grotriman's son. Pique is very good at public speaking. Her reading was enjoyable to listen to. I am happy you had such a great turnout pique! :thumbsup:

And I finally have my own inscribed copy of Grand Obsession!

I didn't take many pictures and of those I took only a few are worth posting.

Plays, jon-nyc and Rachel after purchasing their books as we were about to leave the store. I was stopped by the guard from taking any more pictures in the store! Go figure.


Here's Bootsy playing lovely music as always:


Jon and Jeffrey, discussing finance no doubt:


Bootsy, Plays and Cathys:



Saturday, 1/12,

Fantastic afternoon!

I joined the group at Klavier Haus where the Fazioli in the front window was to die for. Pique read some more from her book and Phlebas played a Chopin Etude (Op.25, No.1) twice--once on the art-case Pleyel and again on a concert sized Fazioli so we could contrast the tone. Of course there's no comparison, both pianos are beautiful in what they do. I was wowed by Phlebas' playing. IMO, his playing of the etude was clearer than that of the professional we heard the night before. After Phlebas's playing, RealPlayer played the 3rd movement of Ives' First Sonata. Another amazing performance from RealPlayer.

I have to find out where Klavierhaus got their fruits because for this time of year they were big, ripe and juicy. Very nice spread they laid out.

I'm with Phlebas in that my opinion of Bechsteins rose with our trip to their store following Klavierhaus. I very much enjoyed tapping out a few measures on some of their display models. There was also a nice performance at Bechstein's by a Russian pianist whose name I don't remember. I only recognized one piece he played, it was a Scriabin Prelude.

Faust Harrison's was overflowing with people, both front rooms were full up. Again, to set the stage, pique read from her book about tunings and then Michael Harrison played sections of his Revelations on a piano tuned to just intonation (or a modified version of it). It was interesting to listen to, but for me a little goes a long way. It's quite meditative. He also spoke of his vision for a "piano of the future" (which he sees coming about in the near future): a piano that can tune itself. According to his dream, you push a button for a desired tuning and when you get up the next morning, it has re-tuned itself. How cool is that!

It was a particular thrill to have Stuart Isacoff there, to meet him and have dinner across the table from him. I read his book "Temperament" a few years back and remember being very excited by it. I only wished I'd had my copy of the book there for him to sign.

Pique was great. Her readings were very well done and it's obvious the audience was entranced. There was lot's of interest, so much so that there wasn't time for all the audience's questions.

I'm very happy to have been able to partake of the weekend's wonderful events and consider myself lucky to know such lovely people.
Posted by: apple*

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 01/13/08 03:30 PM

[QUOTE]Originally posted by Larry Buck:
[QB] Perry aka Pique' captivated a standing room only crowd at Beethoven Piano's with colorful excerpts from her Book, Grand Obsession.



that just makes me so happy. It's so wonderful that the joy of piano is so captured for us.
Posted by: sophial

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 01/13/08 10:37 PM

Wish I could have been there! I got my copy and am almost half way through. Pique, it's wonderful! congratulations!!


Sophia
Posted by: plays88skeys

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 01/13/08 10:43 PM

I took a few video clips of the events.

This clip is our shining star, pique, at the Barnes and Noble reading. This is from Chapter One and she is telling the audience about her epiphany.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-2aOwc-Pios

The next clip is Phlebas dazzling everyone with a gorgeous Chopin etude on a Fazioli concert grand:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y1czcufveYQ

And last, but certainly not least, is RealPlayer performing a powerful Ives piece on the same Faziloi:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XtjZmCSPJp8


I hope this will give you all a taste of what you missed -- it was an event well worth attending! By the way, pique is one of the most charming ladies I've ever met. Her joy and ebullience radiated from every pore and I was thrilled for her successful weekend. I began reading my inscribed copy on the train trip home today, and am enjoying it immensely! Pique, you are an elegant writer - a word maestro!
Posted by: Piano*Dad

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 01/13/08 10:49 PM

Yet another, "gee, I wish I could've been there" post. \:D
Posted by: Piano World

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 01/14/08 11:39 AM

I see the book now has 10 - 5 Star Reviews on Amazon.com

It's great to read so many positive comments.
Posted by: Goose68

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 01/14/08 03:00 PM

The event was awesome. Thanks so much Perri and all for all the reading and dialog. AND let's not forget the performances! I've never been around so many talented people in one room (at least not that I was acutely aware of ;\) ).

I have a couple pics I will try to post soon.

Bravo!

p.s. I tried to submit a review on Amazon, but it never showed up. Will have to try again...
Posted by: Anne Francis

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 01/14/08 05:07 PM

Pique, I'm trying to PM you, but your box is (understandably) full...
Posted by: piqué

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 01/14/08 10:25 PM

hi, everyone, finally getting a moment to settle down a bit.

it was an awesome weekend. thanks to all of you who came. attendance certainly exceeded our expectations and it was so wonderful to see every one of you.

i will reply to specific posts in due time. i need to get some sleep. just put mr. pique on a plane, and i head directly to anaheim from jfk on weds. look for me at the grotrian booth or come to steve miller's party on saturday!

anne, you can write to me any time through my website's contact form.

'night!

pk
Posted by: Goose68

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 01/15/08 12:25 AM

Anaheim, CA... My home town! (well sorta, Santa Ana/Irvine)

Have fun down there!
Posted by: piqué

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 01/15/08 09:13 AM

here's some pictures from my camera, most of them taken by mr. pique:

l-r: phlebas, plays88keys, cathys at bricco, the italian restaurant we all went to after the pianothon:



frank, i was so sorry to miss you at dinner. i hope we have a chance to spend more time together in anaheim.
Posted by: piqué

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 01/15/08 09:17 AM

across the table from the above are, l-r: realplayer, bernard, matt (salesperson at faust harrison) and matt's friend:



at the other table we have, l-r, brian, a friend of my brother's, my close friend kim (who appears in the book), mr. pique at the head of the table, joe (brian's partner), my brother (with the goatee), and my brother's partner john.



here's the scene at faust harrison--we filled two rooms, standing room only for this event:



packed house at klavierhaus, where phlebas and realplayer performed chopin and ives on a vintage pleyel and a new fazioli, a la "grand obsession" chapter "the piano crawl."

Posted by: piqué

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 01/15/08 09:25 AM

here's the scene at beethoven pianos, also standing room only, where marc wienert demonstrated his technical prowess on two grotrian grands:



we had lots of local ptg members at that event!

here's me and marc sitting before the boesendorfer provided by carl demler, owner of beethoven pianos, at the barnes & noble reading. marc prepared this piano, too. it was lovely! thank you marc and carl!



do my pre-performance jitters show? this is just before the b&n event:



thanks so much to all of you who came. to spend three days in the company of my fellow pianophiles was heaven on earth for me. especial thanks to those of you who traveled so far and made this event even more special by your presence.

it may be very hard for me to get online after tomorrow, when i fly to anaheim, so if i don't reply to you or show up for a while, that's why.

here's a heads up for this coming sunday, january 20th: both the new york times book review and the washington post book world are reviewing "grand obsession" ! we should be able to read it online during the party at steve miller's.

of course i am a bit on tenterhooks about what kind of a review i will get, but considering that these publications only review very few books out of the 200,000 that are published every year, just to appear in their pages is an honor, no matter how the review turns out.

so, look for it.

and also thanks to the many of you who have provided those five-star reviews to amazon!!! you are really giving the book a boost and i appreciate it so much.
Posted by: Piano World

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 01/15/08 09:48 AM

 Quote:
Originally posted by piqué:
here's some pictures from my camera, most of them taken by mr. pique:

l-r: phlebas, plays88keys, cathys at bricco, the italian restaurant we all went to after the pianothon:



frank, i was so sorry to miss you at dinner. i hope we have a chance to spend more time together in anaheim. [/b]
Hi Pique'

Great pictures, thanks for sharing.
I'm sorry I couldn't join everyone at the dinner, would have loved to sit and chat.

I had two teeth pulled on Thursday, and it didn't go well. I'll spare you the details, but suffice it to say I'd reached capacity Sat. night, and knowing I still had a 3 hour drive, decided I'd better just hit the road.

Looking forward to seeing you at NAMM, and at the piano party/book signing. We'll defintely catch up in CA.

I hope a lot of members (and non-members/future members) will be joining us at Steve's party.

NYT and the Washington Post? Yikes!
Posted by: Betty Patnude

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 01/15/08 01:02 PM

I love this topic - Pique - and Grand Obsession!

I keep picking up my autographed book to read again and again - I just can't get enough. It is so alive, I'm present in the midst of it, it speaks deeply to me, and I've treasured the first chapter as I started. I had to put the book down at the end of chapter 1 and absorb all that I witnessed. There were many other places where I stopped and dwelled too.

I don't read books like this - I zip through - get the highpoints and pick up another. This book is still with me, since before Christmas, and I wonder if it will always now reside on the table next to my reading chair.

This book, and this topic here is something that is breathing new experiences into my life. The people, the many people who contributed to the story, the problem, the dedication. All that travel. It's a story of dedication and destiny.

I emailed this thread to myself so I can enjoy the contents here, and when it is time for my granddaughter to inherit my music library, she will have this book as the "jewel" on the top with a private note to her, and the writings and pictures in the forum.

Excellent and meaningful! Thank you, Pique!

And, thank you, over and over again, to the PWF friend who gifted me with "Grand Obsession". This story is most significant to me!

Betty
Posted by: Playmisty4me

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 01/15/08 03:34 PM

Pique', thank you, thank you, thank you for the wonderful book!! I am about half-way through and can hardly put it down to attend to the tasks of day-to-day living! Music is such an integral part of life, in fact, the life force for many of us. To know I am not alone in my piano obsession is like a giant caress to my soul. The book contains so many insights, so much knowledge, and puts into words what so many of us must feel. Thank you so much for the work and effort put into sharing your experiences with the rest of us, especially those of us out here in the "boonies". I trust that the book will be wildly successful!
Posted by: hotkeys

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 01/16/08 09:41 PM

What a wonderful day! \:\)

I really had a fantastic time at this get together. I learned a lot from Perri and Marc's stories and lectures. And I tried out many of the pianos there! No "one" piano spoke to my heart, though I liked the tone from the Bluthner I played at Faust Harrison.

I am three quarters the way through the copy I purchased and Pique autographed for me. I learned valuable lessons from this book. I am confident they will serve as a guide as I shop for pianos. I was also amazed how supportive everyone is. I had a quick lesson in playing Chopin at the Bechstein store. \:D

Thank you Pique for putting together a great piano party. This day was truly "Piano Heaven", I could imagine what we can do for an encore!

- Mark
Posted by: Masonite

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 01/17/08 10:36 PM

So, how about some impressions of the pianos / performances?
1) Beethoven - the two 192s were glorious. It was ear-opening to compare the two tunings. Honestly I liked them both, with the "concert" tuning being a familiar beast, and the "Schubert" tuning closer and more intimate. I think the "S" requires more precision and possibly more brilliance in playing while the "C" is naturally more open and allows for easier subtlety.
2) KlavierHaus - Fazioli / Pleyel smackdown. What a wonderful aura of overtones! Chopin's great on it. The waltz was scary on the Fazioli, interesting, considering I loved the tone on the big one in the other room. The Ives though justified the instrument, with the clarity and distinctness serving the complex harmonics and melodic movement well. I guess everyone needs at least two pianos. Enjoyed Realplayer's playing very much.
3) Bechstein - they were a little uncomfortable with the group, but they're the new kid on the block. They have a good selection too to test. The russian was an excellent player, limpid and transporting, although I didn't care for the precision of his syncopated piece playing.
4) Faust-Harrison - what to make of that? What a glorious piano the Bluthner is! pique's stab at Chopin on that bizzare tuning was a hoot. Can't say I care for the Michael Harrison's cliquey esotericism, but he is quite genuine in his efforts and accomplishes a lot in that piece - if you can stay with it, it engages one in a lot of ways. It gave me ideas on how to re-interpret the Villa Lobos Toccata. I liked the skew of hearing a piece in a different tuning, but I didn't hear trombones sitars gazelles sighing and whatnot.
After the piano crawl was over, I felt as though I was emerging from a exalted state. I totally forgot to drop my daughter off at a sleepover, but recovered from that. What a great day.
Posted by: pianoloverus

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 01/19/08 08:55 AM

Congratulations Pique on the terrific review of your book in the New York Times Book Review!
Posted by: josephl

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 01/20/08 09:56 AM

Congratulations Pique on the reviews. Finished the book a few days ago and look forward to re-reading in a few months.

Here I links to the Washington Post Review:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/01/17/AR2008011702947_pf.html

New York Times
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/20/books/review/Brockes-t.html
Posted by: Jeanne W

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 01/20/08 11:00 AM

Hi, Pique!

I bought your book at Barnes & Nobles in Nashua, New Hampshire on Friday. Been reading it every chance I get since then. It's a real page turner! So many things you say and write about resonate with my feelings also!

I'm just checking in briefly at this time, however. I haven't finished reading your book yet and my husband, Lloyd, keeps stealing it. He's in the sunporch right now finishing up a chapter. \:D I'll post again later on after I've finished reading it.

A few parting thoughts for now... I'm wondering if you have any preferences about whether some of the finer points you talk about in your book are discussed (or should I say "revealed") on PW? And if that is Ok with you and I or someone else were to do that, I would suggest the title of the post include a disclaimer of some sort, i.e. "For Those Who Have Already Read "Grand Obsession".
I say that because there are things I think best left for readers to discover for themselves in your book. I'd not want that experience to be spoiled!

Congrats, again, on "Grand Obsession!" \:\)

Jeanne W
Posted by: Anne Francis

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 01/20/08 07:52 PM

Pique, may I join in the congratulations for the ecstatic NYT review. (I went out and bought the NYT this morning, but couldn't get the Washington Post and so haven't read it yet--thanks for the links, Joseph L!)
Posted by: Bernard

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 01/20/08 09:14 PM

Very much enjoying the book, pique. Great read.

I picked up the Times today and cut out the review. Will keep it tucked inside the front cover.
Posted by: Terrytunes

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 01/21/08 12:16 PM

 Quote:
I picked up the Times today and cut out the review. Will keep it tucked inside the front cover.
That's a good idea, Bernard. I'm going to start taking my book along to gatherings and have other members sign it. Reading PW and attending gatherings have truly inspired me to enjoy my many challenges with the piano and to have the support of good friends along the way!
Posted by: lilylady

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 01/21/08 01:40 PM

Hey, TT,

A whole book autographed by fellow forum members?

What a great idea!
Posted by: Anne Francis

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 01/21/08 07:15 PM

 Quote:
Originally posted by Jeanne W:
I'm wondering if you have any preferences about whether some of the finer points you talk about in your book are discussed (or should I say "revealed") on PW? And if that is Ok with you and I or someone else were to do that, I would suggest the title of the post include a disclaimer of some sort, i.e. "For Those Who Have Already Read "Grand Obsession".
[/b]
I'd like to do the same on the tech forum, with your approval, Pique. And inviting ONLY those who have read the book.
Posted by: Bernard

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 01/22/08 10:47 AM

Michael Harrison has been mentioned in this thread a few times and he played part of his "Revelations" for our stop at Faust Harrison.

While I was there I picked up a copy of his earlier album called "From Ancient Worlds For Harmonic Piano." I find myself listening to it a lot. It's gorgeous, meditative and spiritual. Soothing too. I highly recommend it.
Posted by: cruiser

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 01/22/08 11:46 AM

My copy of 'Grand Obsession' has arrived here in Hamburg... can't put it down!

Pique (Perri?), if you ever return to Germany, the birthplace of the object of your obsession, please let me know. I'd love to meet you, and have my copy autographed! \:\)
Posted by: Norbert

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 01/22/08 11:52 AM

This is a 'must read' for anybody seriously looking at pianos.

We'll make it a condition before anybody can buy a piano here.

And perhaps a gift after.....

Norbert ;\)
Posted by: Piano World

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 01/22/08 12:18 PM

Chatting with my seat-mate on my cross-country flight (to NAMM) I found out she is on the advisory committee for choosing books in her school district, and a published author.

Of course I mentioned Grand Obsession, and that I happened to have my copy with me. She asked if she might take a look.

She read 14 chapters on the plane, and probably would have finished it if we weren't landing.

She said she loved the "voice" the author writes in, and found the book mesmerizing. "I have to pick up this book as soon as I can so I can finish it" she said.

This from a woman who does not play any instruments.

I think the Washington Post review does a good job of explaining how Pique's book could appeal to anyone, including people not "into piano".
Posted by: lovebach

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 01/22/08 05:54 PM

Frank,

I really agree with you that anyone could enjoy this book. If anyone is planning a trip, this is an excellent book to read on a long flight--it would make it so enjoyable. My husband recently went to Greece, and he regretted not having this book with him on the flight. This would be a great book for airport bookstores!!!
Posted by: piqué

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 01/22/08 10:02 PM

 Quote:
Originally posted by pianoloverus:
Congratulations Pique on the terrific review of your book in the New York Times Book Review! [/b]
thanks, pl! it was so much fun to finally meet you in nyc. \:\)

and thanks everyone for your kind words about the book.

jeanne and anne, if you want to have discussion threads about the book, you don't need my permission (that's one of the hazards of becoming an author ;\) )--just please try to be kind. writing it was a lot of hard work, but i know people are entitled to say whatever they like about it.

i'd just suggest having the thread title bear a warning, something like SPOILER ALERT, so that those who haven't read the book will know not to venture there.

also i would encourage people who have questions about the book to ask away. i have q&a at my readings and that is fun. i never know what people are going to ask.
Posted by: piqué

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 01/22/08 10:12 PM

frank,
thanks yet again for talking up the book--getting the book onto school curriculums is definitely something we'd like to see happen. you have great luck with seatmates! \:D
Posted by: Steve Miller

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 01/22/08 11:12 PM

Well, well, well! Pique uses the term "landfill piano" at least once in her story.

