If it takes wood to make a table, the same goes for a piano. It was precisely on a sheet of plywood that at the age of ten, Paolo Fazioli, the creator of the company of the same name, drew 88 black and white keys so that he could play in his imagination. As the title shows, Dal Sogno al Suono [From Dream to Sound] (Rizzoli), Fazioli has surpassed his own dream. As well as a diploma from the Conservatoire in Pescara, he has a degree in Engineering, a magic combination that has allowed him to encapsulate perfect sounds within the instrument. “Our dream had to be bright, cheerful, expressive, full of colour and powerful,” he says. In other words, unlike the many other pianos that he had collected in order to study their sounds, just as he had done as a child, dismantling an old piano that he had found at home. His adventure began in the historic family furnishing business in Sacile, which numbered leading figures such as Fontana, Ponti, Mendini, Munari, Scarpa, Gregotti and Zanuso amongst its designers. Here, he carved out a space for his passion and drafted in all the right people – Pietro Righini, a musician and scholar of the physics of sound, Guglielmo Giordano, a wood technologist and founder of Italy’s CNR (National Research Council) National Timber Institute, and Lino Tiveron, an expert craftsman, and his son Pierluigi – and soon conquered the world with his excellent team. The rest remains to be read (starting from the introduction by Herbie Hancock), seen and heard through the words of the great contemporary performers.
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