The Story of the Orchestra Book & CD   -     By: Robert Levine
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The Story of the Orchestra Book & CD

Workman Publishing / 2001 / Hardcover

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Whimsical illustrations and simple, kid-friendly texts make this a fun tour through the lives of the orchestra's most famous composers and instruments. The composers are presented in chronological order with trivia facts, a brief biography, dates of their lives and information on the accompanying track. Amusing drawings and colorful border keep interest peaked, and side boxes are filled with fun and informative tidbits about their lives, music and personality. The orchestral instruments are also examined; we see how each instrument works, where it is situated during a concert, special effects, the sound it makes, a history of it and trivia; information on the accompanying track is also included here. 96 pages, hardcover with dustjacket. CD included with selections for each composer & instrument.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 96
Vendor: Workman Publishing
Publication Date: 2001
Dimensions: 10 X 10 (inches)
ISBN: 1579121489
ISBN-13: 9781579121488
UPC: 768821214890
Availability: In Stock

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Publisher's Description

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.

Author Bio

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, a world wide web site devoted to every aspect of classical music and musicians. He attends his operas and symphonies in New York.

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  1. scgirl
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Excellent introduction to Music Appreciation
    November 14, 2013
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I am using this book with my own 5th grade child as our music appreciation curriculum. I am also using this book as a music appreciation curriculum at the private music studio where I teach. The text is engaging, the cartoons entertaining. The children are learning so much about not only the great composers and music periods, but the orchestra itself. I cannot recommend this book highly enough!
  2. Misty Caira
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    September 8, 2009
    Misty Caira
    I bought this to use as our homeschool music curriculum this year. My children and I are loving it so far. I've always loved classical music, but my kids, not so much. So anything that gets them to listen to this type of music and actually enjoy it is awesome! They get really excited when they listen to a piece and recognize it from a movie or tv show.
  3. Taylor Bartz
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    May 25, 2009
    Taylor Bartz
    I am a music teacher, and this book was wonderful for teaching kids of any elementary school age about the orchestra and different instrument families. There were also conducting patterns and I felt that the clips of music were the appropriate length and generally good musical choices.
  4. Gina Kuest
    1 Stars Out Of 5
    April 25, 2009
    Gina Kuest
    I was disappointed in the CD which only played very short snips of the music and ended the songs abruptly in the middle. It was also unclear as to which song was playing to coordinate with the book itself. Maybe it is just not for younger kids like my 1st grader, she couldn't follow along. It is now collecting dust on our bookshelf.
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