I wonder where that came from?

(Awesome book!)
Posted by: jazzyprof

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 01/23/08 12:21 AM

Pique, congratulations on the fantastic review of your book in the New York Times! Do you realize that on the the very back page of your review was a review of a Condoleeza Rice biography with a cartoon of the Secretary of State playing...you guessed it...a grand piano!
Condi at a grand
Posted by: Harling

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 01/23/08 12:26 AM

Is Condi playing, or piddling, in that cartoon? mdsdurango - perhaps you can tell us?
Posted by: piqué

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 01/23/08 12:43 AM

what can i say, steve? you are so quotable!
Posted by: Jeanne W

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 01/23/08 07:58 AM

Hi, again, Pique:

Just popping in for a minute - you may find the article I just posted "The internal 'orchestra' of the earth" of interest. \:\)

Jeanne W
Posted by: piqué

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 01/23/08 09:05 AM

jeanne, i looked for your post on this, but couldn't find it. provide a link?
Posted by: Piano World

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 01/23/08 12:33 PM

http://www.pianoworld.com/ubb/ubb/ultimatebb.php?/topic/1/20882.html#000000

I'm not sure if everyone can do this or it's just an admin function (I should know this stuff).

If you click on a members name in any post of their's, you should get their profile (as a pop up). At the top of their profile should be a link to "recent posts", listing all their, well, recent posts :-)
Posted by: rustyfingers

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 01/24/08 11:37 AM

Anybody who's logged in can do it.
Posted by: Piano World

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 01/24/08 11:47 AM

FYI...

The LA Times Article about Grand Obsession and the Piano Forums is posted on their web site.
Posted by: piqué

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 01/24/08 02:10 PM

there's also this rave review in the missoula independent:

http://www.missoulanews.com/index.cfm?do=article.details&id=A8A6C263-E112-305A-6F1145803B924A86

 Quote:
For me, Grand Obsession was intimately powerful: It changed the way I look at the world.
thank you. i can die happy now.

\:\)
Posted by: whippen boy

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 01/24/08 03:46 PM

Perri,

I wanted to congratulate you on your wonderful accomplishment - well done!

And to tell you that your book was the *only* birthday present I asked for, and received. \:\)

Now if I can just figure out how to get that autograph... ;\)
Posted by: piqué

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 01/24/08 05:08 PM

wb,
i've been asked to come to the bay area this spring. i don't know yet if it will happen. but if it does i would be thrilled to sign your book for you.
Posted by: PianoKat

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 01/24/08 06:49 PM

 Quote:
Originally posted by piqué:
thank you. i can die happy now.

[/QUOTE]

Absolutely not! I need to read the sequel: "Marlene Speaks: How I Chose My Human"

\:\)

Seriously - I loved the book! Like all good writers, you made us feel that you have written about "our" experiences too... maybe not exactly with Marlene, but with life.
Posted by: Norbert

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 01/26/08 12:15 AM

pique:

Your book is absolutely stunning: I read it cover ot cover in 2 short days!
[and nights...]

[loved your description of Mr.Stein.... ;\) ]

Now:

How you're keeping the Paparazzi and hordes of groupies off your back?

Norbert \:D
Posted by: cruiser

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 01/26/08 03:08 PM

I'm confused

I thought our writer's name was 'Perri'. Where does 'Pique' come from? Is it a nickname?

Sorry if I've missed something obvious :rolleyes:
Posted by: sue_deutscher

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 01/26/08 03:20 PM

I'm reading it now and LOVE it!
Posted by: Harling

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 01/26/08 03:50 PM

 Quote:
Originally posted by cruiser:
I'm confused

I thought our writer's name was 'Perri'.Where does 'Pique' come from? Is it a nickname?

Sorry if I've missed something obvious :rolleyes: [/b]
Mike, sorry I mean cruiser; its Perri, oops, I mean piqué.
Posted by: cruiser

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 01/26/08 03:51 PM

see? ... told you I'd missed something obvious! :rolleyes:

Thanks Harling \:\)
Posted by: piqué

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 01/26/08 04:38 PM

thanks, everyone, for buying the book and for your complements.

don't forget that amazon.com is still accepting five-star reviews! ;\)
Posted by: Piano World

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 01/26/08 09:59 PM

My Google Alerts notified me that the book is also on the "Editor's Choice" list for the NYT...

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/27/books/review/EdChoice-t.html?_r=1&oref=slogin
Posted by: JonBrom

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 01/26/08 11:56 PM

Posted by: ChatNoir

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 01/27/08 08:14 PM

Have you all read the Los Angeles Times today? Great article, and even better photos.
Posted by: piqué

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 01/29/08 01:16 PM

i just got word this morning. "grand obsession" has gone into a second printing!
Posted by: Busy Bee

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 01/29/08 01:25 PM

Congrats!!! Well deserved.
Posted by: lucie_eva

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 01/29/08 03:06 PM

Perri,

I just finished reading your book. Thank you so much for having written it. Not only did it enlighten me on the whole subject and provide material for further personal research, it was so good that it kept me reading late at nights! Also, more crucial at this time, it helped me retain my sanity after having purchased my new piano that keeps sounding false to my ears. I will be patient and hope everything turns out like it did for you. Thanks again and I hope your book becomes a great success!

Lucie
Posted by: piqué

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 01/29/08 03:08 PM

thank you, lucie!!

and thank you, too, libby. \:\)
Posted by: piqué

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 01/30/08 01:39 PM

for those of you who have been asking where you can get a personally inscribed first edition of the book (going fast--second printing is in the works), there is now a new source:

fact & fiction books
ffbook@montana.com
call toll free at 1.800.769.7323

i signed a bunch last night, but will go dowtown to personally inscribe yours to you or whoever you wish if you request it. the owner's name is barbara, but anyone there can help you.
Posted by: birchy

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 01/30/08 06:04 PM

 Quote:
Originally posted by piqué:
i just got word this morning. "grand obsession" has gone into a second printing! [/b]
That was extraordinarily quick, wasn't it? Unusual nowadays for two printings in hard cover, especially within such a short time.

Shows the power of good writing based on deep research and a really[/b] big circle of friends...

Congratulations
Posted by: bkkmd

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 01/31/08 10:52 AM

As also a Grotrian 192 owner, I just finished the book and absolutely enjoy it very much. But now I am paranoid! How will I ever find the right tuner over here \:\)
Congratulation and thank you very much for such an excellent book.
Posted by: piqué

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 02/01/08 09:35 AM

the l.a. times review is out:


http://www.latimes.com/features/books/la-et-book1feb01,0,5185416.story
Posted by: sophial

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 02/03/08 02:22 PM

Perri,
Congratulations on the second printing! that is outstanding. I finished the book as well and just loved it. It put so well into words many of the same feelings I've -- but so beautifully expressed. A good friend in another city clipped out the NYT review and mailed it to me, without my having mentioned the book to her, because it struck her (a non-pianist) as so perfect. thank you!


Sophia
Posted by: sophial

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 02/05/08 10:58 AM

Just saw a picture and short article in More magazine on Grand Obsession (nice picture of you, pique).


Sophia
Posted by: piqué

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 02/05/08 02:42 PM

thank you, sophia! \:\)

i had a pretty good live interview on a local san fran radio station yesterday. you can listen to the sound clip on their site.

if you go to www.grandobsession.com you'll see lots of updated pages, including a recording of me playing chopin on the flash page, updated reviews page, updated news and events, and more pages of videos and pics from past events.

the link to the radio broadcast is on the news and events page.

i'm doing another live show tomorrow--"soundcheck" on wnyc with john schaefer. stuart isacoff will be on the program, too. should be fun!
Posted by: piqué

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 02/05/08 02:44 PM

here's the link to yesterday's interview:

http://kpfa.org/archives/index.php?arch=24641

one of the interviewers, sarah cahill, often performs with our own realplayer. i thought she asked wonderful questions.
Posted by: piqué

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 02/05/08 11:20 PM

"soundcheck" "pre-interviewed" me twice today, and it is going to be fun. they are talking about the future of the piano industry, and in particular the future of boesendorfer now that it's being bought by yamaha.

stuart isacoff, the editor of piano today is going to be on the first 20 minutes, talking about the business side. then i'll come on and talk about my book.

they're going to cue me in with a clip of marlene dietrich singing "falling in love again" \:D \:D \:D

(i said it would be fun!)

tune into wnyc from 12-1 EST.
Posted by: bwise1

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 02/06/08 01:40 PM

Brian, from WNYC's Soundcheck here. Just a head's up that you can also tune in to hear an interview on WNYC's Web site. The audio will be archived here later in the day as well:

http://www.wnyc.org/shows/soundcheck/episodes/2008/02/06

Cheers
Posted by: Pianosmith

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 02/06/08 10:08 PM

I caught the interview today on NYC and thought you did great. I am a little biased though
It was a pleasure meeting you at NAMM. I wish we could have made the party but never did find out the address.
Love the book and will be ordering some for our store.

Ken
Posted by: piqué

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 02/07/08 05:19 AM

ken, that is great to hear! it was a pleasure meeting you, too. i am so sorry you missed the party.
Posted by: SHPiano

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 02/07/08 11:21 AM

A Grand Gift:
I've got a good friend who lives in Minnesota. He and his wife just recently visited my wife and I. We had a wonderful time. I even played a little for him on the Bluthner (kind of a big deal insofar as I'm a beginner and still pretty self-conscious). He and his wife are also piano lovers. In fact, they recently inherited a 1920's Steinway B that I'm trying to convince them to restore. He's also familiar with the journey I took to find my Bluthner.

In any case, my birthday was Monday. When I came home from work yesterday an Amazon box was waiting for me. I opened it up and guess what was inside? Yep, "Grand Obsession"!

What a great and thoughtful gift. I can't wait to read it. I also can't wait to tell him that I kind of know the author through this forum.
Posted by: piqué

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 02/08/08 01:00 AM

kewl. and happy birthday SHP. hope you enjoy the book.

my birthday's tomorrow (today? depends on time zone). i wonder what i will get? i bet it will not be a copy of G.O. \:D

Posted by: slowlearner

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 02/08/08 11:13 AM

HAPPY BIRTHDAY PERRY!

I hope you have an Excellent day with Marlene.

Have you been to 1066 Pianos in Whitefish? I tried PMing you about them but your mailbox was full. Any information about them would be much appreciated as they are my nearest Bohemia dealer at 300 miles.

Happy returns, \:\)
Posted by: apple*

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 02/08/08 11:16 AM

yes... happy birthday pique..

you deserve one
Posted by: piqué

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 02/08/08 11:43 AM

 Quote:
Originally posted by 9finger:
HAPPY BIRTHDAY PERRY!

I hope you have an Excellent day with Marlene.

Have you been to 1066 Pianos in Whitefish? I tried PMing you about them but your mailbox was full. Any information about them would be much appreciated as they are my nearest Bohemia dealer at 300 miles.

Happy returns, \:\) [/b]
thanks, 9finger (i hope that is not an accurate description of your hands?)

i have never been to 1066 pianos in whitefish. whitefish is about three hours from me.

where are you? i believe fandrich & sons in stanwood wa. carries bohemia.
Posted by: piqué

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 02/08/08 11:44 AM

thank you, apple! \:\)
Posted by: apple*

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 02/08/08 12:39 PM

i'd add that little accent if i could
Posted by: slowlearner

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 02/08/08 01:18 PM

Hi Perry,

Yes, "Fandrich and Sons" carries Bohemia, it is also the standard line for their Fandrich Vertical Action, though one Fuerich model is also available with their vertial action. It will be some time before I can get over to the coast but I'm planning on visiting their shop; we've already been in touch.

I'm in eastern WA, and Whitefish is actually a bit closer to me than Stanwood. Based on reviews of the FVA and the Fandrichs themselves I'm inclined to lean in their direction. But, I'd like to have some other Bohemia dealer to compare.

As to my nom de plume, it could be looked at two ways, if I'm a thalidimide baby with an extra digit (9 fingers and two thumbs) then other pianists might be envious. If one digit is truncated or missing then I'd likely be an object of sympathy. Both cases are generally undesirable so I'll leave it to your imagination. ;\)

Again, any info on 1066 would be appreciated, even if it is 2nd hand through you.

Ciao,
Posted by: slowlearner

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 02/08/08 01:20 PM

Hi Perry,

Yes, "Fandrich and Sons" carries Bohemia, it is also the standard line for their Fandrich Vertical Action, though one Fuerich model is also available with their vertical action. It will be some time before I can get over to the coast but I'm planning on visiting their shop; we've already been in touch.

I'm in eastern WA, and Whitefish is actually a bit closer to me than Stanwood. Based on reviews of the FVA and the Fandrichs themselves I'm inclined to lean in their direction. But, I'd like to have some other Bohemia dealer to compare.

As to my nom de plume, it could be looked at two ways, if I'm a thalidimide baby with an extra digit (9 fingers and two thumbs) then other pianists might be envious. If one digit is truncated or missing then I'd likely be an object of sympathy. Both cases are generally undesirable so I'll leave it to your imagination. ;\)

Again, any info on 1066 would be appreciated, even if it is 2nd hand through you.

Ciao,
Posted by: slowlearner

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 02/08/08 01:30 PM

 Quote:
Originally posted by 9finger:
Hi Perry,
Sorry, Double post.
Ciao, [/b]
Posted by: Terrytunes

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 02/08/08 11:01 PM



Piqué... this should be one of your grandest birthdays ever!!

Here's to many years of celebrating the success of Grand Obsession[/b]!
Posted by: Terrytunes

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 02/08/08 11:05 PM

i'd add that little accent if i could[/b]

psst.. apple, try Alt + 0233 (using number lock) ;\)
Posted by: piqué

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 02/09/08 09:15 AM

é é

ha!

\:D
Posted by: Larisa

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 02/09/08 12:50 PM

I'm new here, and in fact, I came to these forums because of your book - and what a wonderful book it is. Happy belated birthday!
Posted by: piqué

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 02/09/08 07:31 PM

very cool, larisa! welcome to pianoworld. how did you hear about the book?

and thanks for the birthday wishes. i'm glad you enjoyed the book.
Posted by: hotkeys

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 02/09/08 11:45 PM

You missed a great party Larisa. \:\) My impressions on the day is on page 3 of this forum topic.

- Mark
Posted by: Lyn Bronson

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 02/10/08 11:59 PM

I just downloaded "Grand Obsession" on my Kindle Cyber reader and have almost finished reading it.

Since I am reading it electronically, may I ask are there any photos of the fascinating people she encounters in the hardcover edition?

Thanks,

Lyn Bronson
Posted by: Piano World

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 02/11/08 08:36 AM

 Quote:
Originally posted by Lyn Bronson:
I just downloaded "Grand Obsession" on my Kindle Cyber reader and have almost finished reading it.

Since I am reading it electronically, may I ask are there any photos of the fascinating people she encounters in the hardcover edition?

Thanks,

Lyn Bronson [/b]
Hi Lyn,

As one of the not so fascinating people in the book :-), I can tell you there are no pictures in the hard cover.

However, you can find a number of pictures of people in the book here on the forums.

Some examples:

SoCAL NAMM Party & Book Signing
http://www.pianoworld.com/ubb/ubb/ultimatebb.php?/topic/1/20133.html

LA Times Article with pictures
http://www.pianoworld.com/ubb/ubb/ultimatebb.php?/topic/1/20903.html

NYC PianoThon, Book Reading, and Book Signing
http://www.pianoworld.com/ubb/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?/topic/1/20395/3.html

NY Piano Crawl (2003)
http://www.pianoworld.com/ubb/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?/topic/22/18.html
Posted by: piqué

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 02/11/08 09:16 AM

lyn,
the book's website also has a collection of photos, videos, radio interviews, and a sound clip, as well as links to the sites of many of the characters (and those sites have lots of photos):

www.grandobsession.com

click on "news & events" "new york events" "california events" and "links".

but the links frank posted also have forum members' accounts of the events.
Posted by: Tacoma David

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 02/11/08 06:26 PM

Finished reading your wonderful book, Grand Obsession, one hour ago. Having been on a quest for a grand piano for our church in Tacoma for over two months, I had some similar experiences to yours early on (meeting Darrell and Heather Fandrich at their home/studio/piano barn), and of course trying out at least two or three dozen pianos, including the some of the pianos at the "110 Steinways Show" in Seattle last November.

Quite by luck (at the recommendation of piano technician Michael Reiter) I encountered a restored/refinished Model O 1928 Hamburg Steinway...and when I sat down to play, it was very similar to what you describe when you found your Grotrian, "Marlene." The treble sound is creamy, round and bell-like. I fell in love with this piano. Our story ends with Hamburg Steinway now singing out our church as of two month ago, thanks to generous donations from our parishioners.

Thanks for bringing such a marvelous story to those who love the piano, and for the insights to better understand the sometimes temperamental nature of these instruments (vis a vis temperature, humidity, and of course, the effects of simply playing the instrument).
Brava!

