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Beethoven for Kids: His Life and Music with 21 Activities (For Kids)by Helen Bauer
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Ludwig van Beethoven was a great innovator who expanded the limits of
classical music to write some of the biggest, boldest, most complex and revolutionary compositions of all time. This fascinating man and his works are brought vividly to life and made relevant to today in Beethoven for Kids. Young readers will be intrigued by Beethovens hardscrabble childhood and turbulent family life, his early gift and passion for music, and his famously fiery personality. In addition, theyll learn about the great musicians and thinkers and historical events and movements of Beethovens time and how they affected the composers life and music.
Kids will be inspired to learn how Beethoven championed equality and freedom throughout his life, rejected the strict societal divisions and norms of the day, and never gave up on his work despite increasing hearing loss. Budding musicians will also come away with a thorough understanding of complex music concepts such as counterpoint, ornamentation, improvisation, and motifs. Twenty-one engaging, hands-on activities illuminate the times in which Beethoven lived or reinforce music concepts introduced.
Ludwig van Beethoven, one of the most influential composers of all time, is brought vividly to life and made relevant to todays young musicians in Beethoven for Kids. Readers learn about Beethovens troubled childhood and family life, early gift and passion for music, volatile personality, championing of equality and freedom, and persistence in his work despite increasing hearing loss.
From Mozart, Haydn, and Schiller to the American and French Revolutions to the bold new ideas of the Enlightenment, the great musicians, thinkers, and movements of Beethovens time are presented and their profound effect on the composer's life and music explained. Kids also come away with a thorough understanding of complex music concepts and terms, such as counterpoint, ornamentation, improvisation, motifs, and much more.
Twenty-one engaging activities, including singing musical variations, dancing a Viennese waltz, creating an operatic diorama, and making a model eardrum, illuminate Beethovens life, times, and work. A time line, glossary, online resources, and recordings and reading lists for further listening and study round out this comprehensive resource.
About the Author
Helen Bauer is the author of Young Peoples Guide to Classical Music. A classically trained musician and former piano, music theory, and reading teacher, she worked with Leonard Bernstein on his nationally televised Young Peoples Concerts and performed at Carnegie Hall and elsewhere.
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