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The Story of the Incredible Orchestra

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Have you ever seen an orchestra perform? What are all those different instruments and how do they all play just the right note at just the right time? In this fact-filled and entertaining picture book, Bruce Koscielniak gives us a lively look at the history of the orchestra and all the instruments that make up this wonderful gathering of sound. From the "tooter, strings and beaters" of the 1600s to the keyboard synthesizers of today, this playful exploration follows the developments and trends of music and ...
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Overview

Have you ever seen an orchestra perform? What are all those different instruments and how do they all play just the right note at just the right time? In this fact-filled and entertaining picture book, Bruce Koscielniak gives us a lively look at the history of the orchestra and all the instruments that make up this wonderful gathering of sound. From the "tooter, strings and beaters" of the 1600s to the keyboard synthesizers of today, this playful exploration follows the developments and trends of music and instruments over the past four hundred years.

Describes the orchestra, the families of instruments of which it is made, and the individual instruments in each family.

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Taking the reader by historical periods from the Medieval through the Baroque, Classical, and Romantic periods to aspects of the modern era, Koscielnaik traces the development of the orchestra from its first appearance in 1597 to the present. Along the way and within these divisions, he discusses the evolution of the violin family, the woodwinds, the valved and crooked horns, and other instruments. The text reads like a musical story, with different themes echoed, instruments coming around again but electrified or with valves, and a coda that suggests the orchestra is not yet finished evolving. Front and back endpapers picture many types of instruments that invite comparison study, and the illustrations picture instruments and orchestral groups to help readers visualize the text's descriptions. The book lacks an index, supporting the idea that this book is intended to interest readers in the history of orchestras, rather than in research about individual instruments. Elementary school readers will be fascinated with how their own instrument fits into the band, and into the orchestra as a whole, while middle schoolers interested in music history can also learn much about the evolution of orchestras. 2000, Houghton Mifflin, $15.00. Ages 7 to 11. Reviewer: Susan Hepler
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Gr 2-5-In a similar but much more focused format than his Hear, Hear, Mr. Shakespeare (Houghton, 1998), Koscielniak describes the evolution of the modern symphony orchestra and the instruments that comprise it. An informative narrative occupies at least one side of each double-page spread. Watercolor and line fill the pages, providing an up-close look at a variety of musical instruments and methods of sound production. Text inserts and captions accompany the artwork, describing the development of the instruments and their parts, or providing other related anecdotal information. The upbeat, whimsical drawings contrast with the rather formal narrative, which sometimes makes odd assumptions about readers' level of knowledge. Tempo is defined, for example, but not ensembles. The author covers a lot of ground here, perhaps too much, but most youngsters will learn something new. A fine complement to music-education programs.-Corinne Camarata, Port Washington Public Library, NY Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780613608374
  • Publisher: San Val
  • Publication date: 6/1/2003
  • Pages: 48
  • Product dimensions: 11.08 (w) x 9.62 (h) x 0.39 (d)

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