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A Young Person's Guide to Music [Hardcover]

Neil Ardley , Poul Ruders , Andrew Davis , Bbc Symphony Orchestra
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Oct 1995
A practical look and listen guide to the world of music. Includes a specially created CD featuring a new work by innovative Danish composer Poul Ruders. Special symbols in the book show you when to turn on the CD and listen to the instruments featured on the page or to BBC Sympony Orchestra conductor, Andrew Davis, explaining different parts of the music. Easy-to-follow timelines chart the lives of composers and their works, together with photos of young musicians and today's famous performers. A must for any budding musician.
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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Dk Pub (T); Book & CD edition (Oct 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789403137
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789403131
  • Product Dimensions: 28.2 x 22.4 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,101,335 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excllent introduction for young children 27 April 2006
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is an excellent book to teach children about music; I haven't found anything else like it. Though it is aimed at older children I use it with my 2 year old who loves looking at all the pictures and listening to the sound of each instrument on the CD. My 11 month old baby also seems to enjoy looking with us!! As they get older there will be lots more to teach them eg about how each instrument works, the history of music section, and listeneing for the different instruments in the symphony.

Just one thing to note though; this is very much a guide to the orchestra and classical instruments - it only touches on other types of music.
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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book to start study of instruments! 27 April 2000
By Donna - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I used this with my children (ages 2-13) in 1999 as an introduction to different musical instruments. We enjoyed the photos of instruments being played, diagrams to clarify details, and historical information on the instruments. In the first 51 pages called Making Music, topics covered are the orchestra, conductor, composer, groups of instruments (stringed, woodwind, brass, percussion, and keyboard), and chamber music. Each instument section includes how the instruments actually make the sounds and is correlated to the CD. I wish the CD tracks could have been longer and sometimes the track included several instruments playing. It was hard to just pick out a particular instrument, especially for the younger children.
The music on the CD is Concerto in Pieces by Poul Ruders played by the BBC Symphony Orchestra and conducted by Andrew Davis. In the composer section there are photos of Ruders working on this score, in the orchestra section there are photos of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and in the conductor section there are photos of Andrew Davis conducting.
Part 2 is the History of Music. We enjoyed an interesting timeline with historic art from 40,000 BC to 2000 AD. (Since they have so little information, it really starts in 2600 BC.) Major divisions are ancient, medieval, baroque, classical, romantic, and national music. A reference section on composers, musical forms, and a glossary of musical terms completes the book.
I didn't really care for the CD, especially now having listened to it many, many times through. I wish it could have more clearly indicated individual instruments too.
I think this was a good start in our study of musical instruments. The children were interested in reading from it each day (2-4 pages per day). They enjoyed the diagrams and seeing the instruments. The CD added to the book. I just think it could have been better.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An Inspiring Product 9 April 2007
By R. Rogers - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
My two-year-old was there when I opened the package containing this book. After five minutes of looking through the new book with me, she was inspired to pick up a large leaf and place it under her chin. She took a stick and began rubbing it back and forth across the leaf. "I'm playing my viola," she said. The really funny scene was when she tried to pretend a guitar case was a double bass. The pictures are really great for kids. I think they could have chosen nicer music for their cd. The Witches Chorus is rather overpowering. The instrument examples sound electronic to me. The charts of music history is confusing. Incidents in each period seem to have been picked at random rather than for their overall importance to the period. It isn't really a general overview. However, I still like the book. The strong point is that it gives children a good introduction to the instruments. It is entertaining.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Thoughts on this book 31 Aug 2012
By J. Dresser - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I was somewhat disappointed in this book. I guess for a non-musical person, it does okay. I may have expected more on how to compose music and/or come up with tunes. It failed me on those counts. Illustrations were good though.
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