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Classical music is a wonderful experience for all ages, and this lovely book highlights birds in classical compositions.  Yes, the book is accompanied by a wonderful CD of the compositions, performed by world-class luminaries including the London Symphony Orchestra, the Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the Toronto Chamber Orchestra.  The accompanying CD offers excerpts of 20 different recordings—ranging from The Goldfinch, Hens and Roosters, and The Dance of the Swans to The Cuckoo and the Nightingale, Piano Concerto N, and Dance of the Firebird.  The combination of the wonderful illustrations, the explanation of the composition’s focus on a particular bird, and the music is a fabulous sensory experience.

 

Book Description

Publication Date: June 1, 2013 | Age Range: 7 – 9 years

 

Throughout history birds have caught the imagination of composers and inspired their creativity, and this selection of works by Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Vivaldi, and others introduces children to classical music through the discovery of the melodious similarities between notes produced by instruments such as the flute, the organ, and the harpsichord and the birds’ songs. In addition to lovely illustrations, the book features a glossary of musical terms, a short biography of each composer, and a brief description of each bird evoked or mentioned in the composition. The accompanying CD offers excerpts of 20 different recordings—ranging from The Goldfinch, Hens and Roosters, and The Dance of the Swans to The Cuckoo and the Nightingale, Piano Concerto N, and Dance of the Firebird—performed by world-class luminaries including the London Symphony Orchestra, the Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the Toronto Chamber Orchestra.

 

Product information

Listen to the Birds: An Introduction to Classical Music
Ana Gerhard (Author), Cecilia Varela (Illustrator)
The Secret Mountain , June 1, 2013

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