Gr 4-6- This worthy effort provides a detailed, fictionalized account of events from the composer's life and pairs them with his compositions. The text flows nicely, but the long columns of closely spaced type are decidedly imposing for the age group most likely attracted to a slim picture book. In contrast, the detailed color illustrations are an eye-catching partner to the 50-minute, well-edited CD, which contains excerpts from European performances of popular Beethoven selections (intended for playing as the book is read). A nicely detailed chronology and a discography for the CD are included. This is not a first choice for students seeking a report resource, and it is an additional purchase for most collections.-Mary Elam, Forman Elementary School, Plano, TXCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Ludwig Van Beethovenby Winfried Opgenoorth (Illustrator), Lene Mayer-Skumanz
This picture book for the whole family tells the story of Ludwig van Beethoven who is generally regarded as one of music's greatest composers. His story is especially inspiring since he had completely lost his hearing by age 31. He composed nine symphonies, as well as hundreds of sonatas, concertos, and songs. The illustrations provide a visual reference for the
This picture book for the whole family tells the story of Ludwig van Beethoven who is generally regarded as one of music's greatest composers. His story is especially inspiring since he had completely lost his hearing by age 31. He composed nine symphonies, as well as hundreds of sonatas, concertos, and songs. The illustrations provide a visual reference for the late 18th and early 19th centuries. A chronology makes this especially useful for elementary and middle school music reference collections. The 50-minute CD that is included with this book has excerpts from some of his most beloved works including Moonlight Sonata and his magnificent Ninth Symphony.
Meet the Author
Lene Mayer-Skumanz studied German and ancient philosophy. Prior to working as a freelance writer, she was a teacher and editor of a German children's magazine. She lives with her family in Vienna, Austria.
Winfried Opgenoorth studied graphic design at the School of Arts and Crafts in Dusseldorf, Germany. He has worked in a wide range of graphic-design related work, from advertising to fine art and illustration. His first picture book was published in 1979, and his books have won many international prizes. He lives in Vienna with his wife, the author Christine Rettl.
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