Amazing Water: An Introduction to Classical Music


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Amazing Water
An Introduction to Classical Music
By Ana Gerhard
Illustrations by Margarita Sada
Hardcover book and CD
Grades 2 - 4

20 selections of classical music inspired by amazing water. The works of Vivaldi, Beethoven, Debussy, and others are introduced to children by demonstrating how water has inspired the composers. Each exerpt has interesting notes, a call out of something to listen for in the piece, and striking illustrations. Includes short composer biographies, musical terms glossary, timeline of composers and periods, and a CD.

Amazing Water
The Moldau - My Homeland (Smetana)
Scene by the Brook - Second movement of Symphony No. 6, Pastoral Symphony (Beethoven)
Christ Our Lord Came to the Jordan, Aria - Cantata BWV7 (Bach)
Alla Hornpipe - Water Music (Handel)
Barcarolle - The Tales of Hoffmann (Offenbach)
Gondolier's Song - Years of Pilgrimage (Liszt)
Agitated by Two Winds - Griselda (Vivaldi)
Scheherazade - The Ship Breaks Against the Cliff (Rimsky-Korsakov)
And the Winds Joined Battle - Jonas (Carissimi)
Sea Noctune (...For the End of Time) - Vox Balaenae (Crumb)
Play of the Waves - The Sea (Debussy)
On Sunday Morning - Four Sea Interludes from the opera Peter Grimes (Britten)
Setting Out to Fish - Nets (Revueltas)
The Trout - Quintet for piano and strings D667 (Schubert)
Water Games - Jeux d'eau (Ravel)
Water Clock - Clepsidra (Lavista)
The Drop of Water - Etude in B minor (Sor)
Rain Tree - For percussion trio (Takemitsu)
Gardens in the Rain - Estampes (Debussy)
The Storm - Fourth movement of Symphony No. 6, Pastoral Symphony (Beethoven)
Listening Guide
The Composers
Glossary of Musical Terms
Timeline of composers and periods


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