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My First Classical Music Book (with Audio CD) [Classical] [Hardcover]

Genevieve Helsby , Jason Chapman
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Book Description

2 Feb 2009
This is a delightfully colourful introduction to classical music, aimed to fire the imagination of young children aged 5-7 years. Readers are asked to think about the different places in which we might hear music, whether it is in a concert hall, or just on television. They are then introduced to a selection of famous composers including Mozart and Beethoven, and learn about each of the musical instrument families, from woodwind to percussion. Throughout the book children are referred to the accompanying CD so that they can hear examples as they read. Music on the CD includes Mozart's 'Magic Flute', Williams' 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone', Saint-Saens' 'Carnival of the Animals', Holst's 'Planets', Stravinsky's 'Petrushka'; and Prokofiev's 'Peter and the Wolf'.

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  • Hardcover: 68 pages
  • Publisher: Naxos Books; Har/Com edition (2 Feb 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843791188
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843791188
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 24.9 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,066 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An exuberant and fascinating introduction to instruments, melodies and composers alike - Handel, Brahms, Stravinsky, John Adams are all included - and comes with a CD, the carefully chosen tracks dovetailing nicely with the text. --Judith Woods

For younger listeners, My First Classical Music Book by Genevieve Helsby combines a picture book and a 69-minute CD in a venture that gives the project of introducing children to proper music its biggest boost since Peter and the Woolf. Dotted among Jason Chapman's lively illustrations are some facts even grown-ups won't know...and there is even a game attempt to evoke the special quality of minimalist music: "Listening to it is like staring at a fire, or at the sea; you find yourself stuck there, just watching, listening...'. Helsby does an excellent job of making classical msuic accessible and entertaining, with well-chosen CD tracks that kick off with the theme music from the Harry Potter films (by Carl Davis) and follow up with a rousing greatest-hits selection from Offenbach's Can-Can to Saint-Saens's animals, and just a small sample of the dread minimalism thrown in. A sticker on the cover recommends it for ages five to seven, though it would entertain anyone with a few gaps in their knowledge to plug and a few hours of summer leisure time to while away. --Karen Robinson, The Sunday Times

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A gem 16 Feb 2009
A lovely book, just what I was looking for to enjoy with my little granddaughter. The illustrations are a delight - any child would love the animals which are found throughout, sometimes in unexpected places. As a teacher I value its excellent organisation & its approach to learning about music by making it such fun. A real gem.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Attractive & informative 25 Feb 2009
What a wonderful book! Put this as a must-have on all birthday lists this year. I very much enjoyed the logical structure and beautiful illustrations. As a music teacher I'm always keen to introduce classical music to my nieces and nephews and this provides a fun and interesting way of doing so. The well-chosen excerpts and carefully thought-out questions from the 'music bird' lead to further questioning and desire to investigate other pieces of music. I have to admit to developing a soft spot for the double bass playing polar bear too!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Colourful, entertaining and informative 19 Feb 2009
What a gem! This book will delight children and adults alike with its colourful, clear and fun approach to classical music.

Clearly laid out, each double page is devoted to a particular topic, with friendly animals to guide the way with interesting and quirky facts, and questions to encourage children to think about where and how they might hear music, all illustrated beautifully and accompanied by musical examples on cd.

There's a wide range of music, from the familiar Peter and the Wolf (used to illustrate the wind instrument section), to less familiar yet accessible pieces by Telemann, Glazunov and Granados, which should keep even musical parents interested!

With enough here to make for several readings (you probably wouldn't want to do it all in one sitting), this book has become a firm favourite in our household. Thoroughly recommended.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book to work your way through. 16 Feb 2009
My 6 year-old son and I are very much enjoying this book, listening to the music and talking about it (particularly trying to identify the instruments!).

We love the variety of the music, from John William's Harry Potter to a Mozart opera and Prokofiev's Peter and the wolf. You need that variety to give children the range of classical music, but to take it all in at once can seem disjointed.

