Simply Fantastic: An Introduction to Classical Music
Ana Gerhard & Claudia Legnazzi
Secret Mountain, 2014 (2014)
Reviewed by Bob Walch
nomes, fairies, witches, pixies, elves, magicians and other imaginary beings have piqued children's curiosity and been incorporated into scores of picture books down through the ages.
his book uses that interest as a way of introducing young people to classical music. In this marvelous picture book you'll find such stories and characters used in classical music. The composers bring these mythical creatures to life using either single instruments or perhaps a full orchestra.
wenty specific selections - from
Pictures at an Exhibition
Ride of the Valkyries
- are presented here. Each selection is included in an accompanying CD, plus there is a two page spread in the book that incorporates a couple of paragraphs about the piece and an illustration.
at the back of the book makes suggestions on what to focus upon or listen for as each selection is played. There is also biographical information about the various composers as well as a glossary of musical terms.
ou won't find a more well thought out and attractive combination of music and reading material that will introduce children seven and older to classical music. This book should be in every school library and will be very useful for home schooling families. If you are a music teacher, this is a must purchase.
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