Those Amazing Musical Instruments!

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From the cello to the clarinet to the trumpet to the drums, Those Amazing Musical Instruments! takes readers on a musical tour, with notes on the history, construction and sounds of the instruments from each of the major instrument "families." They can see the parts of the violin working together, read about the flute in Mozart's "The Marriage of Figaro," or hear the different sounds of the tuba on the included CD-ROM. This interactive CD-ROM includes individual musical samples giving readers an audible taste of ...

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Overview

From the cello to the clarinet to the trumpet to the drums, Those Amazing Musical Instruments! takes readers on a musical tour, with notes on the history, construction and sounds of the instruments from each of the major instrument "families." They can see the parts of the violin working together, read about the flute in Mozart's "The Marriage of Figaro," or hear the different sounds of the tuba on the included CD-ROM. This interactive CD-ROM includes individual musical samples giving readers an audible taste of each instrument, as well as full orchestra pieces showing how they play together.

Those Amazing Musical Instruments! features noted conductor Marin Alsop as kids' guide to the instruments, offering helpful comments and tips throughout the book.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 4-9- With energetic conductor Marin Alsop as a guide, Helsby has created a guide to instruments commonly found in an orchestra. Alsop's introductory essay establishes the friendly, accessible tone of the book: "Being a conductor is very much like being the captain of a team...." Utilizing large print; ample, colorful illustrations; and an open format, the book is logically organized into chapters about each of the musical instrument families, including keyboards, the voice, and modern electronic instruments. Throughout, readers are prompted to listen to the accompanying CD-ROM, which features more than 100 musical samples. Information is clearly presented, and the author's enthusiasm for her subject is contagious. Readers will enjoy browsing through the volume, and music teachers will welcome it with enthusiasm. While there are many other books on this topic, this one is the most comprehensive and accessible.-Lee Bock, Glenbrook Elementary School, Pulaski, WI

Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402208256
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks
  • Publication date: 9/1/2007
  • Series: Naxos Books Ser.
  • Edition description: With CD-ROM
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 318,065
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 870L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Meet the Author

Genevieve Helsby graduated from Durham University with an MA in music, was Literary Editor at Chandos Records, then served at Oxford University Press before becoming Editorial Manager with Naxos.

Marin Alsop guides readers through the instruments, offering helpful tips and commentary throughout the book. She is Music Director of the Baltimore Symphony and Gramophone magazine's 2003 Artist of the Year.

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Table of Contents

About The Author And CD-ROM

Introduction

The Strings
The Violin
The Viola
The Violoncello ("Cello")
The Double Bass
The Harp
The Guitar
The Mandolin

The Woodwinds
The Flute
The Oboe
The Clarinet
The Bassoon
The Saxophone
The Recorder

The Brass
The Trumpet
The Trombone
The French Horn
The Tuba

The Percussion
Tuned Percussion
Untuned Percussion

The Keyboards
The Harpsichord
The Piano
The Organ

The Voice
Electronic Instruments
The Conductor
Dictionary
Index
Acknowledgments

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  • Posted November 23, 2013

    Great for the musical-curious!

    My three-year old grandson is very interested in the orchestral instruments. This book has clear photos and illustrations of the instruments. It shows how the musician holds the instrument. The CD provides the sound of each instrument as well as musical selections that highlight that instrument. Well-worth the money!

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