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Title:
The story of the orchestra : listen while you learn about the instruments, the music, and the composers who wrote the music
Author:
Levine, Robert, 1944-
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
New York : Black Dog & Leventhal : Distributed by Workman Pub. Co., [2001]

©2001
Physical Description:
96 pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm + 1 audio disc (digital ; 4 3/4 in.)
Language:
English
Contents:
CD contents: Ride of the Valkyries / Wagner -- Four seasons / Vivaldi -- Well-tempered clavier / Bach --- Sumphony no. 101 "Clock" / Haydn -- Eine kleine Nachtmusik / Mozart -- 5th symphony ; 9th symphony / Beethoven --- Sleeping beauty / Beethoven -- Hungarian dance / Brahms -- Symphony no. 5 / Mahler -- Arabesque no. 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 no. 4 / Tchaikovsky -- Sonata for violin and piano in A major / Franck -- Concerto for violin and orchestra / Bartok -- William Tell overture / Rossini -- Carnival of animals / Saint-Saens -- Dance of the blessed spirits / Gluck -- Suite no. 2 for flute, strings and basso continuo / Bach -- Sinfonia in G major for 2 oboes and orchestra / Mozart -- Bolero / Ravel -- Sorcerer's apprentice / Dukas -- Mother Goose suite / Ravel -- Concerto fir trumpet in E flat / Haydn -- Horn concerto no. 1 / Mozart -- Pictures at an exhibition / Mussorgsky -- Carmen suite . Schedrin -- Symphony no. 7 / Mahler -- Peer Gynt / Grieg -- Nutcracker / Tchaikovsky -- Toccata and fugue in D minor / Bach --Moonlight sonata / Beethoven -- Concerto champetre / Poulenc.
Reading Level:
NC 1220 Lexile.
Added Author:
ISBN:
9781579121488
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

Eye-catching illustrations and an accompanying 70-minute CD make this an exciting and educational introduction to the world of classical music-from composers and music history to the instruments of the orchestra-for elementary age children (and parents, too!). Illustrated in exquisite and colorful detail with over 100 original drawings and photographs, 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. 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.

Join Orchestra Bob on this fun and exciting musical journey. Perfect for young students just starting to play an orchestral instrument as well as for parents and teachers looking for a simple introduction to the principles and history of classical music.


Author Notes

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.


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 5-7. Orchestra Bob--a dapper figure in a dove-gray tux--introduces young people first to the development and history of orchestral music and a number of famous composers and then to the instruments of the orchestra by section. Each page or two is keyed to a brief selection on an accompanying CD that illustrates the musical idea or instrument discussed. Text and images are extremely lively: the drawings are whimsical and often amusing; the photographs of the individual instruments are clear and clearly labeled. Text rarely extends for more than a paragraph or two before a box, a quote, or a related comment appears, making the pages very inviting. Children will absorb how various instruments are held and played. Levine relates the sound and sense of music in ways children will respond to easily: a quote describes the double bass as sounding like chocolate. The CD excerpts are crisply presented--one would wish to know who recorded them. --GraceAnne A. DeCandido


School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-8-Orchestra Bob guides readers through a delightful musical journey. The book is divided into two major parts: composers from Vivaldi to Bernstein and their associated musical periods, and the instruments of the orchestra. There are interesting and sometimes humorous bits of information about the men, their music, and corresponding historical events. The last two pages introduce the conductor. Quotations, boxed definitions, and the captions that accompany the colorful photos and spot cartoon drawings enhance the instructive text. In some places, however, the drawings are in stark contrast to the photos and take away from the overall appearance of a page. An accompanying CD provides musical selections for readers to listen to at specific places in the text. These selections are short enough to keep young listeners' attention. Although some well-known figures, such as Handel, Schubert, and Strauss, are missing, this is a fun way to travel through the world of music.-Susan Shaver, Hemingford Public Schools, NE (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Table of Contents

Orchestra Bobp. 7
The Big and Powerful Music of the Orchestrap. 9
Part I The Composersp. 11
Baroque Periodp. 13
Classical Music Erap. 17
Romantic Erap. 22
Modern Erap. 31
Part II The Orchestra Instrumentsp. 41
String Sectionp. 42
Woodwind Sectionp. 50
Brass Sectionp. 60
Percussion Sectionp. 70
Keyboard Instrumentsp. 85
The Conductorp. 92

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