The Story Orchestra: The Planets (Hardcover)

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The Story Orchestra: The Planets (Hardcover)
By Jessica Courtney-Tickle

Discover the spellbinding magic of The Planets in this musical reimagining of one of Holst’s most famous suites. Push the button on each beautiful scene to hear the vivid sound of an orchestra playing from Holst’s score.

This tale is about a brother and sister who adventure deep into our solar system. Our story begins one night as Helen and Tim get ready for bed in their new space rocket bunk beds… but sleep will have to wait as they magically blast up, up, up into the glittering night sky, leaving planet Earth far below them.
 
Helen and Tim journey here, there, and everywhere through our majestic solar system. They soar past the cold rocky surface of Mars as it rises into towering peaks and plunges into deep canyons and glide through a bumpy asteroid belt made of icy rocks. They blast deeper into our solar system, exploring the dazzling stars and astounding planets along the way.
 
But now it really is time to head home! As the rocket speeds towards Earth, Tim and Helen watch the sun rise over their planet.
 
As you and your little one journey through the magical scenes, you will press the buttons to hear 10 excerpts from the score. At the back of the book, find a short biography of the composer, Gustav Holst, with details about his composition of The Planets. Here, you can replay the musical excerpts and, for each of them, read a discussion of the instruments, rhythms and musical techniques that make them so powerful. A glossary defines musical terms.

The Story Orchestra series brings classical music to life for children through gorgeously illustrated retellings of classic ballet, opera and program music stories paired with 10-second sound clips of orchestras playing from their musical scores.

Also available from the Story Orchestra series: Four Seasons in One Day, The Nutcracker, The Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Carnival of the Animals, The Magic Flute, In the Hall of the Mountain King, and I Can Play.

Manufacturer’s note: Please pull the white tab out of the back of the book before use. Sound buttons require a firm push in exact location to work, which may be hard for young children. All sound clips are 10 seconds long.

  • Hardcover: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children’s Books (November 7, 2023)
  • Ages: 5-8 years
  • Dimensions: 12.1” W x 10.5” H


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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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