Story of the Orchestra: Listen While You Learn About the Instruments, the Music and the Composers Who Wrote the Music!

Story of the Orchestra: Listen While You Learn About the Instruments, the Music and the Composers Who Wrote the Music!

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by Robert Levine, Meredith Hamilton
     
 

Eye-catching illustrations, engaging text and delightful musical selections on the accompanying 70-minute CD lead children ages 8 to 12 (and parents, too!) on an exciting and educational tour through the instruments and music of the orchestra. Illustrated in exquisite and colorful detail with over 100 original drawings and photographs, this package is a fun and

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Eye-catching illustrations, engaging text and delightful musical selections on the accompanying 70-minute CD lead children ages 8 to 12 (and parents, too!) on an exciting and educational tour through the instruments and music of the orchestra. Illustrated in exquisite and colorful detail with over 100 original drawings and photographs, this package is a fun and exciting musical journey for children.

The engaging text is broken into three sections: an introduction to each instrument of the orchestra from the cello to the timpani, the stories of famous composers from Bach to Stravinsky and an explanation of different musical styles from Baroque to Modern. Each step of the way, children can listen to actual musical examples of what they are learning about. Young readers will hear the sound of an actual violin as they study the instrument and enjoy the playful tune of a Mozart minuet as they read about the composer's precocious exploits as a child.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 4-8-Orchestra Bob guides readers through a delightful musical journey. The book is divided into two major parts: composers from Vivaldi to Bernstein and their associated musical periods, and the instruments of the orchestra. There are interesting and sometimes humorous bits of information about the men, their music, and corresponding historical events. The last two pages introduce the conductor. Quotations, boxed definitions, and the captions that accompany the colorful photos and spot cartoon drawings enhance the instructive text. In some places, however, the drawings are in stark contrast to the photos and take away from the overall appearance of a page. An accompanying CD provides musical selections for readers to listen to at specific places in the text. These selections are short enough to keep young listeners' attention. Although some well-known figures, such as Handel, Schubert, and Strauss, are missing, this is a fun way to travel through the world of music.-Susan Shaver, Hemingford Public Schools, NE Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781579121488
Publisher:
Hachette Books
Publication date:
10/01/2000
Edition description:
Book & CD
Pages:
96
Sales rank:
143,157
Product dimensions:
10.40(w) x 10.40(h) x 0.55(d)
Lexile:
NC1220L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 Months to 18 Years

Meet the Author

Meredith Hamilton graduated from Brown University and has an MFA from the School of Visual Arts. Formerly an art director at Newsweek and Time, she illustrated the previous six books in the Child's Introduction series, among other books, and her work can be found in magazines and animations as well. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and three children.

Author Robert Levine is an internationally known music and travel writer whose work has appeared in dozens of publications. He was the co-editor of Records' Classical Pulse! Magazine, helped launch and was the Senior Editor-in-chief of Andante.com, a world wide web site devoted to every aspect of classical music and musicians. He attends his operas and symphonies in New York.

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The Story of the Orchestra: Listen While You Learn About the Instruments, the Music and the Composers Who Wrote the Music! 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am using this book as part of my daughter's kindergarten homeschool curriculum. I love the way that the book naturally lends itself to making 'lessons.' The CD is great. I wish there were more composers (there are 15, but some had to be left out I guess).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have a 5 yr old grandson who is learning to play the piano and wanted to know what other instruments sounded like, so this book was perfect for him!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The story of the orchestra is a good book because it will tell you about the famous composers and about what they did in life. Also it'll tell you about the instruments when they were made and who made them and what the interments sounded like.