The Story of the Orchestra (Book and CD)

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The Story of the Orchestra (Book and CD)
Listen While You Learn about the Instruments, the Music and the Composers Who Wrote the Music!

Author: Robert Levine
Illustrator: Meredith Hamilton
Release Date: October 2, 2000
Hardcover: 96 pages
Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal – Har/Com Edition
Language: English
Number of Discs: 1 CD
For ages: 8 to 13 years

Illustrated in exquisite and colorful detail with over 100 original eye-catching drawings and photographs, this book and the accompanying CD provide a fun and exciting musical experience for children. The engaging text is broken into three sections: an introduction to each instrument of the orchestra from the violins to the timpani, the stories of famous composers from Bach to Stravinsky, and an explanation of different musical styles from Baroque to modern.

This clever book is entertaining and educational for all young people interested in the fascinating world of music and for those who love magical journeys.


Music Notes

Most Western music is based on a system of notation that evolved around 1600 out of earlier practices. The starting point for any opera is the full score, which contains all individual voices and instruments arranged in a specific order on the page. The written music—representing the sounds a composer creates in his head—then comes to life performed by singers onstage and played by the orchestra.



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