David Dahl, Director of Music Ministries,
Christ Episcopal Church, Tacoma, WA
(Also, personal owner of a rare 1885 Henry Miller upright pedal piano (30 note pedalboard that plays coupled at 16' pitch.)
Posted by: piqué

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 02/12/08 10:51 AM

thank you, david. i am so glad to know you enjoyed the book. and congratulations on your hamburg steinway. they are indeed very close in personality to the grotrians.
Posted by: piqué

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 02/14/08 09:19 PM

special alert to pacific northwesterners. classical grands of seattle is going to host a book reading/signing/piano party in mid-april as part of their grand reopening celebration at their new/old store in north seattle.

we are looking at dates from april 11 to 16th. does anyone have a preference? week night? weekend?
Posted by: Woody-Woodruff

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 02/15/08 01:39 PM

Perri,
Is that you and Marlene playing at the intro to your website?
Posted by: piqué

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 02/15/08 02:42 PM

it's me and marlene's distant cousin in new york. ;\)
Posted by: Skip D

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 02/18/08 04:41 PM

Just finished the book in less than a week! Really wonderful. Now I understand why I love pianos so much. My parents could never understand why I was so facinated by different instruments(They think their old untuned Lester Console in the living room is as good as it gets) On my 3rd piano since 1996 (Petrof 131 now, some kind of big grand is my next goal). Great reading!
Posted by: pianodevo

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 02/18/08 07:16 PM

Among all the terrific things about Pique's book, perhaps the most wonderful (for me, also a professional writer):

She had faith in her unique idea, worked hard, saw things through, and has seen the successful realization of her concept.

All this should give us confidence to pursue our ideas and dreams ....

BTW, read through my copy twice and it's even better the second time around!
Posted by: Anne Francis

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 02/22/08 05:31 PM

 Quote:
Originally posted by piqué:
it's me and marlene's distant cousin in new york. ;\) [/b]
I'm glad Woody asked that question. It made me go back and listen. I recognize that Chopin prelude, and your playing is lovely, Pique.
Posted by: pianodevo

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 02/26/08 06:05 PM

Went to grandobsession.com and listened to the music playing when the site comes up ... beautiful and heartfelt playing by Pique!
Posted by: Woody-Woodruff

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 02/28/08 01:29 PM

Perri,
I just completed your book and wanted to say thanks. It's nice to know that other people can feel things the same way you do. Two questions if I may.
1. When do your fans get to experience you and Marlene?
2. Can you still tear-up when the two of you play?
Posted by: Jeanne W

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 02/28/08 06:36 PM

Hi, Perri:

I've been meaning to post for some time. Sorry it's taken so long.

Lloyd and I both have finished reading your book. I don't know that I can put into words any better what so many people here are saying, so I'll just say: WAY TO GO, PIQUE: IT'S TERRIFIC!

Congratulations! I wish you much success with your book and Lloyd and I send our regards to you, your husband and.....Marlene!

\:D

Jeanne W

P.S. Anyone who is thinking of buying a piano, YOU HAVE TO TRY A GROTRIAN!
Posted by: Terrytunes

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 02/28/08 08:41 PM

Jeanne... In case you haven't already noticed the latest update for Piqué's spring touring schedule, check this out! ;\)
Posted by: Horace

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 03/01/08 12:07 AM

Pique, great book! Congratulations on all the well deserved praise. Fantastic accomplishment!
Posted by: scholarr

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 03/03/08 01:04 PM

Hi Perri,

Are you still making book appearances and if so, any plans for hitting San Francisco? You probably came here already, but I missed you.

Steve
Posted by: Doogs

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 03/04/08 01:09 AM

Pique, you should know that I walked into Beethoven pianos today. Carl was there (didn't recognize me despite selling me a piano and working on it extensively and moving it twice.)

Before I walked out, Carl was selling your book to me. It was sitting right on the desk and of course I knew what was coming as soon as he said "You might like to read..."

"Yes, I read it.."

He proudly informed me that the book had made people cry.

He was really like a proud papa.
Posted by: cruiser

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 03/05/08 06:24 AM

Could someone - piqué perhaps? - please remind me which Chopin waltz Perri repeatedly played during her quest to find the piano of her dreams? I don't have my copy of 'Grand Obsession' with me right now.

Thanks in advance \:\)
cruiser
Posted by: Carol I.

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 03/09/08 02:38 PM

I'm quite sure that it was the B minor waltz - that was a memorable detail of the book for me because it's the piece that I often play when I try out a new piano. (And the Chopin waltz mentioned on the first page of the book is one that I'm working on learning right now!)

Carol
Posted by: diinin

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 03/10/08 09:24 AM

Is that Pinkus Zukerman's wife that wrote the Washington Post review? I'm sure she played the flute...
Posted by: piqué

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 03/10/08 06:01 PM

hi, all, i'm home after 2 1/2 weeks away (and not near the internet), i'll be back in a little while to respond to the above... but yes, the chopin B-minor waltz and yes i think she is pinchas' wife. \:\)

more in a bit... \:\)
Posted by: piqué

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 03/11/08 10:51 AM

skip,
thanks for letting me know you enjoyed the book. if you feel so moved, why not review the book on its amazon page? (see link to amazon in the right hand column of the forums page on pw). five-star reviews still being accepted! ;\)

anne and pianodevo, thanks for the compliments on my playing. it is a mirage, a sleight of hand, achieved by recording engineer lou brown, who graciously edited my takes. and i owe a lot to the beauty of that piano. the sustain on it is incredible.

woody, thank *you*. i am so appreciative that you let me know you enjoyed the book. i am working on setting up my next round of appearances this very week, and there are definite dates in denver, seattle, san francisco/marin, boston, connecticut, and maybe also SC, NYC, and chicago.

i will post the details here as soon as they are final.

well, denver is all set up for march 29-april 1, i'll be at the ABE booth at the MTNA convention in denver.

and i'll be reading at classical grands in seattle on April 15th.

and i'll be reading at JB Pianos in San Rafael, CA, on April 18th. is that close enough for you, steve? there may also be an event in the city of SF.

and i'll be at the mason & hamlin tour and larry buck's shop in mid-may, and also at the frederick collection event, that's the weekend of may10--monday, may 12th.

more details to come on all of the above, plus more in the works.

jeanne, i am so looking forward to meeting you and lloyd at last in may. i hope you can make it to at least some of the events frank and larry and terry have planned.

also, if you want to write a review for amazon...

\:\)

that goes for any of you who feel so moved.

thanks for the feedback, horace! it's good to know.

doogs, thank you so much for sharing that encounter with carl with me. carl is very dear to me, and it is very moving to read what you wrote.

carol, good luck with the valse brilliante! i'm nowhere near approaching that one, and i envy you. \:\)
Posted by: Gabe Racz

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 03/11/08 12:35 PM

 Quote:
Originally posted by diinin:
Is that Pinkus Zukerman's wife that wrote the Washington Post review? I'm sure she played the flute... [/b]
No. Pinchas Zuckerman's wife plays the cello, and her name is Amanda Forsyth. They played the Brahms Violin & Cello concerto with the Colorado Symphony earlier this year. The conductor got an eye infection so Pinchas also conducted!

Incidentally he grunts -- loudly -- on occasion while conducting.

Any chance of a reading at a store while you're in Denver?
Posted by: piqué

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 03/11/08 01:11 PM

 Quote:
Any chance of a reading at a store while you're in Denver?
it turns out that there are no venues available. but if you'd like to suggest one, or can arrange one...

i will be signing books at the ABE booth, rockley music will have it for sale at their booth, and grotrian will also have copies on display.
Posted by: Gabe Racz

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 03/11/08 02:42 PM

Too bad about the venues. I can't arrange any but the ones that I can think of are Rockley Music, Onofrio Piano (Joe Onofrio), or if you can get out of the city there's Chris Finger in Niwot about 30 minutes out of town (he's the Grotrian dealer in the area).
Posted by: piqué

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 03/11/08 02:45 PM

gabe, rockley wanted to host one in their store, or in their booth, but the store won't work because all the traffic is at the convention center. and the booth won't work for various other reasons.

but at least i will be there, books will be available for sale, and i can sign them for people and meet people.

to have a reading at the convention, i would have had to alert MTNA almost a year ago. the book wasn't even finished at that time.

it is going to be reviewed in the MTNA magazine, and maybe i can do a reading for the convention next year in atlanta. but we shall see....
Posted by: Gabe Racz

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 03/11/08 04:28 PM

Ah, well, if I can sneak into the convention I'll be sure to say hi.
Posted by: piqué

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 03/11/08 05:23 PM

gabe, i don't think you need to sneak, but i could be wrong. and if so, maybe we could meet for coffee after i'm done for the day, one of the days.
Posted by: Woody-Woodruff

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 03/11/08 05:23 PM

piqué,

Yes, y'all come down south where the greetings are warm and winters are mild (compared to Montana Winters). Altanta would work for a lot of us. Can we at least pencil you in?
Posted by: piqué

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 03/11/08 05:38 PM

woody,
atlanta is more than a year away, but it is looking like i'm going to be in the vicinity of charleston during the spoleto festival this coming may. some folks near litchfield beach are working on setting up an event.

more to come, when i have some definites.
Posted by: Piano Again

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 03/11/08 05:54 PM

 Quote:
Originally posted by Gabe Racz:
 Quote:
Originally posted by diinin:
Is that Pinkus Zukerman's wife that wrote the Washington Post review? I'm sure she played the flute... [/b]
No. Pinchas Zuckerman's wife plays the cello, and her name is Amanda Forsyth. They played the Brahms Violin & Cello concerto with the Colorado Symphony earlier this year. The conductor got an eye infection so Pinchas also conducted!

Incidentally he grunts -- loudly -- on occasion while conducting. [/b]
Sorry to interrupt, but ... Eugenia is Pinchas' EX-wife. They divorced many years ago. She does play the flute.

Now go back to the topic ...
Posted by: Gabe Racz

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 03/12/08 10:44 AM

Well, that explains it, thanks!

Hopefully I will be able to sneak/stroll brazenly into MTNA & pop in for a visit.
Posted by: scholarr

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 03/12/08 11:49 PM

Pique,

Being a New York City kid, and barely recognizing San Francisco as an urban oasis, I usually avoid the suburbs like the plague. However, since I enjoyed your book so much and have many common interests, I will be happy to cross the Golden Gate to see you in San Rafael. I look forward to it.

Thanks,
Steve
Posted by: Betty Patnude

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 03/13/08 01:53 PM

Can the Seattle date, Tuesday, April 15th info be put up on the "What's Hot" box? I'd like to see it get the attention it deserves!

Perhaps there are other cities coming up too, I would appreciate knowing about them, as I have other music teaching friends around the country, and would love to direct them to these events.

Thanks,

Betty
Posted by: piqué

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 03/13/08 02:50 PM

betty, i'll ask frank to do that just as soon as he returns from florida.

and i'll be listing all the upcoming events just as soon as they are finalized.
Posted by: piqué

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 03/14/08 01:58 PM

i'm going to be manning the association book exhibit (ABE) booth at the mtna conference at the colorado convention center from march 29 through april 1.

i'll be signing copies of "grand obsession" at the booth. rockley music has said they will be selling copies at their booths. and grotrian will also be there, and displaying the book.

we were unable to find a venue for a reading, but if anyone wants to plan a get-together during the convention, during the evening, i'm up for it.
Posted by: piqué

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 03/19/08 12:37 PM

i've just updated the "news and events" page at www.grandobsession.com.

here are some of the highlights, and also looking on to the future what may be in the works:

denver march 29-april 1.

seattle april 15-16

the sf bay area april 17-20

i'm still working out my east coast schedule for may, but the mason & hamlin tour and larry buck's on may 12 is a definite. i'm hoping to get to see the frederick collection.

i have pencilled in a meeting with the local chapter of the mtna in new canaan, ct, for may 9. and i may also be in nyc for several days prior.

i'm going to be in NC and SC from memorial day weekend through the first of june. hoping to be at the spoleto festival in charleston. and some fans at the beach in SC are setting up a big piano party and book reading event at their local college near litchfield beach.

more details on that to come.

then more in soca in june and maybe chicago in october. all details to still be worked out.

for starters, i'm especially hoping lots of you can make it to the events in seattle april 15 and 16. we're long overdue for a piano party in the northwet. \:\)

specifics are on the web page.

looking forward to meeting you!
Posted by: WangMcL

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 03/21/08 08:24 PM

I'm half-way through Grand Obsession. I love your book; am as moved by your eloquence as much as by your obsession ;-) I have a Hamburg Steinway C I love as much as you love your Grotrian and probably for the same reason - the tone. In your post of March 19 you mention you're in the SF bay area April 17-20 but on your website, only the San Rafael reading is listed. Are you planning on any other appearances in the area? I live in Palo Alto and on a Friday night it would probably take me three hours to drive to San Rafael.

Marjorie
Posted by: Craig S

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 03/23/08 11:13 AM

A most exellent book. I thoroughly enjoyed reading your book Perri Knize. The combination of having witnessed some of your journey here on piano world, reading the book, and my own piano journey, has made for a pleasurable ride.
Posted by: piqué

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 03/25/08 10:06 PM

 Quote:
Originally posted by WangMcL:
I'm half-way through Grand Obsession. I love your book; am as moved by your eloquence as much as by your obsession ;-) I have a Hamburg Steinway C I love as much as you love your Grotrian and probably for the same reason - the tone. In your post of March 19 you mention you're in the SF bay area April 17-20 but on your website, only the San Rafael reading is listed. Are you planning on any other appearances in the area? I live in Palo Alto and on a Friday night it would probably take me three hours to drive to San Rafael.

Marjorie [/b]
hi, marjorie,
i am glad to hear you are enjoying the book.

i am going to look into other possibilities in san francisco and possibly west or north marin over the weekend. i don't think i'll be getting to palo alto.
Posted by: piqué

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 03/25/08 10:08 PM

 Quote:
Originally posted by Craig S:
A most exellent book. I thoroughly enjoyed reading your book Perri Knize. The combination of having witnessed some of your journey here on piano world, reading the book, and my own piano journey, has made for a pleasurable ride. [/b]
thank you, craig! i appreciate hearing that you enjoyed it. \:\)
Posted by: askena

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 03/30/08 11:47 AM

Hi Perri,

I finished your book last night, and was especially fascinated by the last few chapters and your search for a scientific explanation for your sensations with Marlene...

I was wondering if the recording of the Chopin Waltz on your website is with the famous Schubert Tuning or not? I'm not sure I have that sensitive an ear, but I would love to try and listen to the difference against another recording of the same piece.

Ariel
Posted by: piqué

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 04/02/08 12:01 PM

hi, ariel,
marc told me he did put the schubert concert tuning on the steinway centennial d i was playing on the recording.

however, i did not recognize the tuning or the sound as "mine." it sounded different on that piano than on my piano.

the mystery continues.... ;\)
Posted by: P I A N O piano

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 04/02/08 05:33 PM

I just loved your story- and I find myself wondering how Marlene is doing? I need to hear more! Are you planning on visiting Ann Arbor at all? Or- the U-M School of Music? It's finally spring in Ann Arbor!

I think you should make a digital recording to go with your book-- so we can all enjoy that amazing tone!
Posted by: TrapperJohn

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 04/03/08 07:39 PM

Hi - read your excellent book and then read the equally delightful "Little Piano Shop on the Left Bank" - can't decide which one I liked better - maybe I don't have to (currently reading Schonberg's "The Great Pianists" - have you read it?) - like just about everyone else who reads them I learned alot from both books about pianos and piano people - always been a rationalist & not too sure about some of the metaphysics in your book, but like I said it was a real good read overall - one disappointing thing about both books was the total lack of photos, maps & diagrams which would have added a whole new dimension to each - photos of the people, pianos & places, maps of locales mentioned (e.g., Montana, Germany, piano row, etc.), and diagrams of the piano and it's many parts from different angles to make it easier for the average reader to understand better the detailed description of these in the books - Maybe in a future edition, if costs are not prohibitive?. Thanks & good luck! JF
Posted by: Piano World

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 04/03/08 08:09 PM

 Quote:
Originally posted by JohnFrank:
Hi - read your excellent book and then read the equally delightful "Little Piano Shop on the Left Bank" - can't decide which one I liked better - maybe I don't have to (currently reading Schonberg's "The Great Pianists" - have you read it?) - like just about everyone else who reads them I learned alot from both books about pianos and piano people - always been a rationalist & not too sure about some of the metaphysics in your book, but like I said it was a real good read overall - one disappointing thing about both books was the total lack of photos, maps & diagrams which would have added a whole new dimension to each - photos of the people, pianos & places, maps of locales mentioned (e.g., Montana, Germany, piano row, etc.), and diagrams of the piano and it's many parts from different angles to make it easier for the average reader to understand better the detailed description of these in the books - Maybe in a future edition, if costs are not prohibitive?. Thanks & good luck! JF [/b]
JohnFrank,

This might help a little...

Here are some pictures from our last PianoThon crawl of Piano Row...
http://www.pianoworld.com/ubb/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?/topic/1/20395/3.html

And some from 2003...
http://www.pianoworld.com/ubb/ubb/ultimatebb.php?/topic/22/18.html

And here are some from a wonderful party/book signing in CA (with a number of the characters from the book)...
http://www.pianoworld.com/ubb/ubb/ultimatebb.php?/topic/1/20133.html

Best,

- Frank B.
Posted by: piqué

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 04/03/08 10:22 PM

john,
if you go to my website and click on the "links" page, you'll find many websites with photos of the characters in the book, and the grotrian website even has a video of their production, with some of the characters in "grand obsession" at work.

i finalized plans for seattle and the bay area today:

april 15, 2008, 6:30 pm, classical grands, seattle

april 16, 2008, 7:30 pm, sherman-clay, seattle

april 18, 2008, 7:30 pm, JB Piano Company, san rafael, ca

hope to meet you there!
Posted by: TrapperJohn

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 04/04/08 05:56 AM

Frank & pique - thanks for the links! JF
Posted by: Babs_

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 04/04/08 11:03 PM

Pique

I just wanted to tell you that I am reading your book and I am enjoying it very much.

