The Story of the Orchestra
By Robert Levine
Hardcover with CD
96 pages and 70-minute CD
For ages 8-12 (and adults)
Eye-catching illustrations, interesting text, and delightful musical selections on the included 70-minute CD lead children on an exciting, educational tour through the instruments and music of the orchestra. The book has stories of famous composers from Bach to Stravinsky, an explanation of different musical styles from Baroque to Modern, and an introduction to each instrument of the orchestra from cello to timpani. Along the way, children can listen to actual musical examples of what they are learning with tips on what to listen for. Each selection is a famous piece of music that features the instrument or the composer on the page.
The Big & Powerful Music of the Orchestra
Part 1- The Composers: Baroque Period (Vivaldi, Bach), Classical Music Era (Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven), Romantic Era (Wagner, Tchaikovsky, Brahms, Mahler), Modern Era (Debussy, Stravinsky, Schoenberg, Gershwin, Copland, Bernstein).
Part 2- The Orchestra Instruments: String Section (violin, viola, cello, bass, harp), Woodwind Section (flute, piccolo, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, bassoon, contra-bassoon), Brass Section (trumpet, French horn, trombone, tuba), Percussion Section (timpani, bass drum, snare drum, xylophone, cymbals, gongs & tam-tams, triangle, glockenspiel, celesta, tubular bells), Keyboard Instruments (organ, piano, harpsichord).
CD CONTENTS (excerpts of each piece):
Ride of the Valkyries (Wagner), 4 Seasons (Vivaldi), Well-Tempered Clavier (Bach), Symphony #101 or The Clock (Haydn), Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (Mozart), 5th Symphony (Beethoven), 9th Symphony (Beethoven), Sleeping Beauty (Tchaikovsky), Hungarian Dance (Brahms), Symphony #4 (Mahler), Arabesque #1 (Debussy), Rite of Spring (Stravinsky), Piano Piece Op.33A (Schoenberg), American in Paris (Gershwin), Fanfare for the Common Man (Copland), West Side Story (Bernstein), Symphony #4 (Tchaikovsky), Sonata for Violin & Piano in A Major (Franck), Concerto for Viola & Orchestra (Bartok), William Tell Overture (Rossini), Carnival of the Animals (Saint-Saens), Dance of the Blessed Spirits (Gluck), Suite #2 for Flute/ Strings/ & Basso Continuo (Albinoni), Concerto for Clarinet & Orchestra (Mozart), Bolero (Ravel), Sorcerer's Apprentice (Dukas), Mother Goose Suite (Ravel), Concerto for Trumpet in Eb (Haydn), Horn Concerto #1 (Mozart), Pictures at an Exhibition (Mussorgsky), Carmen Suite (Schedrin), Symphony #7 (Mahler), Peer Gynt (Grieg), Nutcracker (Tchaikovsky), Toccata & Fugue in D Minor (Bach), Moonlight Sonata (Beethoven), Concerto Champetre (Poulenc).
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