My First Classical Music Book


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My First Classical Music Book
By Genevieve Helsby
Illustrated by Jason Chapman
Hardcover with CD
64 pages
Grades K+
Ages 5 years and older

My First Classical Music Book gives young readers a chance to learn about the basics of classical music. It starts off by discussing where music can be found, leads into the major composers from each era of music - from Baroque through modern day. The book wraps up with an introduction to the instruments of the orchestra.  All along the way, there are listening examples on the enclosed CD.  The charming, often humorous illustrations, and easy-reading text will keep readers engaged throughout. There is a text bubble about each listening example, which gives readers something to listen for on the CD track, spurring the audience to be active listeners.

CD Contents:
1.  Williams: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone ('Harry's Wondrous World') 1:35
2.  Offenbach: 'Can Can' from Orpheus in the Underworld 2:15
3.  Mozart: Sonata in C major, K. 545 (Movement I. Allegro) 3:04
4.  Haydn: String Quartet, Op. 33 No. 5 (Movement III. Scherzo) 1:44
5.  Grieg: Peer Gynt Suite No. 1 ('In the Hall of the Mountain King') 2:18
6.  Handel: Music for the Royal Fireworks ('La Rejouissance') 3:09
7.  J.S. Bach: Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 565 3:05
8.  Mozart: 'Papageno's Song' from The Magic Flute 2:52
9.  Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 (IV. 'Thunderstorm') 2:54
10. Brahms: Hungarian Dance No. 5 (orch. Schmeling) 2:15
11. Tchaikovsky: 'Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy' from The Nutcracker 2:12
12. Stravinsky: 'Russian Dance' from Petrushka 2:36
13. Adams: Short Ride in a Fast Machine 2:45
14. Paganini: Violin Caprice No. 16 1:33
15. Saint-Saens: 'The Swan' from The Carnival of the Animals 3:06
16. Saint-Saens: 'The Elephant' from The Carnival of the Animals 1:36
17. Granados: Danze espanola No. 5 'Andaluza' 2:02
18. Telemann: Recorder Suite in A minor ('Les Plaisirs') 1:56
19. Mozart: Flute and Harp Concerto (Movement I. Allegro) 2:20
20. Prokofiev: 'The Ca'" from Peter and the Wolf 1:43
21. Glazunov: Concerto for alto saxophone and strings 1:44
22. Verdi: 'Triumphal March' from Aida 1:35
23. Wagner: Overture to Tannhauser  1:00
24. Sousa: Semper Fidelis 1:37
25. Saint-Saens: 'Fossils' from The Carnival of the Animals 1:18
26: Rachmaninov: Polka italienne 1:35
27: Holst: 'Mars, the Bringer of War' from The Planets 2:11
28: Handel: 'For unto us a child is born' from Messiah 2:23
29 Composer Pronunciation Guide 6:35
Total Time: 69:05



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