The key is to take it slowly and work your way through it thoughtfully over time. If you do and really listen closely to the pieces it can lead to some remarkably insightful discussions. And it is fun!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic introduction to music! 5 Oct 2009
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I read a review in a newspaper about this book several months ago and decided to buy one as a birthday present for a 5 year old boy . It is a wonderful book , laid out well and the illustrations are great too . The chapters are well defined , a very enjoyable book to look at and discover music , composers and instruments . I thought this book was so delightful that I bought another one for a christmas present for a 6 year old girl.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific - and believe me I am fussy! 3 May 2012
By Guy
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Delivery: less than 24 hours on the free delivery option is quite some going by any standards!

Book/Disc: To see my 6 year old boy's eyes light up and dive right into reading/listening was the best reward any well intentioned parent could wish for.

- Beautifully and imaginatively illustrated
- Super cross section of repertoire, attractively described in the book with quality performances on the disc
- Quality, hard back publication
- At 5-6 pounds, the best value investment in their cultural life
- It's FUN! :-)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Introducing granddaughters to Classical music 17 May 2009
This book gives a clear, entertaining introduction into all aspects of classical music-Types of music, instruments and composers. Each piece is just the right length for the age of child the book is aimed at and the C.D. provides activity as well as reading and listening. Our favorite page is the Can Can "lets dance the Can Can again" is the cry to a weary Grandma!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great introduction for kids 17 July 2009
My daughter is 5 years old and heard the CD/read the book when she was at a friends. She kept talking about it so I bought one for her (and a couple to give as b'day gifts!) We often listen to the CD while eating meals and she recognizes various composers and knows which sounds she enjoys the most. The book gives lots of interesting easy to digest facts about different composers and styles of music. I've learned quite a bit too! The parents of the friends she gave it to as presents, have raved about it too.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful book
Such a lovely book. So informative in a way that children will easily absorb. The CD included has just the right pieces of music to introduce the younger generation into the... Read more
Published 7 days ago by Karen - Bham
5.0 out of 5 stars It is a very nice choice of different pieces
I bought this for my 1 1/2 year old toddler (although it is probably for older kids), as she likes dancing/ and moving on expressive classical music. Read more
Published 25 days ago by S Berendes
4.0 out of 5 stars good introduction
I got this one for my daughter. It is easy to read and the CD pieces alongside demonstrate what the text is describing. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Dr. Nicholas P. G. Davies
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely beautiful book with lovely colour pictures and clear text
Absolutely beautiful book with lovely colour pictures and clear text. Music on CD is wide-ranging. Will give enjoyment and pleasure for a long time to come.
Published 1 month ago by Miss F.E.Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent resource and that's just the CD in the back!
Beautifully constructed this book is a wonderful introduction for children and adults alike! As a professional musician I have particularly used the CD when working with kids. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Minstrals
5.0 out of 5 stars I bought three as presents Parents and children delighted. Children...
This is a first rate item, I bought three as presents Parents and children delighted. Children listen to the CD as their bedtime choice
Published 1 month ago by audrey fazakerley
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic collection of tunes
this was my favourite purchase of 2013 by far. I now buy it for all children's birthdays. The text annotating the music is sufficiently memorable my 4 year old can differentiate... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Lisa Simpson
5.0 out of 5 stars My First Classical Music Book
Lovely! My granddaughter is only four and can see her enjoying this book for a long time. What a good idea to include an Audio CD.
Published 3 months ago by Mike
5.0 out of 5 stars good gift.
Again a lovely gift for a 5 year old with a musical family. Was very pleased with it.
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Published 6 months ago by G. J. D.
5.0 out of 5 stars A great classical music introductory book for kids!
This book has been a hit at home, ever since it arrived!
Great selection of pieces, great way of presenting pieces and composers, plus lovely little hints what to listen for,... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Nadia H
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