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Frederic Chopin, Son of Poland, Later YearsFrederic Chopin, Son of Poland, Later Years
Opal Wheeler
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The story of Chopin's life continues from Frederic Chopin: Son of Poland, Early Years, bringing to life the splendid events and music of his later life. The concerts, compositions, and travels of Chopin are brought to life in this charming biography. Vintage pen-and-ink illustrations bring charm and whimsy to the text. 155 pages, softcover. Excerpts from Chopin are included to play, and also include the track number for the sold-separately Frederic Chopin Early & Later Years Companion CD (MP3).
     

 
Frederic Chopin, Son of Poland, Early YearsFrederic Chopin, Son of Poland, Early Years
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Related Resources for Both Chopin Early & Later Year Books:

Companion CD / Study Guide / Lapbooking CD-ROM

The Polish Prodigy, Chopin is one of the greatest piano composers who ever lived; children will enjoy learning about his early years with this engaging "living book" biography. Discover how he grew up in music, his astounding performance at only nine years of age, and his beginning career in music alongside actual excerpts from some of his works.



     

 
Handel at the Court of KingsHandel at the Court of Kings
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A detailed biography written for children, this rendition of the life of George Frederic Handel captures the passion that he write into his music. Following the restless life of the composer from his early childhood love of music, through the end of his life as a musician in the employ of the English court, children will enjoy this charming tale of the genius composer. Pen and ink illustrations accompany the text, as well as excerpts of music to play. Track listings are given for a sold-separately CD.


     

 
Ludwig Beethoven and the Chiming Tower BellsLudwig Beethoven and the Chiming Tower Bells
Opal Wheeler
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Related Beethoven Resources:

Study Guide / Bethoven/Haydn Companion CD

This gentle biography tells Beethoven's life story; learn how he spent his youth practicing long hours at the piano, and how his hard work paid off as he went on to become celebrated across Europe. Delightful anecdotes and an engaging storytelling style will make this a favorite resource for reading, reports, and unit studies. Vintage pen-and-ink illustrations bring charm and whimsy to the text.



     

 
Sebastian Bach, The Boy from ThuringiaSebastian Bach, The Boy from Thuringia
Opal Wheeler, Sybil Deucher
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Related Bach Resources:

Study Guide / Bach/Mozart Companion CD / Bach/Mozart Lapbooking CD-ROM

This is the complete life of Bach written for children. Every important incident is mentioned and every detail of the story is true. It is filled with vivid descriptions of Bach's childhood: how he sat up many nights and copied music by the light of the moon, and how he walked two hundred miles to a choir school at Luneburg. Then his adult life: how he helped his wife Magdalena put the twenty children to bed every night; how he spread brown bread with honey for them to eat every afternoon; and how he taught them all to sing and play different kinds of music that Bach ever wrote.



     

 
Mozart, The Wonder BoyMozart, The Wonder Boy
Opal Wheeler, Sybil Deucher
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Related Mozart Resources:

Study Guide / Bach/Mozart Companion CD / Bach/Mozart Lapbooking CD-ROM

This classic children's work on Mozart will be enjoyed by all family members, whatever their age. Packed with history, biographical material, and music, Mozart, The Wonder Boy presents the musical genius of this child prodigy, the loving family in which he was reared, and the impact he had on the world around him and to generations beyond. Written for children in grades k-6. Softcover, 127 pages.



     

 
Joseph Haydn, The Merry Little PeasantJoseph Haydn, The Merry Little Peasant
Opal Wheeler, Sybil Deucher
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Related Haydn Resources:

Study Guide / Beethoven/Haydn Companion CD

Give your children a love for Haydn's compositions with this simple biography. From his boyhood to his early education to his adult life as a famous composer, this is one living book you'll want to have on your shelf for history, music, and other unit studies. Vintage pen-and-ink illustrations bring charm and whimsy to the text.



     

 
The Young BrahmsThe Young Brahms
Opal Wheeler, Sybil Deucher
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Related Brahms Resources:

Study Guide / Hardcover / Brahms/Schubert Companion CD 

The story of young Brahms, children will love the vivid descriptions of his childhood, from his family to his music lessons, his inspiration and dedication. A wonderful living book you'll want to have on your shelf for history, music, and other unit studies! Vintage pen-and-ink illustrations bring charm to the text, and included selections allow musicians to perform some of his works.



     

 
Franz Schubert and His Merry FriendsFranz Schubert and His Merry Friends
Opal Wheeler, Sybil Deucher

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Schubert Related Resources:

Study Guide / Hardcover / Brahms/Schubert Companion CD 

A detailed biography written for children, this story of the brilliant, young, and mischievous Franz Schubert is the perfect introduction to the young composer's life. Learn how the "Unfinished Symphony" was left incomplete not because of any tragedy, but because his friends were starting for a picnic when he was in the middle of it; his pranks and escapades; and all about his beautiful music. Numerous selections are provided, including the March Militaire, the Moment Musicale, the theme of The Erlking, the Cradle Song and several more



     

 
Edward MacDowell and His Cabin in the PinesEdward MacDowell and His Cabin in the Pines
Opal Wheeler
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Related MacDowell Resources:

Study Guide

Here was a great artist, indeed! His Quaker beginnings, his irrepressible interest in music, his youthful triumphs abroad, his visit to the master, Franz Liszt, who greeted him warmly and asked him back again to play at the festival in Zurich - his romance with his pupil, the lovely Marian Nevins, their marriage and return to America, the launching of the Peterboro, New Hampshire, colony, which bears his name - these are some of the delightful stories in the rich career of America's greatest composer, told gently, sensitively and with feeling, in a truly inspiring book.



     

 
Robert Schumann and Mascot ZiffRobert Schumann and Mascot Ziff
Opal Wheeler
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This engaging biography will become a favorite on anyone's shelf! Learn about Schumann's happy life, and how his inability to play perfectly due to one of his fingers helped to fuel his compositions. Vintage pen-and-ink illustrations bring charm and whimsy to the text. 157 pages, softcover.


     

 
Stephen Foster and His Litle Dog TrayStephen Foster and His Litle Dog Tray
Opal Wheeler
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Related Foster Resources:

Study Guide / Foster/MacDowell Companion CD

The composer of American favorites such as "Camptown Races", "Old Folks at Home (The Swanee River)", and "Oh, Susanna", this biography of Stephen Foster shows a different side of American life. His happy boyhood playing music, companionship with his brother Mit, and his youth with his faithful dog Tray will keep children engaged with its simple appeal. Learn how his musical style developed as he listened to Black folk tunes, and the manner in which his songs became famous across America. The notated music sheets for many of his classic songs are included within this book, allowing students to actually hear the music being played as they learn about his compositions.

Please Note: Unedited from its original 1941 copyright, this book contains racist terms and depictions, including blackface minstrel shows and positive portrayals of slavery. 172 pages, softcover.



     

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