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The Story of the Incredible Orchestra: An Introduction to Musical Instruments and the Symphony Orchestra
     

The Story of the Incredible Orchestra: An Introduction to Musical Instruments and the Symphony Orchestra

by Bruce Koscielniak
 

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Have you ever seen an orchestra perform and wondered about all those different instruments? In this fact-filled, entertaining picture book, Bruce Koscielniak gives us a lively look at the history of the orchestra and the instruments in it. From the “tooter, strings, and beaters” of the 1600s to the keyboard synthesizers of today, this playful

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Have you ever seen an orchestra perform and wondered about all those different instruments? In this fact-filled, entertaining picture book, Bruce Koscielniak gives us a lively look at the history of the orchestra and the instruments in it. From the “tooter, strings, and beaters” of the 1600s to the keyboard synthesizers of today, this playful exploration follows the development and trends of musical instruments over the last four hundred years. A perfect and joyous celebration for anyone who loves music.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
"Informed and lively, this fact-filled excursion through music history is just the ticket for budding musicians and music-lovers at large," said PW in a starred review. Ages 4-8. (June) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
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
School Library Journal
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.|
From the Publisher
"Informed and lively, Koscielniak's fact-filled excursion through music history is just the ticket for budding musicians and music-lovers at large." Publishers Weekly, Starred

"A fine complement to music-education programs."

School Library Journal

“A shining tool for adults to share with children who enjoy music and want to know more.” Booklist, ALA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780618311125
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
06/23/2003
Edition description:
None
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
11.00(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.12(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Bruce Koscielniak is the author and illustrator of several books for children; he is also a musician who has played the violin and jazz guitar for many years. He lives in the Berkshires region of Massachusetts.

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