I especially enjoyed reading about the cutting of the trees in the beginning of the book. What a great prelude to a wonderful story!

You are a wonderful writer. I could just feel your passion for your piano. I admire all the hard work you went through to get that sound back to the way you wanted it. It was just amazing, most people would have given up. But you never gave up that passion for your piano.

I listened to the way you played the Chopin Waltz on your website and it was so beautiful. You play with your heart. You have inspired me to learn to play that song one day.I just want to know ,did you play that song with Marlene?
Posted by: piqué

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 04/09/08 07:09 PM

hi, babs,
thanks for your kind words! the chopin b-minor waltz is one of his easier pieces. enjoy it. \:\)

if you scroll to the bottom of the flash page, you'll see it's a piano that marc owns, in a recording studio in nyc. and there are links with more information.
Posted by: Genaa

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 04/14/08 03:39 AM

Hello Pique,

As a returning learner myself I particularly enjoyed your wonderful book.

Several points in the story I found myself exclaiming "Yes! That is what I must do!" such as when you talk about having to learn to sight-read and count beats all but from scratch again or jumping up from the chair to play the piano or open the piano and pluck strings etc. Sadly I cannot yet either accomodate or afford a grand piano but I have a highly playable new Kawai K6 with which I am rediscovering the joy of playing. I am filled with trepidation at finding a new teacher to begin lessons again but your book has encouraged me to take the plunge and really apply myself - thank you so much \:\)

I felt a pang of sadness upon finishing the book but fortunately that was overcome by a sense of palpable relief that the mystery of Marlene's missing voice was finally solved and you were reunited with the piano you fell in love with. Hurrah for your courage, patience and determination in persevering where so many would probably have just sought a replacement instrument and thank you thank you thank you! for putting into words the wonderful journey you underwent in solving the mystery. A truly inspiring read.
Posted by: Numerian

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 04/14/08 03:55 PM

Hi Pique':

I doubt if your book is ever going to be out of print for long. It is destined to be one of those immortal books about the piano and music that entertain, edify, mystify, and amuse not just piano lovers or musicians, but anybody interested in the creative process. Thank goodness your Grotrian, for all its travails, fell into the hands of a wonderful writer who could describe her quest for something which is both elusive and essential. As with all good books about a quest, it can be read on several levels, but the one I like the most is the sense of mystery as to what it was that caused your piano to have such a satisfying and captivating voice. I am still astonished at the answer.

I am passing your book on to my wife, a music lover who is non-musical and who will no doubt have some problems with the technical aspects. I suspect your "novel" nonetheless will intrigue her as it did me. At the very least she will better understand why I repair daily to the piano. Thank you for that gift.

Numerian
Posted by: TrapperJohn

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 04/15/08 05:16 PM

 Quote:
Originally posted by JohnFrank:
- one disappointing thing about both books was the total lack of photos, maps & diagrams which would have added a whole new dimension to each - photos of the people, pianos & places, maps of locales mentioned (e.g., Montana, Germany, piano row, etc.), and diagrams of the piano and it's many parts from different angles to make it easier for the average reader to understand better the detailed description of these in the books - Maybe in a future edition, if costs are not prohibitive?. Thanks & good luck! JF [/b]
Even with all the pics available via links here, still think the above would be a great addition to any future editions. \:\)

BTW - there's a current thread in the Adult Beginner's Forum in which the original post quotes a passage from your book and asks for reactions/responses/opinions, which you might be interested in viewing. It's here .

Regards,

JF
Posted by: jgoo

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 04/16/08 03:54 AM

Pique,

It was a pleasure to listen to you read from your book and to meet you tonight. I promise that I'll be in touch by either PM or via your website when I have finished reading it. Thanks again for signing it and all!
Posted by: Betty Patnude

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 04/16/08 11:22 AM

I'm so very sorry I couldn't attend the event with Pique and others last night, I really suffered about my decision because my heart was with you in Seattle.

Can those who attended give some postings, and share with us? And were there any photos?

Betty
Posted by: jgoo

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 04/17/08 01:13 AM

 Quote:
Originally posted by Betty Patnude:
I'm so very sorry I couldn't attend the event with Pique and others last night, I really suffered about my decision because my heart was with you in Seattle.

Can those who attended give some postings, and share with us? And were there any photos?

Betty [/b]
I have one of the two of us. Pique gave me permission to post it so I'll get that uploaded to my photo bucket account soon.
Posted by: Tuzik

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 04/17/08 01:53 AM

 Quote:
Originally posted by Betty Patnude:


Can those who attended give some postings, and share with us?

Betty [/b]
It was a great evening. Perry is a wonderful writer, and it was fun to listen to her selections from the book. I am looking forward to reading the book.
The Classical Grands in Ballard has a very intimate atmosphere, perfect for this kind of gathering. Stephen and Almudena are great hosts. The music was great, the food was great, and the crowd was very appreciative. As always, after the recital, there was an unofficial, impromptu recital when one could listen to four different piano players at the same time. It was fun to see so many piano enthusiasts get a chance to visit with each other and share their love of piano music.
Posted by: piqué

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 04/18/08 12:55 PM

greetings from san rafael! i do not have a computer with me but i'm allowed a few moments on the innkeeper's computer to let you know about a couple of media events happening today:

Friday, April 18th, from 12:40 to 1:00 pm PDT:
KRCB, 90.9 and 91.1 FM, Sonoma County Public Radio, Santa Rosa, Ca. Perri will talk with pianist and host Charles Sepos on his program Curtain Call. Listen to the show via streaming audio at KRCB Public Radio.


Friday, April 18th, from 3:00 to 4:00 PDT:
KOMO-TV, Channel 4, Washington state. Perri talks about GRAND OBSESSION with hosts Natasha Curry and Kent Phillips on Northwest Afternoon. Check your local listings.

i hope this isn't reaching you too late to tune in. i'm on the run and will reply to your posts when i'm home next week. thank you all for your kind words, i'm so glad you are enjoying the book.

and yes, the evening at classical grands was glorious. people seemed to be truly engaged with each other, the pianos, and enjoying themselves. nothing better than a good piano party! \:\)

don't forget, amazon.com is still accepting five-star reviews! ;\)
Posted by: piqué

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 04/18/08 12:57 PM

oops, the links to the station in sonoma county didn't come with the cut/paste from my website.

to get the links, go to my website's "news and events" page and scroll down to "radio and television."

see ya! \:\)
Posted by: jgoo

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 04/18/08 05:30 PM

Perri and me at Classical Grands. As you can see, I went to the event straight from work.

Posted by: Betty Patnude

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 04/18/08 05:34 PM

I'm going to watch this show today!

Friday, April 18th, from 3:00 to 4:00 PDT:
KOMO-TV, Channel 4, Washington state. Perri talks about GRAND OBSESSION with hosts Natasha Curry and Kent Phillips on Northwest Afternoon."

Betty
Posted by: Betty Patnude

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 04/19/08 01:38 AM

I did spend 3-4PM in front of the tv watching KOMO-TV and disappointedly there was no Perri Knize on today's show. Is it scheduled for another time?

Great photo Jgoo and Perri, smiles back at you!

Betty
Posted by: piqué

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 04/23/08 05:28 PM

hi, betty,
i'm sorry i have no idea what happened. my publicist checked the komo-tv site and they listed my segment as appearing that afternoon. i will soon be getting the segnment as a DVD and will see about posting it on youtube.

we had a great time both in seattle and in san rafael. i will have some pics of my own to post soon.

next up: i'm going to be on "soundcheck" with john schaefer on wnyc on may 8, see wnyc.org.

then on saturday, may 10, i'll be reading and signing books at the monthly meeting of the amateur classical musician's association of nyc. everyone at pw is encouraged to attend. alberto, who started the group, would love to extend membership to everyone here. it's free, and they have monthly opportunities to play before an audience and work on that stage fright! ;\)

visit his site at: www.nycclassical.com to learn more.

and i'm privileged to attend the fifth annual m&h tour with all of you on may 12th, and sign books at larry buck's shop that evening. see the links in the "what's hot" box to the right on this page.

\:\)
Posted by: piqué

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 04/29/08 09:12 PM

here's my attempt at an e-card for the upcoming acma event:

[img]http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a56/piqueink/ACMAECARD-1.jpg?t=1209517244[/img]
Posted by: piqué

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 05/15/08 11:59 AM

next up: a major piano party, reading, book signing, and concert in litchfield, SC on june 3.

read all about it on the news and events page at www.grandobsession.com
Posted by: Dave Stahl

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 05/20/08 12:27 AM

Perri,

A Piano Forum participant, Shari, posted a note on the Tech Forum asking if any of the techs knew where she could buy or borrow an action model for a school class presentation. Turns out she lives not far from me, and I told her I could drop them off at her place. We agreed on a time, I delivered, and she kept them for several months while preparing and using them for her demo.

I stopped by to pick them up last Friday. She was quite thankful, and gracious enough to give me a copy of "Grand Obsession" (which has been on my Amazon wish list for my wife to find for a couple of months now...).

I just started it and have been captivated. Being a Nor-Cal native, I can visualize the whole Point Reyes scene. Great stuff.

I look forward to continuing down your path with you. I'm intrigued by the vibration aspect of the story. Vibrations are everywhere, so it isn't surprising the humans, animals, plants, and who knows what else respond to harmonious sounds.

Jeez, I hope I wasn't one of those nasty techs that Libby was talking about...

Congrats on your success! Sorry I missed your North Bay stops. I'll keep an eye out for your next tour.
Posted by: piqué

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 05/20/08 04:07 PM

hey, dave! i'm sorry we missed each other, too. i even was in pt. reyes for an afternoon.

let's meet up next time.
Posted by: Dave Stahl

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 05/20/08 10:13 PM

Sounds like a plan.

BTW, I owe you for a bout of insomnia...I couldn't put your book down last night! They're just about to deliver the Grotrian.

I'm also interested in your "day job." Can you direct me to some of your other writing? You can do it off list if you don't want to raise the political ire of PW denizens.
Posted by: piqué

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 05/21/08 06:29 PM

dave, you'll have to visit the library to get hard copies of my other writing. none of it is online because i hold the copyrights.

tom was just here to tune and regulate, so i must be off to practice. yay!
Posted by: Dave Stahl

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 05/22/08 09:50 AM

Pique,

Enjoy...tuning is so ephemeral: it will sound absolutely great only for a short while, then settle in to being really good. Then all bets are off!

Any titles or articles you'd recommend?
Posted by: piqué

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 05/23/08 04:28 PM

i did a whole series of them for sports illustrated that were pretty fun. my favorite is those is about the summer i spent with the smokejumpers fighting forest fires.
Posted by: Dave Stahl

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 05/26/08 12:58 AM

Thanks, Perri. I'll check it out.

Hope to see you in Anaheim!
Posted by: Laurens

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 05/29/08 09:21 AM

Wondering if I could sue someone for writing a book that causes insomnia ? It took me two nights, but I have finished it. I wont spoil the ending...
Posted by: RealPlayer

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 05/31/08 05:35 PM

Wow, pique', I just noticed you got a 5-star review from jazz pianist and psychiatrist Denny Zeitlin on Amazon! Way to go!
Posted by: Dave Stahl

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 06/13/08 12:38 PM

Perri,

I just finished the book last week, and haven't had much time to comment about it here, though I've been thinking about it a good percentage of the time. Given what I do, that shouldn't be a surprise!

I loved it. In particular, I love the search from the physical through the metaphysical to the quantum physical for an answer to your question.

Everything has a reason, sometimes we just can't understand precisely what the reason is.

I have many clients to whom I will make "Grand Obsession" required reading!

Thanks for a wonderful, thought-provoking, emotion-evoking read!
Posted by: piqué

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 06/13/08 03:53 PM

thanks so much for letting me know, dave! i'm so glad to hear it was meaningful for you. and it doesn't hurt my feelings that you'll make the book required reading. ;\)
Posted by: B-Sharp

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 06/16/08 01:08 AM

Hi Pique! Just wanted you to know that in our Borders Book Store, Grand Obsession was spotlighted and right next to The Piano Book! I can't wait to go back and buy it, I wasn't aware you were a fellow PianoWorld Groupie!

You PianoWorld Folks are so much fun, as I am new to this, I am so touched by your love and support for each other! Bravo Pique on Your certain success with this book! Where will your book signing tours be, and where would I find your listing?

P.S. That was the book I saw Norbert and others sighted the other day! To COOL!!! B-Sharp
Posted by: piqué

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 06/16/08 10:51 AM

hi, b-sharp (cool handle!),

thanks for letting me know about borders. i'm so happy to hear that bookstores are still displaying "grand obsession."

i only have two dates left on my tour, and one date is not yet definite.

this week i'll be in anaheim, ca for the PTG national convention, all day in the book signing booth in their exhibit hall, this coming friday, june 20.

and in about a month i'll be doing an event with tom kuntz (piano technician) and dr. jody graves (pianist and professor of piano at EWU), both of whom are in "grand obsession."

that will be in the new steinway showroom in spokane, wa. right now the date is tentative for july 20, but we may have a conflict so we'll see if that remains the date.

then i hope to get back to writing for a while. \:\)

you can stay up to date on book signings by revisiting this thread, or visit my website.

and a belated welcome to pianoworld. when you read "grand obsession," you'll find out how important this place has been to me, too.
Posted by: Lewbo

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 06/16/08 01:40 PM

Just bought my third copy; I give them to friends.

For my nephew in Virginia, I gave him the Amazon connection. He can buy his own.
Posted by: piqué

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 06/27/08 10:21 AM

lewbo, thank you for being such a substantive fan of the book!

ok, there has been a change of plans for spokane.

the new date is july 25th, a friday, from 7-9 pm,[/b] at the new steinway showroom.

i will have further details soon, in the meantime, mark your calendar and plan to be there.

i will be reading, and two of the characters in the book, EWU piano prof. jody graves and technician tom kuntz, will be there. jody may be performing, we are working out the details.

i'll update here as well as on the website shortly.

i just got back from the ptg convention in anaheim a few days ago and had a swell time there! got to meet a few luminaries, such as al sanderson and david stanwood, who showed me the computer model for stanwoodizing a grotrian!

it was also great fun to see many old friends, some of whom i've only talked to on the phone before. many of them were people who played a role in "grand obsession," even if not by name. i got a real kick out of showing them where they appear in the book.

and i met some truly wonderful and amazing folks. i just love hanging out with piano techs! my most favorite time was my last morning there, after i'd sold the last copies i had of the book, and was finally free to wander the exhibits.

there was a steingraeber, i think a 9' there, that gave marlene a run for her money. god, what a piano!!!

and the tools! seeing and handling all the amazing tools for sale is enough to win one over to the profession.

such great people, and a wonderful organization. as one of my tech friends said during the banquet, there is a lot of love there! \:\)
Posted by: Robert Valenti

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 07/07/08 01:23 AM

Pique - Somehow I managed not to have heard of this book, but saw a copy in Border's while my wife was looking around. Started to read and I got caught. Next day, I went to our local (non-chain) bookstore in Menlo Park and ordered a copy. They now have copes in their store.

Great read and it hooked me on practicing and enjoying our piano.

Thanks for writing and for building i community here.

Rob
Posted by: piqué

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 07/08/08 12:40 PM

hi, rob! thanks for letting me know you enjoyed the book. pass it on! \:D
Posted by: Grandma

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 07/24/08 05:32 PM

I would like you to know, pique, that I have thoroughly enjoyed your book. You have so much determination. I am so happy that everything worked out.
Posted by: P I A N O piano

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 07/24/08 07:21 PM

Just received an email from AMAZON promoting Grand Obsession along with the purchase of a couple of other books ...I thought it was great to see your book promoted this way!
Posted by: piqué

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 07/27/08 02:29 PM

grandma,
thanks for letting me know you enjoyed the book!

me, too. ;\)

PP, thanks for letting me know about the amazon promotion! that's great!
Posted by: misslasagna

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 07/31/08 02:39 AM

Woo, thanks for signing my book! I'm the chick from Spokane who writes, if that helps. \:\) I was really excited to meet you.
Posted by: piqué

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 08/03/08 12:05 PM

hi, ML! i remember you. it was great to meet you, too. thanks for coming to the event at the steinway gallery of spokane. it was a great evening wasn't it?

jody graves played beautifully, and i thought tom and casey did a great job with their jazz standards.

we sold out of every last copy of "grand obsession" and had to refer people to the missoula bookstores to get signed copies. some of the organizers thought there were 100 people there.

teachum, of these forums, came, it was great to see her again. we inland northwesters should get together more often.

mr. pique has some photos of the performers and hosts in his laptop, i'll have to extract them and post here.
Posted by: misslasagna

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 08/04/08 10:05 PM

It was indeed a fabulous evening. I took lessons from Dr. Graves for a while, and she has an amazing personality as well as incredible talent. She is one of my heroes \:\)

It's great that you sold so many copies! Congrats.
Posted by: BCW

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 08/17/08 01:49 AM

I'm a new member here (my first post) and I can see that I need to find a copy of your book as soon as possible. I used to live in Missoula, I like to think I'm a writer, and just this week I bought the piano of my dreams - a restored 1915 Mason & Hamlin - so needless to say, I'm looking forward to reading your book!
Posted by: Randy Karasik

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 08/28/08 12:48 AM

New fan here. Perri, great job writing a fun book.

