Musical Folktales of the World
Edited by Norma Livo
Nearly 40 stories from around the world celebrating the universal language of music. Stories are organized by theme, including Music All Around Us, Drums, Musical Miracles, Flutes and Pan Pipes, and Musicians and Musical Animals. A wide variety of recommendations are given for activities and for extending the stories - ideas are listed at the end of each section. Activities range from visiting and interviewing a local instrument maker, finding out information about various instruments, conducting surveys, and researching composers to give a report while playing that composer's music, to building your own original instrument, taking a nature walk to find instruments in nature (seed pod rattles, etc.), illustrating the stories, and making recordings of appropriate natural sound effects to use during stories.
Part 1- Music All Around Us:
Iktomi & His Bag of Songs (USA), St. Peter and the Gypsies (Yugoslavia), The Nightingale (China), The Talking Bird and the Singing Tree (Russia), The Bird Singing in the Middle of the Woods (Ireland).
Part 2- Flutes & Pan Pipes:
The Gift of the Elk (USA), The Pipes of Pan (Greece), A Shepherd Wins His Bride (Turkey), The Yoruba Flute (Nigeria), The Young Chief Who Played the Flute (New Zealand), The Magic Flute (Germany).
Part 3- Stringed Instruments:
The Lute Player (Russia), Vainamoinen the Singer and His Harp (Finland), The Legend of the Irish Harp (Ireland), How the Fiddle Came to the Gypsies (Gypsy), The Magic Violin (USA), The One-stringed Fiddle (Ireland), The Magic Fiddle (Byelorussia), The Russian Fiddler in Hell (Russia), The Legend of the Fiddler of High Lonesome (USA), The Legend of the Tuscany Guitar (Italy), Arion and His Harp (Greece), Orpheus and Eurydice (Greece).
Part 4- Musical Miracles:
The Singing Bone (Germany), The Singing Bones (USA), Joshua and the Battle of Jericho (Israel), Jordy and the Ladies from Hell (Canada).
Part 5- Drums:
Osebo's Drum (Ghana), The Drum (Congo).
Part 6- Musicians & Musical Animals:
The Bee the Harp the Mouse and the Bum-clock (Ireland), The Musical Mice (USA), The Singing Frogs (China), The Shoes That Were Danced to Pieces (Germany), The Dancing Sheriff (USA), The Dance of the Monkey & Sparrow (Japan), Where the Mice Danced (USA), The Pied Piper (Germany), Wampanoag Legend of the Singer of Sekonnet Point (USA).