Listen to the Birds: An Introduction to Classical Music


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Listen to the Birds
By Ana Gerhard, Illustrated by Cecilia Varela
Hardcover with CD
48 pages
Ages 7-9 years

Works by Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Vivaldi and others are used to introduce children to classical music, by showing similarities between the songs of birds, and notes produced by instruments such as the flute, organ, and harpsichord.  Along with its lovely illustrations, the book features a glossary of musical terms, a short biography of each composer, and a brief description of each bird imitated or mentioned in the compositions. 

The included CD features 20 excerpts from different recordings, performed by world-renowned ensembles such as the London Symphony Orchestra, The Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Toronto Chamber Orchestra. Excerpts are short, ranging in length from 28 seconds, to 2 minutes 33 seconds long.

Track Listing:
The Goldfinch – Vivaldi
La Primavera – Vivaldi
The Song of the Birds – Janequin
Melancholy – Rautavaara
The Bird (Peter and the Wolf) – Prokofiev
Hens and Roosters (Carnival of the Animals) - Saint-Saens
Aviary (Carnival of the Animals) - Saint-Saens
The Swan (Carnival of the Animals) - Saint-Saens
Dance of the Swans (Swan Lake) – Tchaikovsky
Song for the Lark (The Seasons - Album for Children) – Tchaikovsky
The Lark Ascending - Vaughan Williams
Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks – Mussorgsky
Toccata Con Lo Scherzo Del Cucco – Pasquini
The Cuckoo and the Nightingale – Handel
The Robin – Messiaen
Papageno and Papagena (The Magic Flute) - W. A. Mozart
Piano Concerto No. 17 - W. A. Mozart
The Raven – Schubert
Dance of the Firebird – Stravinsky
Toy Symphony - L. Mozart



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