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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!

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Orchestra Bob Takes You on a Fun and Exciting Journey Through the World of Classical Music...

Along the way you'll:

Listen to the greatest works in classical music and hear each instrument of the orchestra and learn fun facts about the music, composers and musicians, ...

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Overview

Orchestra Bob Takes You on a Fun and Exciting Journey Through the World of Classical Music...

Along the way you'll:

Listen to the greatest works in classical music and hear each instrument of the orchestra and learn fun facts about the music, composers and musicians, including:

  • Bach wasn't famous until 100 years after he died
  • Some people think that years of playing the oboe can make you crazy
  • Beethoven was totally deaf by the time he wrote the famous 9th Symphony
  • The contrabassoon would be 16 feet tall if unwound
  • Copland composed at night and on weekends and had a day job as an insurance agent

Play track 1 to hear Wagner's Ride of the Valkyries. This is the moment in grand German opera that everyone finds easy to make fun of: In the mythological world of Wagner's opera Die Walkure, nine sisters (yes, the ones wearing horned helmets) on horseback fallen heroes. The looks may be silly, but the music is powerful, thrilling and vivid- the galloping of the horses is almost visual in the music.

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781579121488
  • Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/1/2000
  • Edition description: Book & CD
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 110,279
  • Age range: 9 - 13 Years
  • Lexile: NC1220L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.31 (w) x 10.31 (h) x 0.58 (d)

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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Table of Contents

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PART I: THE COMPOSERS (11)

Baroque Period (13)

Classical Music Era (17)

Romantic Era (22)

Modern Era (31)

PART II: THE ORCHESTRA INSTRUMENTS (41)

String Section (42)

Woodwind Section (50)

Brass Section (60)

Percussion Section (70)

Keyboard Instruments (85)

THE CONDUCTOR (92)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2001

    Lots of fun

    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).

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2013

    AWESOME

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2004

    Orchestra Bob rocks

    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.

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