My only regret is that I found it too late for your last stop in Denver ... would have loved to meet you.
Posted by: frankwu

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 08/31/08 11:26 AM

Love your book pique, I read it several months ago and still remember it fondly. Can't wait to read your next one! By the way the recording on your website sounds beautiful, was it studio recorded?

Thanks for sharing your story and the stories of all the wonderful people in the book.

Frank
Posted by: piqué

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 08/31/08 12:49 PM

hi, all, i'm just back from two weeks entirely away from civilization and high tech, and have to say it's an odd feeling to be online again (i'm sure i'll get used to it!)

thanks for all the positive comments. and bcw, welcome to pianoworld! glad you found us and i hope you will enjoy the book.

randy, we'll have to get together next time. \:\)

frank, yes the recording on my website was studio recorded by lou brown, who has a terrific setup in nyc near the theater district. that recording was a gift of lou's and marc wienert, who owns and prepared the steinway centennial D i was playing in the studio.

i'm kinda surprised i get asked about that recording so much, i guess my webmaster put the identifying info too far down on the page. i'll have to change that. but if you scroll down to the bottom of that flash page, you'll find links to lou brown and marc wienert.
Posted by: miss sharon

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 09/02/08 10:51 PM

I am SO happy to see you here Perri! I absolutely loved your book as I wept right along with you and also felt your joy when things went well. Because of reading Grand Obsession I have found this wonderful website and am looking forward to meeting many new friends....thank you! ~Sharon Peeples~
Posted by: piqué

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 09/08/08 07:33 PM

great seeing you here, too, sharon! i hope you enjoy the community here. these are great peeple! (people! ;\) )
Posted by: piqué

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 09/08/08 07:42 PM

well, this thread is titled "updates" so i'll update a bit.

"grand obsession" will be appearing in chinese and italian next year.

the book has garnered 38 five-star reviews at amazon (more are still being accepted!)

the publisher has submitted the book for several prestigious awards, including the national book award and the pulitzer prize.

now, i'm not expecting anything, but i am very gratified that the publisher thinks highly enough of "grand obsession" to put the time, energy, and money into award submissions of this kind. that, all by itself, is a great reward.

also, coming up soon are two events:

a piano festival at the university of montana's school of music, where i will be reading. the festival takes place over two days, friday and saturday, october 17-18, in missoula, mt.

and the montana festival of the book, where i will be reading and participating, also in missoula, the following weekend: october 23-25.

so if any of you are in the neighborhood, please come and introduce yourself.

and if you aren't in the neighborhood, montana in autumn is spectacular. make the journey! \:\)
Posted by: Norbert

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 09/08/08 07:53 PM

Congratulations again - wonderful to see how big a success "grand obsession" has become.

Perhaps I should also start writing a book about the piano industry:
how about "grand illusion".......

Norbert \:D ;\)
Posted by: piqué

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 09/09/08 12:19 AM

 Quote:
how about "grand illusion".......
:D \:D \:D

hi, norbert!
Posted by: Norbert

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 09/10/08 08:45 PM

Hi Perri:

Actually I'm far more *listening* to books these days than writing them.

My daily *forced listening exercise* unfortunately seems to include same chapters and recitals from forever same book.

"grand delusion"

Norbert \:D
Posted by: Octavia

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 09/11/08 02:45 AM

Hi Perry,

Is there a date yet for when the paperback version of "Grand Obsession" will be available? I would like to get a copy for my daughter, and hardback books just don't work for her!

Many thanks and congratulations on a wonderful book.

Octavia
Posted by: piqué

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 09/12/08 01:41 AM

hi, octavia,

the paperback release date hasn't yet been announced, but i do know there will be one. i'm not sure why the delay, but perhaps it has something to do with the award nominations.

how old is your daughter? is she a pianist?
Posted by: allthumbs

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 09/13/08 12:17 AM

Greetings Peri

I just finished reading your book recently and it resonated with me as I was a returning student of piano at age 43 as well.

I am also on a journey to find the right piano, however my quest has been stalled for various reasons (along with my lessons) which I won't go into now.

Sufficed to say, after reading your book, I have a renewed enthusiasm and determination to continue my piano journey to find and acquire the piano of my dreams and continue my lessons.

Thanks for writing such an inspiring book and all the best.

Kind Regards,

allthumbs
Posted by: Octavia

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 09/14/08 09:33 PM

Hi Perri,

Thanks for your reply. I will watch this thread and your website for the announcement on the paperback edition. Yes, my daughter is a pianist (as am I) and also a cellist. It is always such a pleasure to read well-written books on my favorite subject!

Regards,

Octavia
Posted by: ctnski

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 09/20/08 08:26 PM

Piqué,

Just finished. Awesome read! This resonates with me on so many levels and in so many particulars--wait, I need to get up and flip over the record--I actually attended a concert by Dr. Manfred Clynes in Sydney when my ship stopped there in 1981. I met him in his office while he was doing his research, at the Consortium for Music. He played the last three Beethoven sonatas. How divine is that? Thank you so much for giving us such a wonderful memoir! And thanks especially to your husband for letting you go full leash.

Craig
Posted by: Dapper50

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 09/30/08 01:46 AM

Pique:

I had no idea you wrote Grand Obsession, but I am so glad I read your book (today's project). I too am an obsessed owner of a Grotrian 192.

It's been a long time since I have posted on Piano World, and in fact, it's been a long time since I even spent time at the site. A consequnce of job changes and relocations, I guess.

Along with enjoying, and certainly understanding the quest for that magical sound, the one that resonates with each individual's soul, I appreciated the reminder that the love of pianos is so much sweeter when shared, and you have brought me back to Piano World.

Thank you for your book, and for reminding me that I need not feel alone here in Port Clinton when it comes to piano love affairs.

Dave
Posted by: piqué

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 10/07/08 12:22 PM

craig,
i've passed your appreciation on to mr. pique, who is bemused, because the idea of him having me on a leash of any sort, short or long, is hilarious. ;\)

how amazing that you got to hear and meet clynes. what do you remember of his performance and of him?
(those of you who want to learn more about him can see a link to his website on my web page's "links" page).

thanks for your kind words. if you haven't already done so, would you be willing to express your impressions of the book at amazon.com?

hi, dave,
welcome back after your long absence! yes, love of pianos is very sweet when shared. a sweet way of putting it. \:\) one of the best things for me about writing the book is how it has connected me with so many kindred spirits, both while writing it, and then after publication, meeting people at events and parties. i find it pretty intoxicating to be around all that piano energy.

glad you enjoyed the book, and i hope you'll find your way to some local piano parties soon.
Posted by: PianoDreamer1531

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 10/19/08 05:48 PM

I love your book!! I am currently reading it right now and my love for pianos has grown even more!

Thanks soo much for writing that book!
Posted by: PianoDreamer1531

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 10/23/08 05:24 PM

This is by far one of the best books ive ever read!
Posted by: Kymber

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 10/24/08 03:01 PM

Frank,
I just saw the picture of you next to the picture of Richard Dreyfuss. At first I thought you just posted two pictures of yourself - LOL.
Posted by: piqué

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 10/25/08 11:19 AM

wow, piano dreamer, that is high praise. thanks for the feedback. i hope you continue to enjoy it.

this weekend i'm one of the many presenters at the montana festival of the book. we had readings yesterday, and today i'm on a panel discussion about writing memoir.

tonight, tom mcguane is the big draw at the finale reading in the historic wilma theater.

here's the link to the festivities:

2008 montana festival of the book

last weekend, i had the honor of reading from "grand obsession" in between performances of all kinds of music, some serious, some wacky, at the university of montana school of music's "pianissimo!" piano extravaganza. that was loads of fun, and we had a huge crowd--probably 300 people in the hall, as just about every seat was taken.

people seem to really get off on the reading/piano performance combination, and it draws very big audiences. i think the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. \:\)

the organizer of that event has agreed to be my piano teacher, quite a privilege!, and so i am now studying piano at the music school. i am thrilled.

we're working quite intensively on getting my basic skills up to speed, using the royal conservatory of toronto method (the teacher is a graduate of their program). i am learning so much!
Posted by: vlamb

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 11/11/08 09:21 PM

What an amazing book, pique. I just bought it today and I'm having a hard time putting it down!
Posted by: piqué

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 11/17/08 12:40 PM

thanks for letting me know. i hope you continue to enjoy it. \:\)
Posted by: Matt Horwitz

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 11/22/08 01:58 PM

Hey,
has anyone seen this?

http://www.musicouch.com/Genres/Classical/Showing-Virtuosity-in-60-Seconds.357351

It reminds me of the book, enjoy \:\)
Posted by: Davinci

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 11/23/08 10:22 AM

I haven't read a story book for quite sometime, it must be "something" that drawn me to pick this off shelf. Just as i thought piano books are all technical and musical stuffs. This is something different, It speaks brillantly at some similar situation of mine which i doubt i can express myself. I'm finishing soon and more than excited to know the fate of Marlene. Oh no what to read next? :rolleyes:
Posted by: ongaku

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 11/23/08 01:53 PM

More superlatives about the book. Much enjoyed. We had a surprisingly similar experience, but without the level of articulation or determination. Was quite a relief, a big PHEW to find we were not alone in having had a taste of, losing it, and the semi-elusive search for that hard to word something, I called it magic, liquidity, fluidity, involvement.

I don't want to do a spoiler, or ruin the punchline for those who have not read the book, but (isn't that a loaded word...?) is there a list of tuners who can do the particular style that hit the spot for you?

Thanks.
Posted by: piqué

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 11/25/08 11:20 PM

hi, ongaku,

to answer your question:

a list of tuners? no.

but, (spoiler alert!) there is a school of tuning that tends to create this sound. when i was in germany, i heard many pianos in the shops there that have a sound that is similar.

tom, my regular tech, says the style of tuning is more like how it was done back when he was in school, some 30 years ago or more. it's a quieter tuning, less excitement in it, than what is commonly done today.

if someone, however, wants to experience what i experienced, they'd have to use the same tuner, and a piano of about the same size. the string scale design is an important component of the sound. i've played a steinway d with this tuning on it, and it doesn't sound the same.

so, if you have a piano in the neighborhood of 6' long, you can get a sound like this. it's a tuning that works best with more harmonics, less fundamental.

otherwise, marc recommends that you have your technician tune and re-tune and re-tune. the more you tune the piano, the more refined it gets, and then it crosses over into something....
Posted by: piqué

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 11/25/08 11:22 PM

davinci,

thanks for your kind words. i hope you continue to enjoy the story.

(btw, my piano teacher describes "grand obsession" as "the davinci code for piano lovers.")
Posted by: MAK

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 12/03/08 03:09 PM

I am now in the middle of the book. So far quite interesting.
Posted by: Piano.Mania

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 12/05/08 01:30 AM

Hello,

I enjoyed the excerpts very much. I would like to give it as a gift to my child but won't have time to read it in it's entirety before Christmas. Is it OK for a ten year old?

Thanks!
Posted by: piqué

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 12/06/08 12:19 AM

there's nothing offensive in there, if that is what you mean, piano.mania. maybe a couple of "bad" words in the dialogue, but i think i'd have to rate it G, PG at the absolute worst.

i don't know if a ten year old would find it accessible, but i'd certainly be very interested to know if yours does!
Posted by: piqué

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 12/06/08 01:36 AM

NEWS FLASH

"grand obsession" was just named one of the "best books of 2008" by the washington post!

best books of the year
Posted by: Piano World

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 12/06/08 02:06 AM

 Quote:
Originally posted by piqué:
NEWS FLASH

"grand obsession" was just named one of the "best books of 2008" by the washington post!

best books of the year [/b]
Wow Pique', How Cool is That? !!
And rightly so.

Congratulations!
Posted by: guest1013

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 12/06/08 03:57 AM

Piano.mania, I like the book very much but I think most of it is not for children, (I have children.) I think much of it is beyond their life experience. I think adults who have come to various forks in the road in life can better appreciate it. I enjoyed the book but found a couple parts hard to relate to because I do not have hearing sensitivity described within. I think it will go over their heads for the most part, especially a chapter on sound theory and philosophy. I think it is a lovely book but not accessible for elementary school children.
There is so much classic children's literature to explore. Then there are some contemporary series that my children enjoy: A Series of Unfortunate Events, The Sisters Grimm, the Cronus Chronicles by Anne Ursu, The Lightning Thief series by Rick Riordan, the updated Peter Pan volumes. Though I am not able to think of a good music book, maybe a biography of a composer or player. There is a book 88 Keys, The Making of a Steinway that your ten year old might enjoy especially if they are mechanically inclined. It depends on whether they prefer action vs fantasy vs non fiction.
Posted by: piqué

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 12/06/08 03:19 PM

i would have to concur that it would be over the head of your average ten year old. but i don't know if the ten year old in question is average or not. if they have an interest in physics and in things mechanical, or an especially philosophical bent of mind that is precocious for their age, it might be a fit.

otherwise, probably not.
Posted by: Piano.Mania

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 12/07/08 01:00 AM

Thank you for all the suggestions!

It will be interesting to see the reaction and I will definitely let you know how it goes after the holiday. Either way, I think I will enjoy it very much based on the excerpts. I will definitely check out some of the other books suggested as well. Thanks again!
Posted by: piqué

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 12/07/08 11:06 AM

i thought about the age question some more. i think ten is young, unless it is a very unusual ten. but 11 or 12, especially 12, would be a good age for the book. at least, the 12 year old that i was (passionate about music and ideas) would have loved it.

and i think *any* child *older* than 12, if they have an interest in music or ideas, would enjoy it.

not to mention the adventure aspect of the story, i think the adventure/detective story aspect is probably what would hook a younger reader first.

i will be interested to know how it goes, piano.mania. please do report in after the holidays.
Posted by: MichaelR

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 12/19/08 01:04 AM

hi, first post

I took piano lessons from childhood through high school, and have been very intermittent with it since then (about ten years have passed). Recently, my sister has decided to buy a piano - she mostly missed out on lessons, but has decided now is the time to learn. I applaud this move, as she is the only one of us with an ear. I haven't been of much help to her in as far as shopping advice is concerned, though. That's when I happened to hear about this book. I purchased it for a Christmas present immediately after reading the synopsis on the website, and, since it's not Christmas yet, I began to read it myself. \:\)

Immediately I notice the wonderfully flowing prose and...HOLY CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES THERE'S A RIGHT AND WRONG WAY TO SIT AT A PIANO??? 11 years of piano lessons and this never came up.

Anyway, reading this book, vicariously feeling Perri's passion, I'm inspired to finally move upwards and onwards from where I was as a player 10 years ago. And to make sure I can finish the book, I'll probably need to buy another copy. ;\)

I'm also going to start trawling these forums to see what other apparently basic information I've missed.

cheers

PS. It really is a rare pleasure to be able to tell an author how much you liked her book.
Posted by: piqué

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 12/21/08 01:27 AM

michael:
Posted by: yourobsessions

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 12/23/08 11:10 AM

Hello, I'm new here. I came across this forum after reading your book. I'm halfway through your book. I'm so curious of what will happen to your piano. I hope to visit Beethoven and try on the piano there! unfortunately, i'm living in Singapore and NY is like miles away. \:\(
Posted by: piqué

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 12/24/08 02:09 AM

welcome to pianoworld, yourobsessions! have a look around. if you are at all interested in the piano, you'll find your niche here. \:\)
Posted by: g_s_223

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 12/25/08 01:37 PM

Congratulations on a truly outstanding contribution to the piano literature! I really enjoyed your book which was absolutely riveting thoughout. Also, it was a particular pleasure to observe the very high level of factual accuracy maintained even in quite technical subject areas.

As a Grotrian-Steinweg owner myself it was of course most interesting to read your story as it had a particular resonance for me; I posted a little about my piano at: http://www.pianoworld.com/ubb/ubb/ultimatebb.php?/topic/1/12614.html#000015 .

All the very best for your next project!
Posted by: piqué

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 12/28/08 01:09 AM

thank you, gs223, for your kind words. i tried very hard to make sure i had all my facts straight. i hope you are right about the accuracy.
Posted by: Octavia

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 01/05/09 03:37 PM

 Quote:
Originally posted by piqué:
hi, octavia,

the paperback release date hasn't yet been announced, but i do know there will be one. i'm not sure why the delay, but perhaps it has something to do with the award nominations.

