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Papa Haydn, as he was known, was responsible not just for composing operas, symphonies, dances, and sacred music, but also for managing all the instruments and the musicians of the court orchestra. When the musicians are called to the summer palace, the pace of performances at first keeps them too busy to be homesick. Summer drags into November and they begin to miss their families. They plead with Haydn to convince the Prince to return to Austria. He answers their plea with The Farewell Symphony, allowing each movement to relate the plight of the orchestra to the Prince.
Although the descriptions of how the Prince reacted to each movement are fictionalized, the resulting immediate return to Austria is fact. Children and adults are often interested in the story behind great works of art, and this one is doubly enhanced.
First, the watercolor and ink illustrations by Kitchel are three-quarter page spreads, with additional border designs on many pages. They have a stained-glass quality, and adeptly depict the wigs and ruffles of the time as well as the emotions of the music. Secondly, the book comes with a compact disc of not only The Farewell Symphony (no. 45), but alsoThe Hornsignal Symphony. How delightful to be able to read this story and listen to the music as the same time. There is additional information about the distinctiveness of the eighteenth century symphony and an author's note.
Posted May 8, 2003
Hello, I am a high school student and I am lucky enough to have been introduced today to this splended book and the going along cd. I am a senior and I throughly enjoyed this book and the going along symphony! The ages for this book are 5-8, but I really belive that EVERYONE would love this book!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 17, 2003
"The Farewell Symphony" is the first children's book offering from Anna Celenza, a professor of music at Michigan State University. Within the book, the reader will find eloquent and appropriate text for young readers accompanied by marvelous, whimsical, and colorful illustrations. I have found my students thoroughly enjoy this book and the history contained therein in conjuntion with the CD of the Farewell Symphony itself. Invaluable in helping children understand classical music and highly recommended for educators.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 17, 2009
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