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Robert Schumann And Mascot Ziff

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From the time he was a little boy, playing with his beloved cat, Ziff, in his home village in Saxony, until he became the famous composer, friend of Mendelssohn, Chopin, and Liszt, Robert Schumann lived happily and pleasantly.
Unlike many of his contemporaries, he had few major problems to overcome. His work, his family life, all brought him the reward of renown and joy. Even the stiff finger which virtually ended his career as a musician was ...
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Overview

From the time he was a little boy, playing with his beloved cat, Ziff, in his home village in Saxony, until he became the famous composer, friend of Mendelssohn, Chopin, and Liszt, Robert Schumann lived happily and pleasantly.
Unlike many of his contemporaries, he had few major problems to overcome. His work, his family life, all brought him the reward of renown and joy. Even the stiff finger which virtually ended his career as a musician was the means of emphasizing his genius as a composer.
Opal Wheeler has written a most engaging story for children of the great man's life, and the carefully chosen selections from his compositions which have been added, make this a distinguished acquisition to any young reader's library.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Meredith Kiger
This idealized story of the famous composer, Robert Schumann was written and originally published in 1943. It is reintroduced along with a study guide and CD of the music included in the story, coloring pages, and printable sheet music. The coloring pages are reproductions of the pen and ink drawings in the book, and are really not conducive to coloring, and the printable sheet music requires a special font not available on all computers. Designed for students Kindergarten through 6th grade, the subject matter and writing style seem more appropriate for students above age 7. The story follows Schumann from his birth in early 19th century Bavaria to his early interest and studies in music, through his marriage and success as a young composer. The writing is exaggerated and a bit out of style for this age group, and the pen and ink drawings do little to foster interest in the subject matter. Schumann's cat Ziff is briefly mentioned in his early years, but has little bearing on the story overall. Perhaps a creative music teacher can use this story and accompanying aids to foster interest in early composers. Many of Schumann's most popular songs played by beginning piano students are printed in the book.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933573069
  • Publisher: Zeezok Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/1/2006
  • Pages: 170
  • Sales rank: 1,078,536
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 0.36 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 9.25 (d)

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