[/b]
Hi Perri,

Answering my own question: I went to the publisher's website and it has June 2009 as the date the paperback version of "Grand Obsession" will be released.
Posted by: piqué

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 01/08/09 06:41 PM

thanks for the update, octavia.
Posted by: kluurs

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 01/08/09 06:54 PM

Are you ever coming to Chicago??
Posted by: piqué

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 01/08/09 09:42 PM

you need to remind the local ptg chapter and the local grotrian dealer that they were interested in doing a "grand obsession" event. ;\)

maybe for the paperback release?
Posted by: carpediem

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 01/20/09 06:16 PM

Dear Pique,
I'd like to add my comments to those praising the book. I got it for Christmas and found it so satisfying on so many levels - the writing was terrific, I imagined I was hearing the various tones and tunings as you went through this odyssey. Really, thank you so much for this wonderful book.
I do have a couple of questions. I searched PW for the Schubert concert tuning and found one entry from a year ago. Are there any CD's or anything that would give some approximate sense as to this sound? I am so intrigued to hear it first hand. Also, I do hope you get to Chicago. PianoForte is the Grotrian dealer here.
BTW, how did the subjects of the book like it (Marc, Carl, Tom, etc.)?
thank you again

carpediem

p.s. what does "pique" mean?
Posted by: piqué

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 01/20/09 06:52 PM

hi, carpediem,

thanks for your generous praise.

i don't think you could hear the sct in a recording. i also think you have to be playing the piano yourself to have the experience i had.

we saw in nyc at the pianothon last year that everyone in the audience could hear the difference, but for me, listening rather than playing was a different experience. the experience i described in the book i have only had while playing the instrument, not just listening.

i believe the experience is that of how the soundwave patterns affect us physically.

there is a lot we don't yet know about the sct, and what it is, exactly. marc and tom plan to convene with me at my home this spring to conduct some controlled experiments to figure out more about it.

you should let the chicago grotrian dealer know you'd like me to come. if they invite me, i'd love to.

marc, carl, and tom all love the book. all of them bought lots and lots of copies to give to their friends and family. carl sells the book at beethoven pianos and i understand pushes it on everyone who comes through the door. \:D

marc's wife left me a long voicemail message after she read the manuscript that i'll save forever, gushing about how perfectly i captured marc, and how she'd like to strangle him herself sometimes. lol.

i insisted that all the principle actors in the book have a chance to read what i wrote before we went to press, so that they could comment, raise objections, and make corrections.

a couple of people had problems, but i did address their concerns.

those three you mentioned were completely thrilled, which was very gratifying for me, as they remain very important people in my life.
Posted by: piqué

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 01/20/09 06:56 PM

oh, and p.s.

pique' is my initials!
Posted by: ProdigalPianist

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 01/20/09 07:28 PM

I know what you mean by playing being a different experience. I don't know if it is because, when you are playing, you are so close to the instrument, or if it is because, in my (brief) experiences playing stringed instruments, and longer experience playing French Horn in school band, and even longer experience singing in groups, I learned to become very aware of the intonation as coming from me when I played/sang.

On my little Nordiska grand, I was very aware that thirds seemed...too "busy". I don't know how else to describe that. I experience and conceptualize sound (especially from a live acoustic instrument) as 3 dimensional and in motion. Had I been playing an instrument on which it was possible to adjust intonation as I played, I would have tried to fix those thirds.

Anyway, I brought this up with my tech and asked if there was another temperament we could try. He suggested, and we used, the Equal Beating Victorian Temperament.

I like it a *lot*.

Thank you Pique', I'd have never even known to ask if it weren't for you.
Posted by: James Maxwell

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 01/23/09 12:12 AM

Hi Pique, Relatively late in reading your book the Grand Obsession, I have just finished reading it from cover to cover, twice. What a fantastic book! It is the best book I have ever read, period. Well this is not really an admission of how few books I have read in my life time, but a reflection of the fact that in a single book it combines all of my favorite subjects all of which well written with dramatic effects: suspense, technical detective, psychology, traveling, shopping, wave science (I have a background in microwave, and sound wave is the same in theory), acoustics & harmonics, and of course, everything about piano making/voicing/tuning - who needs to read A. Reblitz’s piano servicing book (which taught me how to tune my own pianos) when I can learn the same things by reading your book which is so much more fun! I am equally impressed by your keen observation and the accuracy with which you have described in details of highly technical matters that many people take a life time to learn.

As I am more of an auditory person (I suspect most musically inclined people are), I would love to listen to an audio version of the book, if one is ever planned. Otherwise I will just re-read the book a couple more times.

Best wishes.

PS: It is a well known scientific fact that sound waves affect our moods in a profound way. The first commercial ultrasonic device that is remotely applied to a person’s head for the treatment of depression is now in clinic trial.
Posted by: piqué

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 01/24/09 12:58 PM

 Quote:
Originally posted by James:
Hi Pique, Relatively late in reading your book the Grand Obsession, I have just finished reading it from cover to cover, twice. What a fantastic book! It is the best book I have ever read, period. Well this is not really an admission of how few books I have read in my life time, but a reflection of the fact that in a single book it combines all of my favorite subjects all of which well written with dramatic effects: suspense, technical detective, psychology, traveling, shopping, wave science (I have a background in microwave, and sound wave is the same in theory), acoustics & harmonics, and of course, everything about piano making/voicing/tuning - who needs to read A. Reblitz’s piano servicing book (which taught me how to tune my own pianos) when I can learn the same things by reading your book which is so much more fun! I am equally impressed by your keen observation and the accuracy with which you have described in details of highly technical matters that many people take a life time to learn.

As I am more of an auditory person (I suspect most musically inclined people are), I would love to listen to an audio version of the book, if one is ever planned. Otherwise I will just re-read the book a couple more times.

Best wishes.

PS: It is a well known scientific fact that sound waves affect our moods in a profound way. The first commercial ultrasonic device that is remotely applied to a person’s head for the treatment of depression is now in clinic trial. [/b]
thanks for the high praise, james! you know, they are still taking reviews of the book over at amazon! ;\)

your post makes me wish i'd known you earlier, so i could interview you on some of these subjects, especially the effects of sound waves.

recently i had to undergo a very painful diagnostic test, an EMG, which involves being hit with strong electric shocks, like being zapped with a taser, and then electricity being run through needles into the nerves--extremely painful and i was so shaken by this, i had to call mr. pique to come get me and drive me home.

we got in the car, and he had a recording of aldo ciccolini playing satie on the cd player. at the first few sounds of those notes, i felt my whole body relax. it was very nourishing, very healing.

i then proceeded to listen to radu lupu playing schubert sonatas the rest of the evening, and it really helped me overcome the trauma of the test.

i still want to understand more about this phenomenon. what can you tell us?

what occurred to me as i experienced a complete change in my body from listening to satie is this: i chose my piano because it was tuned to a frequency that is healing for me.

what scientific knowledge is currently available that might support or discredit this supposition?
Posted by: piqué

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 01/24/09 12:59 PM

prodigal pianist,
that is very cool that you knew to ask for a different style of tuning and it worked for you!
Posted by: eightyeight_keys

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 02/28/09 05:56 AM

Dear Perri,
I received your book last week and have put aside a John Grisham novel so I can read GRAND OBSESSION. Instantly I was drawn in. Up to page 21 and so far I love it! I am sure reading this book will be an awesome experience. I can relate to your story, as I as a child was drawn to pianos just like you and I had parents who did not provide any piano lessons for me. I started lessons at 18 and paid for them all by myself.
I have just bought a Kawai RX2 grand piano - my first grand, and even though it is wonderful, I am experiencing a few issues with it. Hopefully these will be fixed with a proper set up of the piano.
Congratulations on your wonderful book.
Posted by: eightyeight_keys

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 03/09/09 01:49 AM

Dear piqué,

My book has arrived and I absolutely LOVE it! We emailed each other a few times and it was wonderful to correspond with you. Your book is helping me to live through my piano problems and I can relate to what you went through. I am up to page 126. I am awake till the wee hours reading your great book...thank you so much for the best book I will have ever read!


Cheers,
piano_mike
Posted by: dglo

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 03/09/09 09:12 AM

Dear Perri,

Add me to the list of fascinated readers. I enjoyed your book thoroughly, and even rationed the number of pages I would read in one day so that the experience would continue. I'm ashamed to tell you that I didn't buy the book, though, because I'm an exec at your publisher!!! I already sent an email to your editor to say how much I enjoyed it.
Posted by: Maui_Sunshine

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 03/10/09 12:02 AM

Aloha Pique,

Thank you for writing a book that is not only a great story, but very educational. Your book has great energy and forward momentum (I read it in a day-and-a-half) and I learned a lot about what to expect when you receive a new piano.

My husband and I purchased an RX-2 for our daughter a little over a year ago. The piano had very little prep when delivered to our home. After a pitch raise and through subsequent tunings, I would hear the piano's tone changing.

This was all strange to me because I didn't know what to expect (my background in music is limited to flute studies up through high school). I had no idea that pianos evolve so much and that a special kind of vocabulary is helpful when talking to technicians.

Thanks so much for a book that is a great read and helps newbies!



Posted by: apple*

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 03/10/09 11:06 AM

pique - i have enjoyed reading the many accolades

you done good!
Posted by: piqué

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 03/13/09 01:42 PM

piano mike,
it's been fun corresponding with you and i hope all goes well with your kawai.

dglo,
i'm so pleased you found the book and let colin know you enjoyed it. he worked very hard on it with me, and deserves all the recognition he gets. and to redeem yourself for not having bought the book, may i suggest you continue to spread the word? especially to marketing! wink

aloha, maui,
i'm so pleased to know that reading "grand obsession" helped you better understand your experience with your new piano. it would be great if no one ever went through what i did ever again!

apple,
THANKS!heart
Posted by: Ed

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 03/16/09 10:05 PM

pique,

For the moment, I want to let you know that I have finished the book, loved it, and have several thoughts I'd like to share with you. It will take some devoted time to put them together coherently so I'll have to work on it and get back to you later.

Lots of "coincidences..."
Posted by: JF

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 03/16/09 10:14 PM

pique,

I'm enjoying the book. I'm a little over halfway through. I picked it up at my local library (it seems to already have been checked out many times!).

For the first time I am noticing the vibrations that run through my arms, legs, and body when I play. Funny I never really noticed it before.....

JF
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Posted by: DrJ

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 03/23/09 01:24 PM

Hi, Pique!

I am the proud owner of a new Kindle II digital book reader from Amazon.com. Your "Grand Obsession" is the first book I downloaded. It's wonderful, and it struck me as ironic that I was reading about a technology almost 300 years old--the inner workings of a piano--on a modern device that plucks vibrations out of the air and turns them into written or spoken words right in front of me.

There is so much I wish I could discuss with you. I believe that not only can there be synchronicities between instruments and people, but--like hearts that beat in unison or pendulums that swing together--there is also a web of inexplicable vibratory connections between performer and and listener which resonate with the very core of our being at certain times. Perhaps this is why some performances are simply unforgettable, and stay in our mind's ear forever...

By the way, I also found my "dream piano" after a two-year search and a lifetime of dreaming. It's a limited edition art case Steinway "B," in polished rosewood, designed by J.B. Tiffany and signed on the plate by Henry Z. Steinway. It's about 10 years old, and has truly found its voice--and it gives me back much more than I can possibly put into it. Makes me cry at times because I can literally feel the intent and love that went into its making.

Thank you for resonating with my own thoughts about all this through your book.

Wayne Johnson, Seattle

P.S. I know several of the people (technicians, etc.) you mentioned in the book and it was fun to "meet" them again within the pages.
Posted by: piqué

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 03/24/09 06:45 PM

ed,
don't leave me hanging. please do share your thoughts. if you don't want to do it publicly, you can always write to me through my website. i looked at your website and i can already see that we must have geography in common. smile

hi, jf,
thanks for writing; glad you are enjoying it!

dr. j,

Quote:
I believe that not only can there be synchronicities between instruments and people, but--like hearts that beat in unison or pendulums that swing together--there is also a web of inexplicable vibratory connections between performer and and listener which resonate with the very core of our being at certain times. Perhaps this is why some performances are simply unforgettable, and stay in our mind's ear forever...


absolutely!

how do you like the kindle 2? after reading about it for the first time i thought such a device might be very handy, especially when traveling. i'm pleased to know that "grand obsession" was your first download.

your piano sounds wonderful. do i know your tech?
Posted by: DrJ

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 03/24/09 09:00 PM

Hi, again, pique! (sorry, I don't know how to make the accent over the "e" on this forum)

Thanks for replying to my post. Not only was your book my first download on the Kindle II, but it was through your book that I discovered Piano World--so my comments above were my first posting on this forum as well!

I LOVE the Kindle II, since you asked. It's addicting and very easy to read and use--and the books cost about a third of what a "real" book costs. You can change the font size as well, which is an invaluable feature. Although expensive, I highly recommend it.

Interesting that you originally named your piano Marlene after that famous voice. When I "met" my piano, I immediately thought of Karen Carpenter--both she and the piano have a creamy, voluptuous voice that I fell in love with instantly. I don't have a regular tech yet since it really hasn't needed anything except tuning, and I use Randy Rush for that. But I know Steve Brady when it comes time to have it voiced or regulated. This is fun, and thanks so much for replying!

Wayne J
Posted by: musicalmeid

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 03/26/09 06:01 PM

Hi,
I'm 14 years old. I just started reading your book. I really like it. Sometimes I feel like you do especially in one of the first couple pages of your book you mentioned that you couldn't play in front of your friends because you would be an outcast. I know exactly how you felt. I feel that way. Many kids that I know don't listen classical music. It's not cool. I love it. It's all I listen to. When I play the piano,or listen to classical music, the pieces are so beautiful that it makes me want to cry.
Thank you for writing your book.
Marie
By the way my family owns a Kawai RX-3 and I love it.
Posted by: RealPlayer

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 03/26/09 11:07 PM

Marie, keep going, follow your heart and don't let those other kids influence you. You know what music you need!
Posted by: piqué

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 03/27/09 04:46 PM

Originally Posted By: musicalmeid
Hi,
I'm 14 years old. I just started reading your book. I really like it. Sometimes I feel like you do especially in one of the first couple pages of your book you mentioned that you couldn't play in front of your friends because you would be an outcast. I know exactly how you felt. I feel that way. Many kids that I know don't listen classical music. It's not cool. I love it. It's all I listen to. When I play the piano,or listen to classical music, the pieces are so beautiful that it makes me want to cry.
Thank you for writing your book.
Marie
By the way my family owns a Kawai RX-3 and I love it.


marie, thank you so much for writing! i am glad you are enjoying the book and can identify with some of it.

when i grew up i found out, to my great surprise, that lots of very cool people love classical music, and i was part of a wonderful tribe, not an outcast at all!

so i hope you'll keep nurturing your love of great music, because you will find many times in life that it is your consolation.
Posted by: salzdt

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 03/27/09 06:00 PM

Hi,
I have not read your book, but I wanted to relay this little story. I was a music major 40+ years ago, and changed careers. I retired in 2006, and in 2007 decided to get back to the piano. Prior to my retirering, I had a Baby Grand in my living room that I inherited from my Mother In-law. I was not playing and everyone was trying to convince me to sell it. I felt a real connection to this piano and wanted to keep it in the family. I shipped it to my daughter's home in Charlotte, N.C. In 2007, after retirering, I decided I wanted to get back to playing the piano. I bought a digital, so I could practice any hour of the day or night. I soon realized that a digital is not the same as a Baby Grand. In 2008, I traded in the digital for a Baby Grand ( I didn't want to take back the Baby Grand in N.C.)
Last week my husband's couison, who is a science writer, Dava Sobel, came to dinner. She asked me if I had read the Grand Obsession? She knew of you work and you love of the piano. I guess I have to get a copy of your book. One could say I also had a Grand Obsession. Owning two Baby Grand's in one's life time is rather unusually for an amature. I just thought you would appreiciate another writer complementing your book.
Dot
Posted by: piqué

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 03/27/09 06:06 PM

OMG. please send my regards to your husband's cousin. i am a HUGE fan of hers, and i am thrilled to know she has read my book. she might be interested to know that when my agent was pitching "G.O." he called it the next "Longitude".

of course, the two books have nothing in common as far as subject matter, but they do share a similar propensity to burrow as deeply as possible into an arcane subject.

thank you so much for writing to tell me this. you have totally made my day.
Posted by: pianovirtuoso

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 04/27/09 10:35 PM

Hello Pique,
I am reading your book with rapt attention as it came in the mail this week. So far so good.

Regards
Peter@nwcmta.com
www.nwmta.com
Posted by: eightyeight_keys

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 05/03/09 07:06 AM

Dear Pique,

I have finished reading your book. One the BEST books I have ever read!! Fantastic book. I love it so much. This book has changed my life for the better. I thank you. I have always loved pianos and piano playing. This great book confirms as to why I do love pianos. I also have spent the last few months searching for my "ideal" perfect grand piano. I have found it!

The best book ever. Thank you so much and I share your love and interest in pianos 100%! There should be more people doing what you have done!

Regards,
Michael
Posted by: piqué

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 05/03/09 09:34 PM

Originally Posted By: piano_mike
Dear Pique,

I have finished reading your book. One the BEST books I have ever read!! Fantastic book. I love it so much. This book has changed my life for the better. I thank you. I have always loved pianos and piano playing. This great book confirms as to why I do love pianos. I also have spent the last few months searching for my "ideal" perfect grand piano. I have found it!

The best book ever. Thank you so much and I share your love and interest in pianos 100%! There should be more people doing what you have done!

