Ode to a Grand Staircase (for four hands) is based on composer Erik Satie's The March of the Grand Staircase (1914) and it's silent libretto-- musical notes that Satie forbade to be read aloud. The book is housed in a red, cloth covered box with a magnetic closure. The inside back of the case lists facts about Satie. The french-door structure of the book has a central cutouts, so that each page reveals something of the pages to come. Each of the two spines is made up of a shallow accordion fold, with pages glued to the folds in the manner of a flag book. When the covers are pulle out the pages stand out immitating the form of a staircase. When fully extended and viewed from above, the staircase/ piano key motif is further apparent.