Describes the life and work of the nineteenth-century Polish composer who invented beautiful music for the piano and new ways of playing it.
Children's Literature - Judy ChernakPublished in time for the special concerts commemorating the 150th anniversary of Chopin's death in 1849 this high-spirited volume is part of the "Getting to Know the World's Greatest Composers" series. A winning combination of simple prose--"When he was about four years old, he liked to lie under the piano while his older sister, Louise practiced"--and clever cartoons with wise-cracking word balloons--"Mother, please bring me a dry hanky. Better make it two." This book should be a hit with reluctant readers as well as serious music students. Who could resist the romantic Chopin, publishing his own piano compositions at the age of eight, dressed in velvet and entertaining royalty at home as well as in concert, capturing the folk music of his beloved Poland in some of the most glorious piano pieces ever created? Along with the delicious cartoons, there are also serious photographs and pictures, including one of the controversial George Sand, the woman author he loved, wed and lost shortly before his early and tragic death in Paris. The only thing that could make this book more appealing would be an accompanying CD or cassette; but since it stands alone, you'll have to buy your own (and this reviewer bets you will, too).
- Scholastic Library Publishing
- Publication date:
- Getting to Know the World's Greatest Composers Series
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- Product dimensions:
- 6.20(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.30(d)
- Age Range:
- 8 - 9 Years
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