Regards,
Michael


michael, thank you so much for letting me know you enjoyed the book. though i don't know if i agree with the part about how others should do what i did. write books, yes. go into torment over a piano, maybe not.

so are you going to reveal what your "ideal perfect grand" turned out to be? or are you going to keep us in suspense?

laugh
Posted by: piqué

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 05/24/09 06:23 PM

latest update:

"grand obsession" is due to be released in paperback on june 2. the paperback edition has been revised, updated and a few errors were corrected.

this month or next, it will appear in chinese. it is also available in italian under the title "piano solo."

i have a few hardcover first editions that i will autograph,inscribe, and ship upon request, until they are gone! for further details, you may email me. contact me through my website.

i know how hard it is for some of us, especially music students, to justify spending the price of a new hardcover for a book. i hope those of you in that situation will now find the book more affordable in paperback.

and if still not within reach--there is always the library!

also, if anyone here has been trying to reach me and has not received an answer, please resend your email. i had an email meltdown and may have lost some.

thanks to all of you for your interest in "grand obsession."
Posted by: apple*

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 05/24/09 10:25 PM

gosh pique!
Posted by: Davide Roato

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 06/02/09 10:15 AM

Dear Pique.
I have read the Italian version of your book “Piano solo. Una storia d'amore e musica”! I have continued reading it for a week and simply could not put it down. It is absolutely compelling.
The connection to piano music and the process of bringing it to life is palpable throughout the pages. The way you crafted the story is incredibly haunting and inspiring.
Brahms Intermezzo op. 118 n.2, that you mention at the end of your book, is one of my favourite short pieces.
Hope to see you around in Italy sometime. Your book really deserves more echo.
Regards.
David
Posted by: piqué

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 06/02/09 03:00 PM

david,
thank you for writing. the book must have some sort of special resonance for italians, as some of the most impassioned fan mail i have received has been from italy (not all of it in english!)

i would love to go to italy and meet my readers there. i'll let you know if anything like that is happening.

as for the "more echo": spread the word all you can! thanks!!!
Posted by: piqué

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 06/02/09 03:04 PM

i have a few hardcover first editions that i will autograph,inscribe, and ship upon request, until they are gone! for further details, you may email me. contact me through my website.


i'm highlighting this because quite a few orders are coming in, and the last of these books may be gone shortly. if you are considering getting a signed first edition for yourself or for a gift, now is the time! i suspect there will not be a reprint of them, now that the paperback has been released.
Posted by: piqué

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 06/03/09 03:04 PM

in honor of the launch of the paperback edition, grand obsession now has a facebook page. i've posted some photos that illustrate the people, places, and events that occur in the book.

there are pictures from austria, germany, new york, and of many pianoworld celebrities, including frank.

come take a look, become a fan, forward it to your facebook friends!

Perri Knize/Grand Obsession Facebook Page

click on the "photo" tab to see the grand obsession rogue's gallery.

i plan to launch a few photo pages on my website in the near future that will, in effect illustrate the book.

i am still learning the facebook ropes, but i will be linking to this page from there, once i figure it out.
Posted by: piqué

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 10/13/09 10:56 PM

update:

there are now photos illustrating these chapters:

beethoven's warehouse
the piano crawl
braunschweig
austria
mittenwald

go to my website: www.grandobsession.com/links/index.html

and click on the "grand obsession illustrated" link, the first one in the content area of the page. lots of good illustrations of piano building, and some of the characters in the book.

i hope to see some of you in white plains, ny on october 23rd. you can see the details here:

member events
Posted by: Phil Hayward

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 09/07/10 01:48 AM

I just read "Grand Obsession" in 2 big chunks of time over 2 days, I was so gripped by it. I am a piano tuner in Lower Hutt, New Zealand. I kept finding myself saying "wow, that's worth knowing", and "aha - I know that" or "I do that too". What a unique book.

I am bursting with comments to make. This is my first ever contribution here, I have registered especially to make this comment. So excuse me if I am unwittingly breaching any protocols or etiquette. I don't even know if I should have posted it on some other part of the forum such as the Piano Technicians section. I would appreciate your advice, or if you bring this comment to the attention of contributors to other sections that would like to respond.

Any piano, or brand new piano, that has been just delivered to a customer, is likely to sound awful until it is tuned, and retuned, and retuned; and it will take several tunings over the first year or 2, to stabilise it; not to mention all the other work that needs to be done on it. These things need to be made very clear to all new piano purchasers - in my experience, few are aware of this.

I particularly admire all the tuners in the book who are placid, accomodating, and non-egotistical. That is not to criticise any particular one of the highly professional people Perri deals with in her book, but I do not think that the hyper-active, excitable, edge-of-burnout, semi-eccentric type is a "model" for the profession, although if some of the very very best technicians are such types, that is excusable - for them.

Perri Knize's sensitivity to sound is rare (perhaps most piano tuners would say "fortunately") and it would be logical for anyone with such sensitivity to have become a piano tuner themselves. However, this could be a frustrating experience as pianos simply always will have limitations according to the physical materials they are made of - "perfection" in the sense of a uniformity of tone that one might be able to devise electronically, for example, is impossible.

Among the many books I have read, is Carl Seashore's "The Psychology of Music". One of his cases is a family of gifted musicians, all of whom scored very highly in tests of hearing; one member of the family, though, was not a musician, and disliked music - and this individual scored highest of all in hearing sensitivity. The conclusion was that this individual's sensitivity to the "imperfections" that are always present in musical performance, that remain unnoticed to the most (even professional musicians), rendered him incapable of enjoying any music at all.
(Other recommended books: "This is Your Brain on Music" by Daniel Levitin, and "Musicophilia" by Oliver Saks).

I can relate entirely to Perri Knize' description of powerful emotional affects, BUT as a consequence of "music" itself, rather than as the effect of a particular high quality musical instrument or tuning. I think most people who are emotionally affected in some way by musical tones and themes, would share my view. Even some of the great composers were said to be less demanding than some others about tuning and tone - melody, harmony and rhythm were what mattered most to them. "Poor quality" tone and tuning would "detract" from the emotional impact of the music, rather than exceptional tone and tuning being themselves the factor that causes the emotional impact. Some works would have to be performed very badly or quite out-of-tune indeed, NOT to move me to tears.


As the piano tuner to the Hutt Valley's premier concert venue, I have done concert tunings for numerous famous pianists, and none of them have ever expressed dissatisfaction, including some who are known in the profession to be quite demanding. There are only two customers I have ever met who I think might have Perri Knize's level of hearing sensitivity, and both are private individuals. One lady owns a small Yamaha upright. Most PIANO TUNERS CAN hear the imperfections that lay persons cannot, but this particular lady was the first non-piano tuner I have met who could tell that the low bass strings, for example, were only ever perfectly in tune with either the "first octave" above them or the "second octave" - never both - and she had always blamed the poor old piano tuners, not the imperfection of the piano itself. I think I succeeded in explaining "inharmonicity" to her and suggested she try out a 9 foot concert grand and see if she could tell the difference.

Another lady was dissatisfied with my first tuning on her piano, and was clearly able to articulate what she did not like about it; I then re-did the tuning with slightly NARROW octaves, and she was deliriously happy. I was extremely interested to read that Marc Weinert's "Schubert"/"clean double octave" tuning was what appealed to Perri Knize. I personally think that there is not a lot of scope for adventurousness with "stretch", so that tuning octaves so wide that there are definite beats in them audible to anybody, I think would risk "polarising" people about whether they liked my tuning or not.

I do not know whether others have commented, in reference to Marc Weinert's "Schubert" tuning and its effects on Perri Knize, about the book "The New Tuning" by Lucas Mason. This book, and its author, would have been an extremely interesting addition to Perri Knize's study. Mason discusses the self-reinforcing nature of "coincident beat rates" (my words) when a piano is put "perfectly" in tune according to his analysis. A startling insight from Lucas Mason is, that the inharmonicity of piano strings cancels out "the Pythagorean Comma" in the real life piano situation, so that tuning the 5ths of the temperament CLEAN actually does NOT result in a "wolf interval" 5th anywhere. A cycle of 12 CLEAN 5ths (and 4ths beating at slightly more than once per second) will nicely fit within a temperament octave that will turn out to be just ever so slightly stretched.

Pythagoras and his friends need not have worried about the terrible secret of the comma and its implications for "the natural order" after all. Building a slow beat into the 5ths as has been traditionally taught, actually results in a narrow temperament octave. This narrowness might be carried over into the rest of the tuning outwards, up and down from the temperament, leading to noticeable "flatness" of the high treble notes; or additional strain to the "harmonicity" of the whole tuning might be introduced as the tuner tries to stretch octaves over the rest of the compass of the piano.

Once the temperament is established on Lucas Mason's lines, an incredible series of coincident beat rates in the various intervals contained in harmonies played on the piano, are achievable. These beat rates reinforce each other. For example, in a minor triad, the beat rates of each "third" contained within the triad, are identical. The beat rates in a major triad coincide on a ratio of 3:2. The effect of this is altogether different to a piano tuned in a way that results in these beat rates ratios to each other being , say, 11:13 or 9:14.

Mason's book goes on for chapter after chapter, analysing a whole host of coincidences in beat rates when certain common combinations of notes are played on the piano.

I would love to know what Marc Weinert would say about this. On page 353 of "Grand Obsession" he is quoted as discussing "the stretch characteristic", "the relationship between all the beats within the beats of interacting partials" - Marc says "it's an inner vibrato I use to control the voice of the piano". I am so excited about this, I KNOW what he is talking about!!!!!! But I would like to know WHY he does not do "the magic Schubert tuning" ALL the time; and WHY did he just happen to have done it to the Grotrian that Perri fell in love with, if he does NOT do that tuning all the time.

But I agree completely that the piano simply cannot stay so exactly right for long. In fact, one of the major things that tuners need to latch onto at some stage in the development of their skills, is how a piano's tuning might "move" WHILE it is being tuned. Of course this happens during major pitch raises, but it is surprising just how small the "pitch raise" might be, that causes movement in strings already tuned, as you go. What is sometimes called "setting the pin" is more a question of attempting to "balance" the tensions in each segment of the string so that there is the least potential for it to "render" again during tuning the rest of the piano, and the playing of it afterwards.

On voicing hammers, I liked the humility of the voicing man at the Grotrian-Steinweg factory. Clearly a subject on which there are many different approaches required according to the situation, hammers and pianos all differing so much. I agree with the comment that it is difficult for a technician to "voice" not knowing what has already been done to the hammers on the piano. But there seems to be very little enthusiasm among piano manufacturers to just leave hammers unvoiced so that the poor old local technician at the piano's final destination can start with a clean sheet of paper so to speak.

I actually believe that some of the cheapest new pianos are worth making the effort to voice, contrary to what some elitist technicians say, precisely BECAUSE they have not been touched. The "tonal change" per unit of time spent can actually be quite spectacular.

Lastly, I agree with the comment from the Grotrian executive that ability to play the piano is an asset to a piano technician; this is something that is unfortunately controversial in the trade, naturally it is the non-playing tuners who like to make it controversial.

Regards

Phil Hayward
Lower Hutt
New Zealand
Posted by: AlphaTerminus

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 09/07/10 02:13 AM

I loved the book but thought Perri was crazy... until I bought an acoustic myself and realized I'm as crazy as her!
Posted by: apple*

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 09/07/10 02:32 PM

Phil Hayward, I particularly enjoyed reading your comments.
Posted by: piqué

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 09/07/10 03:00 PM

Quote:
I would love to know what Marc Weinert would say about this. On page 353 of "Grand Obsession" he is quoted as discussing "the stretch characteristic", "the relationship between all the beats within the beats of interacting partials" - Marc says "it's an inner vibrato I use to control the voice of the piano". I am so excited about this, I KNOW what he is talking about!!!!!! But I would like to know WHY he does not do "the magic Schubert tuning" ALL the time; and WHY did he just happen to have done it to the Grotrian that Perri fell in love with, if he does NOT do that tuning all the time.


you can ask him yourself! he's at pianomarc@aol.com

i will warn you that he almost never answers his email because he has too much going on in his life between work and family obligations, but he will read it and i know he'll be interested in the book you mention.

marc says the SCT is not what most customers are looking for, and the bulk of his work is (or was) preparing pianos in showrooms for sale. so he rarely uses that tuning.

the reason he did it in the case of my piano is because, as i quoted him in the book, carl is not like other dealers, and he and marc have the same taste. carl tells him to make the piano "as beautiful as you can possibly make it" and so marc satisfies his own ear in that situation.

luckily for me (or unluckily, depending on your perspective), marc and i also have the same taste.

thanks so much for your enlightening comments! it is eye-opening to discover how much the more esoteric aspects of the book resonate for certain people.

as for the going crazy part--well, if you are someone who has been profoundly moved by anything of beauty, i think you can relate. otherwise, yes, i guess it looks pretty crazy. smile
Posted by: Phil Hayward

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 09/10/10 08:05 PM

Thanks for that, Perri (and Oun).

I have emailed Marc as you suggest. While it would be fantastic to have a bit of a discussion with him on this, I certainly know how pressed he is for time. Even in my locale, which is cetainly not NY, the technician whose advice I value the most is always days behind answering his voicemails and emails.

Sorry my question about the special tuning was a bit superfluous, you did such a good job of explaining in your book, how this happened - Carl likes it too. I am imagining that instead of having the "reinforcing beats" like the Lucas Mason tuning, the "slightly out of sync" but consistently so, nature of the beats may be the special vibrato that you hear.

I would just like to say further that I use the "Lucas Mason" tuning all the time; except for the one customer I mentioned above. I suspect from your description, that Marc's "Schubert" tuning may be somewhat like what I did for that customer - and I was amazed at the time that it sounded so nice, because I was expecting it to sound "wrong" to my ears. I have never tried it again, not really having had any reason to. But you never know.

While I say above that I am still emotionally affected by music even if the tuning is not perfect, what I do find is that on any especially good piano I have just tuned, I seem to get a higher level of inspiration for improvisation than when the tuning was "so-so".

All the best,

Phil Hayward
Lower Hutt
Posted by: Jordy

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 09/11/10 12:14 AM

Pique, when is your book coming out in audio???? Soon I hope!
Posted by: David Burton

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 09/11/10 01:06 AM

Originally Posted By: Phil Hayward
Any piano, or brand new piano, that has been just delivered to a customer, is likely to sound awful until it is tuned, and retuned, and retuned; and it will take several tunings over the first year or 2, to stabilise it; not to mention all the other work that needs to be done on it. These things need to be made very clear to all new piano purchasers - in my experience, few are aware of this.


Agreed!

Originally Posted By: Phil Hayward
Among the many books I have read, is Carl Seashore's "The Psychology of Music". One of his cases is a family of gifted musicians, all of whom scored very highly in tests of hearing; one member of the family, though, was not a musician, and disliked music - and this individual scored highest of all in hearing sensitivity. The conclusion was that this individual's sensitivity to the "imperfections" that are always present in musical performance, that remain unnoticed to the most (even professional musicians), rendered him incapable of enjoying any music at all.


I believe this to be true also; that some people have such sensitive hearing that nothing can ever please them. To have this trait (sorry will not call such a thing a gift) may in fact be a curse.

Originally Posted By: Phil Hayward
Even some of the great composers were said to be less demanding than some others about tuning and tone - melody, harmony and rhythm were what mattered most to them.


Beethoven among them, probably.

Originally Posted By: Phil Hayward
"Poor quality" tone and tuning would "detract" from the emotional impact of the music, rather than exceptional tone and tuning being themselves the factor that causes the emotional impact. Some works would have to be performed very badly or quite out-of-tune indeed, NOT to move me to tears.


There’s also the anticipation of known musical effects that move one when they are encountered in live performances. Sometimes they are as strong as a déjà-vu.

Originally Posted By: Phil Hayward
As the piano tuner to the Hutt Valley's premier concert venue, I have done concert tunings for numerous famous pianists, and none of them have ever expressed dissatisfaction, including some who are known in the profession to be quite demanding. There are only two customers I have ever met who I think might have Perri Knize's level of hearing sensitivity, and both are private individuals. One lady owns a small Yamaha upright. Most PIANO TUNERS CAN hear the imperfections that lay persons cannot, but this particular lady was the first non-piano tuner I have met who could tell that the low bass strings, for example, were only ever perfectly in tune with either the "first octave" above them or the "second octave" - never both - and she had always blamed the poor old piano tuners, not the imperfection of the piano itself. I think I succeeded in explaining "inharmonicity" to her and suggested she try out a 9 foot concert grand and see if she could tell the difference.


LOL, then the poor lady will have a hankering for a concert grand with perhaps limited space for one.

Originally Posted By: Phil Hayward
Another lady was dissatisfied with my first tuning on her piano, and was clearly able to articulate what she did not like about it; I then re-did the tuning with slightly NARROW octaves, and she was deliriously happy. I was extremely interested to read that Marc Weinert's "Schubert"/"clean double octave" tuning was what appealed to Perri Knize. I personally think that there is not a lot of scope for adventurousness with "stretch", so that tuning octaves so wide that there are definite beats in them audible to anybody, I think would risk "polarising" people about whether they liked my tuning or not.


I’d like to hear this tuning myself to see whether I’d even know the difference. I doubt it.

Originally Posted By: Phil Hayward
On voicing hammers, I liked the humility of the voicing man at the Grotrian-Steinweg factory. Clearly a subject on which there are many different approaches required according to the situation, hammers and pianos all differing so much. I agree with the comment that it is difficult for a technician to "voice" not knowing what has already been done to the hammers on the piano. But there seems to be very little enthusiasm among piano manufacturers to just leave hammers unvoiced so that the poor old local technician at the piano's final destination can start with a clean sheet of paper so to speak.


If they did that, leaving the hammers clean, people would be even less impressed with the sounds of brand new pianos. I have said for years that fully 60% of the perceived value of ANY piano is due to the voicing.

Originally Posted By: Phil Hayward
I actually believe that some of the cheapest new pianos are worth making the effort to voice, contrary to what some elitist technicians say, precisely BECAUSE they have not been touched. The "tonal change" per unit of time spent can actually be quite spectacular.


I would tend to agree, and I’m not a technician. But some have told me that some hammers (Yamaha) are made in such a way as to spring back (be less easily voiced). Someone on here had a question about the new Hallet Davis pianos coming out of China. I think they use Abel hammers which can be nicely voiced. Some time back I played a new (out of the box) untouched Boston piano and was not impressed, came back a couple weeks later and after a thorough voicing etc. it was a different and better sounding piano.

