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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Black Dog & Leventhal, 2001 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 96 pages
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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.

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Excellent introduction to Music Appreciation

User Review  - scgirl -

I am using this book with my own 5th grade child as our music appreciation curriculum. I am also using this book as a music appreciation curriculum at the private music studio where I teach. The text ... Read full review

Engaging Basic Overview

User Review  - epsyche -

A very engaging basic overview of the orchestra & some of the great great composers throughout the different periods. Accessible to younger kids probably 5+ though may even interest certain younger ... Read full review

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About the author (2001)

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, a world wide web site devoted to every aspect of classical music and musicians. He attends his operas and symphonies in New York.

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.

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