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Orchestra Bob Takes You on a Fun and Exciting Journey Through the World of Classical Music...
Along the way you'll:
Listen to the greatest works in classical music and hear each instrument of the orchestra and learn fun facts about the music, composers and musicians, including:
- Bach wasn't famous until 100 years after he died
- Some people think that years of playing the oboe can make you crazy
- Beethoven was totally deaf by the time he wrote the famous 9th Symphony
- The contrabassoon would be 16 feet tall if unwound
- Copland composed at night and on weekends and had a day job as an insurance agent
Play track 1 to hear Wagner's Ride of the Valkyries. This is the moment in grand German opera that everyone finds easy to make fun of: In the mythological world of Wagner's opera Die Walkure, nine sisters (yes, the ones wearing horned helmets) on horseback fallen heroes. The looks may be silly, but the music is powerful, thrilling and vivid- the galloping of the horses is almost visual in the music.
Eye-catching illustrations and photos, engaging text, and delightful musical selections on the accompanying 70-minute CD lead children on an exciting and educational tour through the instruments and music of the orchestra, and the composers who wrote the music.
Eye-catching illustrations, an engaging text and delightful musical selections on an accompanying 70-minute CD lead children aged 8 to 12 (and parents too!) on an exciting and educational listen-while-you-learn tour through the instruments and music of the orchestra.
Eye-catching illustrations, engaging text and delightful musical selections on the accompanying 70-minute CD lead children ages 8 to 12 (and parents, too!) on an exciting and educational tour through the instruments and music of the orchestra. Illustrated in exquisite and colorful detail with over 100 original drawings and photographs, this package is a fun and exciting musical journey for children.
The engaging text is broken into three sections: an introduction to each instrument of the orchestra from the cello to the timpani, the stories of famous composers from Bach to Stravinsky and an explanation of different musical styles from Baroque to Modern. Each step of the way, children can listen to actual musical examples of what they are learning about. Young readers will hear the sound of an actual violin as they study the instrument and enjoy the playful tune of a Mozart minuet as they read about the composer's precocious exploits as a child.
The Story of the Orchestra
I'm Orchestra Bob and I'm here to lead you on an exciting journey through the world of classical music. Listen, learn and enjoy as I cue powerful works from the greatest composers in the world. Along the way, I'll tell you wonderful and wacky stories about deaf composers, quirky musicians and the inspirations behind the great works.
You'll hear Wagner's powerful Ride of the Valkyries and imagine the warrior goddesses on horseback storming through the battlefields. Beethoven will inspire you with selections from his two most famous pieces, the 5th and 9th symphonies, and you'll tap your toes to Bernstein's jazzy dance music from West Side Story.
Then, I'll introduce you to the beautiful instruments of the orchestra from common ones that you have probably seen and heard to rare and weird-looking ones that produce strange sounds. It's my honor to take you on this grand journey, and I think you'll find it as thrilling as I do.
About the Author
Meredith Hamilton graduated from Brown University and has an MFA from the School of Visual Arts. Formerly an art director at Newsweek and Time, she illustrated the previous six books in the Child's Introduction series, among other books, and her work can be found in magazines and animations as well. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and three children.Author Robert Levine is an internationally known music and travel writer whose work has appeared in dozens of publications. He was the co-editor of Records' Classical Pulse! Magazine, helped launch and was the Senior Editor-in-chief of Andante.com, a world wide web site devoted to every aspect of classical music and musicians. He attends his operas and symphonies in New York.
Table of Contents
Orchestra Bob (7)
PART I: THE COMPOSERS (11)
Baroque Period (13)
Classical Music Era (17)
Romantic Era (22)
Modern Era (31)
PART II: THE ORCHESTRA INSTRUMENTS (41)
String Section (42)
Woodwind Section (50)
Brass Section (60)
Percussion Section (70)
Keyboard Instruments (85)
THE CONDUCTOR (92)