Originally Posted By: Phil Hayward
Lastly, I agree with the comment from the Grotrian executive that ability to play the piano is an asset to a piano technician; this is something that is unfortunately controversial in the trade, naturally it is the non-playing tuners who like to make it controversial.


LOL.

Well welcome aboard Phil. Hope the earthquake down there didn’t get you.
Posted by: PaintedPostDave

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 09/11/10 09:37 PM

Having read "the book" and having subsequently purchased a piano from Carl Demler (see the thread "Mission Accomplished") and being in the beginning of sorting out various Knabe problems with the help of an RPT located in Trumansburg, I identify with the author (as do thousands of others).

Rather than adding to the mushrooming panegyric, I would pose a question to the author: How has the book's success affected you and your husband. My guess is that you feel rewarded emotionally and financially and that the initial challenge of paying for Marlene has faded into obscurity (I certainly hope so). Perhaps you are now driving to some of the book signings in a Lamborghini (and loving it). In short, how are you handling the phenomenal (and well deserved) success? smile
Posted by: piqué

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 09/13/10 11:46 PM

hi, dave,

Quote:
I would pose a question to the author: How has the book's success affected you and your husband. My guess is that you feel rewarded emotionally and financially and that the initial challenge of paying for Marlene has faded into obscurity (I certainly hope so). Perhaps you are now driving to some of the book signings in a Lamborghini (and loving it). In short, how are you handling the phenomenal (and well deserved) success? smile


it has been very rewarding emotionally, intellectually, and creatively. the book was a great critical success, and it found a following among pianophiles, which is tremendous. just the process of writing the book and working with my wonderful editor was hugely rewarding.

it has not been very rewarding financially, at least, not yet. but that is par for the course in the world of publishing.

for some reason, people seem to get the idea from the book that i spent a lot of money chasing down "the marlene experience." i'm not sure how or why they got this impression.

i thought i was pretty clear in the book that i was shopping for pianos while on assignment for work, i didn't pay for the travel myself. and as a journalist i was traveling a lot for work.

i also thought i made it clear that i didn't have to pay for most of the warranty work that was done. so i'm a bit mystified when people say i spend thousands of dollars on technicians and travel. i don't have the resources to do that and didn't.

a career as a writer, like any career, is a long process over time. this was my first book. i hope to write many more, and if i'm lucky, one or more of those books will put me in the lamborghini league. laugh but if so, it will be one of those overnight success stories that took 25 years, i fear. wink

in the meantime, what GRAND OBSESSION has done has moved me onto the next big square of my career, and has legitimized me as an author in the eyes of people in publishing. and that is not to be underestimated.

my husband and i are living the same as we always have--scraping by, grateful for and loving the life we have, and loving what we do.

oh--and i now have a piano teacher who has read my book and you'd be surprised what a huge help that has been in our student/teacher relationship. he understands me musically in a way that few teachers understand their students without having taught them for many years. thumb
Posted by: AlphaTerminus

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 09/14/10 02:05 AM

Perri. Just wanted to let you know I never heard of Pianoworld until I read your book. I got your book on Kindle before text-to-speech was disabled, and you've read me to sleep in Stephen Hawking's voice many nights as you are riding shotgun around New York tuning pianos with Marc or driving piano techs crazy at your house!

I also never considered an acoustic until reading your book and wondering why you seemed to be going so mad over a piece of wood and metal!? I thought it was nuts that you would go so much over your budjet... what could drive someone to do that? Then I went from a $5,000 budget to a $30,000 budget over a matter of weeks and pretty much everyone in my family thinks it's my midlife crisis or that I've gone mad! Recently, while not taking the time that you did, I have come to understand what you went through and empathize with you more than I ever imagined I could. It's that sound, that visceral, organic, melting sound that's ephemeral and angelic. It's therapy and a connection to the universe that people who haven't experienced it find either amusing or odd or nuts!

Any way. I hope you find the time to write more as I'll be the first in line!

P.S. Pretty much 100% of my reading consists of Katie Hafner's books, Longitude, Eniac, Crystal Fire, Thread Across the Ocean, and all of the esoteric scientific or historical object books out there. Grand Obsession is, among those books, one of the books I mention when people ask what I read... and I'm trying to compliment you because all of those books I mentioned are my favorites among hundreds in that category that I've read.
Posted by: Mark_C

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 09/14/10 02:24 AM

Just noticed this thread, and rushed to order the book.

I see that I actually posted on here before.....but it was when I first joined the site and was just finding my way around, and didn't absorb what this was about. All I noticed was that I had missed your event in White Plains! ha

I'm afraid I probably share a lot of your grand obsession. smile
Posted by: Mark_C

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 09/14/10 02:19 PM

P.S. Would you believe......I only just now got the 'pun' in the title! confused
Posted by: guest1013

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 09/14/10 09:56 PM

Mark C, you're in for a treat. pique, I enjoy hearing your update, too!
Posted by: BerndAB

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 09/14/10 09:58 PM

Hello Perry,

let me just say Thank You for your wonderful book.

I seem to be a "sound addict" too. Once I sung in a barbershop gang after having been "hooked" by a heavenly sung "Shine On me"..

Reading your book I was fascinated by several descriptions of pianos, locations and men. I found your description of the violin makers in Mittenwald very impressive. There it is really a very special community.

I am of the humble opinion that your great book should be available in german also.. ..

Kind regards

Bernd
Posted by: piqué

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 09/15/10 01:43 AM

alpha~
Quote:
I thought it was nuts that you would go so much over your budjet... what could drive someone to do that?


that was the question that bedeviled me as well. because for me to do something like buy that piano was so VERY unlike me. and then i saw it happening to other people, too. i just had to find out what was behind this phenomenon.

writing the book was a grand opportunity to "follow the vector of my curiosity" (my editor's advice to me when i asked him if he had any.) it was exciting to have the pursuit of the answer lead down so many very interesting avenues and to so many very interesting people.
Posted by: piqué

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 09/15/10 01:50 AM

mark, thanks for buying the book and i hope you enjoy it.

guest, thanks!

bernd, mittenwald was my personal favorite of all the chapters. that was such a remarkable time and encounter.

i would love for the book to have a german translation! mostly because so many, many of the people who are in the book are german speakers who don't read english and would very much like to read the book.

but also because i think there is quite a bit of german sensibility and appreciation of germans' dedication to craft in the book.

if anyone here knows a german publisher and would like to recommend GRAND OBSESSION to them, the german translation rights are available.
Posted by: casinitaly

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 09/15/10 06:50 AM

I bought the book after seeing it mentioned it some threads here.

I just loved it.

I was thrilled to be able to identify with the fledgling pianist, first recital qualms (my only recitals so far are the e-citals here, which are great, but different than going live!).... and I positvely thrummed to the concepts of energy and vibrations you discuss at such great and fascinating length.

I was intrigued to learn so much about how a piano is made and how it is tuned. I have a lot more to learn - which doesn't surprise me! - I'm just glad I read your book before selecting my piano.

An excellent read. Fun, interesting, educational and it very much speaks to the heart and soul of the music in and around each and every one of us.
Posted by: Phil Hayward

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 09/21/10 10:50 PM

Thanks for all the comments, David. Just a few quick responses.

I felt the earthquake from several hundred kms away. Damage was restricted to the immediate 50km or so radius from the epicentre.

I think that some piano tuners do upset some clients, including some concert pianists, by doing "too stretched" a tuning - so that beats in the octaves are noticeable, even if the client does not notice the beats themselves, there is just something "not right" about the tuning. I don't think anyone ever "goes there" to the same extent with narrow tunings.

My point about factories leaving the hammers unvoiced, was not that they would remain unvoiced in the showroom, just that I think it would be to the advantage of the piano buyer IF the "showroom voicer"/local technician WAS the person expected by the entire trade, to have the skills and to do this work. The status quo is a vicious circle, where the poor old local technician never knows what has already been done to hammers, and can never rely on being able to obtain a reliable result with any given approach. Look at what Perri went through with one voicer after another - and Marc Weinert's approach early on in the process may have been completely incompatible with what someone back at the factory had done.

I think this is a major reason for so much confusion, disagreement, and lack of confidence surrounding voicing. So few people get to start with a clean sheet and work out how to "build a voicing" from that point, and work out NOT to do "that" after "this" has BEEN done. Everyone has strong ideas about this or that approach that "got fantastic results" OR "killed the hammers" - and it was mostly a question of that approach just coincidentally being the right (or wrong) "NEXT THING" that could have been done to those hammers after what had already BEEN done to them.

This is why I am a whole lot more confident about getting "improvement" on a cheapie new piano with untouched hammers, than I am about even trying anything on an expensive, premium quality famous brand, where an expert individual has spent many hours voicing already.

I guess a rule of thumb is to regard the expensive piano's voicing as pretty much "set in concrete" and not to be messed around with any further. If you want a different sound, be prepared to buy a new set of hammers and let the best expert you can find in your area start from scratch.

Regards

Phil Hayward
Piano Tuner
Lower Hutt
NZ
Posted by: durden365

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 11/10/10 10:07 AM

i just started reading this book and i can't put it down! it was also the last book left in the city so i feel especially lucky to have come across it.

I think it should be a must read for all the piano buyers out there, i know it'll definitely help me alot when its time to buy my marlene.
Posted by: dlr

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 02/11/11 12:04 PM

I just read Grand Obsession yesterday, having bought the Kindle version. Great book! There were many things I could identify with. I had the perfect (for me) piano once, and made the huge mistake of selling it during a time when I went months without playing. Yeah, I'm a little bitter smile

Maybe I'll find my perfect piano again someday. Meanwhile, it was fun (and sometimes painful) reading someone else's story about having the perfect sound in one piano. The conversations about vibration especially spoke to me. The journey to recapture that tone was fascinating. It's good knowing there are others out there share the obsession. Makes me feel just a little less crazy (not that there's anything wrong with that!).
Posted by: piqué

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 10/03/11 02:34 PM

hi everyone. there hasn't been much grand obsession news to report for awhile, and now two big items to post in one week.

first, we've just made an arrangement with a german publisher, deutscher taschenbuch, to translate GRAND OBSESSION into german. this makes me especially happy as so many of the german and austrian characters in the book have been unable to read it as they do not read english.

look for the german edition in about 18 months (it takes a while to translate!) in the meantime, if you have friends who read italian or chinese, those editions are already in print.

second, nancy williams, who has a very worthwhile blog about playing the piano as an adult, has interviewed me about my own piano studies. it's a two-part post, and part one appears today along with a trailer for a documentary about beethoven's warehouse. have a look:

http://www.nancywilliamspiano.com/2011/10/03/grand-obsession-adult-piano-lessons/
Posted by: Mark_C

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 10/03/11 03:04 PM

Thanks for the update, Perri!
And BTW (coincidence!) I think I'm next on Nancy's list. smile
I look forward to seeing those posts about you!
Posted by: piqué

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 10/03/11 03:38 PM

mark, i'll look forward to your interview. what will you be talking about?
Posted by: Mark_C

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 10/03/11 04:09 PM

(We did the interview a few weeks ago.)
It seems she's going to be focusing a lot on what I said about my old teacher Seymour Bernstein, including my playing his pieces, since later on (also by coincidence) she's also going to be writing about his book. She was already planning that before she contacted me and didn't know he had been my teacher.
Posted by: Caklock

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 10/03/11 10:01 PM

Hi Perri - LOVE your book. I just finished it and am eager to visit Piano Row next time I'm in Manhattan - my sister lives there and I try to get out at least once a year.

I have a question about your recent interview: You mention you worked through the method used by the Royal Conservatory. Are there actual method books that you used? Are they available to the general public? Are they similar to the "Improve your sight-reading" workbooks Vol 1 - 8 that are used in England to build musicianship to sit for board examinations?
Posted by: piqué

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 10/03/11 10:20 PM

hi caklock,

i'm not familiar with the english books so i can't compare.

the books i am using are available to the general public. it's the royal conservatory of toronto method and they do have examinations (chris is threatening to put me up to these!)

if your local music store does not carry them (ours does) then they can order them for you, or you can order them yourself.

here's two of the books i am using now:

piano repertoire 8, celebration series, perspectives, published by frederick harris music

book 6, four star, sight reading and ear tests, daily exercises for piano students, published by frederick harris music

go to www.frederickharrismusic.com to see the whole celebration series "perspectives"

they have repertoire books from preparatory to level ten, and compact discs to go with them

they have piano studies/etudes levels 1-10

they have student workbooks prep to level 8

and then there are the four star sight reading books and rhythm and ear training books.

there's also a technical requirements for piano book from prep to level 8 (i've never seen this, but it is basically the scales, chords, arpeggios, which i have in two other books.)
Posted by: piqué

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 10/04/11 02:35 PM

here's part two, with a recording included at the end:

http://www.nancywilliamspiano.com/2011/10/04/perri-knize-on-her-adult-piano-lessons/
Posted by: Rich D.

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 10/04/11 03:43 PM

Very nice playing pique. As I listened I said to myself why didn't I ever learn that wonderful Chopin waltz.

Rich
Posted by: Plowboy

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 10/04/11 04:02 PM

Originally Posted By: piqué
...with a recording included at the end...


That was beautiful.
Posted by: Rich Galassini

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 10/04/11 06:03 PM

Congratulations Perri!

I have gotten reports though that you have pictures of incredibly good looking men on your website in hopes of attracting more women to the site. wink

PROOF!!
Posted by: Mark_C

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 10/04/11 08:54 PM

Originally Posted By: Rich Galassini
...I have gotten reports though that you have pictures of incredibly good looking men on your website in hopes of attracting more women to the site. wink
PROOF!!

Even without looking I have a feeling I know who you might be talking about... ha
Posted by: gutenberg

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 10/05/11 09:24 AM

Really enjoyed the recording. Wonderful sound.
Posted by: piqué

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 10/05/11 12:30 PM

thanks, guys! blush
Posted by: piqué

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 10/05/11 12:32 PM

rich,
you just exponentially increased traffic to my site. at least i assume this was your "fault." the williams website only directed 2 visitors and both "bounced."

thanks, pal. wink
Posted by: Piano World

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 10/05/11 12:44 PM

Hi Perri,

Glad to hear your book continues to carry on, finding new audiences.

We still get new members who indicate they discovered us via your book.
I hope we are able to reciprocate :-)

Wish you could have made the Cape Cod piano party coming up this Saturday.
Posted by: Steve Chandler

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 10/05/11 01:02 PM

The Chopin Waltz is beautifully played and recorded. It's a wonderful sound and performance. Bravo!
Posted by: R_Dorothy

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 10/05/11 02:53 PM

Nice playing!
Posted by: Strings & Wood

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 10/05/11 03:43 PM

An excellent read. I particularly enjoyed the "part two". The reference to focusing on learning to play the piano verse the piano obsession was especially poignant, even though I am easily as guilty of piano infatuation. The Chopin Waltz at the end was a nice surprise.

Your book resides in my bookcase just a little more than arms length from my piano. Is there a follow up in the future, with perhaps, a focus on the music within?
Posted by: piqué

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 10/05/11 04:59 PM

i wish i could have made it too, frank. we had hoped to get back east this fall, but other urgent matters have overtaken us and it isn't to be, this year.

i know that a cape cod party is in my future, however, it's just a matter of which year will it be? smile
Posted by: piqué

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 10/05/11 05:02 PM

thanks for the kind words about my playing. the passion is mine, the intonation in the piano is marc's, and the absence of mistakes is entirely lou brown's doing. he's a gifted sound engineer and editor.

our dearly and recently departed friend phlebas also made a recording with lou brown. if anyone is in the new york area and wants a professional recording, i can't say enough good things about lou's gifts.

you can find a link to his recording studio's web page at the bottom of the flash page of the grand obsession website.
Posted by: piqué

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 10/05/11 05:06 PM

string and woods,
i do hope someday to write a sequel to this book, likely focused on my experience as a full-time conservatory student in her 60s. laugh

for right now, many other projects--too many other projects--are demanding my attention. i've started writing for national geographic magazine and may soon be blogging either for them, or about my preparations for a story for them. TBD.
Posted by: Rotom

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 10/06/11 08:13 AM

I've never mentioned this here before, but my first post was because of Grand obsession (the book). It was a great read, I loved it, so thank you very much.

Very nice playing, keep it up! wink
Posted by: ClsscLib

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 11/06/11 01:33 PM

I just re-read "Grand Obsession" -- I purchased it in hardcover when it first came out, and again recently on Kindle.

It was even better the second time through, since I've now had a little experience as an adult piano beginner (a development that was entirely inspired by reading Grand Obsession the first time). Even a little playing experience makes some of the technical issues in the book more understandable, although the book works very well even for readers completely ignorant about pianos.

One thing struck me more than any other on the second reading. Am I the only person who found the closing paragraph and its "wings" image to be as beautiful as any sentiment ever expressed in print? What a PERFECT summation of the whole amazing odyssey and its outcome.

Thank you, Perri. I hope to meet you someday, although I think I've already done so.
Posted by: piqué

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 11/28/11 02:33 AM

thank you, clssclib. i'm touched by how you received what i wrote at the end. it is exactly what i hoped for.

where might we have met?


rotom,
glad you found your way here. thanks for your kind words about my playing! i hope the next recording won't need quite so much editing. laugh
Posted by: ClsscLib

Re: grand obsession news and events--updates - 11/28/11 05:22 PM

Originally Posted By: piqué
thank you, clssclib. i'm touched by how you received what i wrote at the end. it is exactly what i hoped for.

where might we have met?




Sorry -- I was being metaphorical. Your book spoke to me in a way that seemed so personal that I feel as though we've actually met.

Thanks again for writing it!