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Ludwig Van Beethoven (Getting to Know the World's Greatest Composers) [Library Binding]

Mike Venezia
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26 Jun 1997 Getting to Know the World's Greatest Composers
Young readers will obtain a light-hearted ye t realistic overview of Beethoven''s life and work in this in troductory text. '


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  • Library Binding: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Franklin Watts Ltd; Library Binding edition (26 Jun 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0516045423
  • ISBN-13: 978-0516045429
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 20.4 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,918,085 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mike Venezia's Getting to Know the World's Greatest Composers series tends to focus on biographies rather than music appreciation because unlike his companion series on the World's Greatest Artists you cannot include a sonata the way you can a reproduction of a painting. However, for Ludwig Van Beethoven the author/illustrator makes an exception. This volume begins with an appreciation for how Beethoven changed the sound of music (no more party music). Within that context Venezia provides the expected biography, complete with historic ethics and paintings as well as those funny cartoons; just think Beethoven as the Liberace (if you are over 50) or Elton John (if you are under 50) of his day. There is also a photograph of his eyeglasses and metal ear trumpets. However, Venezia only mentions a handful of specific works by Beethoven, touching on how the 3rd symphony represented Napoleon, the four-note theme of the 5th Symphony, and going into some depth on the 6th Pastoral Symphony (but no mention of the glorious 9th Symphony or his other masterworks). Still, I appreciate the attempt to get more into Beethoven's music than he has done in other volumes of this series, which covers not only the great classic composers like Handel and Mozart, but also contemporary composers from Aaron Copland and George Gerswhin to Duke Ellington and the Beatles. As always, the recommendation is for young readers to have listened to some of Beethoven's masterpieces before, during and after reading this engaging juvenile biography and mini-music appreciation lesson.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining juvenile biography of the great Ludwig Van 12 Feb 2003
By Lawrance M. Bernabo - Published on Amazon.com
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Mike Venezia's Getting to Know the World's Greatest Composers series tends to focus on biographies rather than music appreciation because unlike his companion series on the World's Greatest Artists you cannot include a sonata the way you can a reproduction of a painting. However, for Ludwig Van Beethoven the author/illustrator makes an exception. This volume begins with an appreciation for how Beethoven changed the sound of music (no more party music). Within that context Venezia provides the expected biography, complete with historic ethics and paintings as well as those funny cartoons; just think Beethoven as the Liberace (if you are over 50) or Elton John (if you are under 50) of his day. There is also a photograph of his eyeglasses and metal ear trumpets. However, Venezia only mentions a handful of specific works by Beethoven, touching on how the 3rd symphony represented Napoleon, the four-note theme of the 5th Symphony, and going into some depth on the 6th Pastoral Symphony (but no mention of the glorious 9th Symphony or his other masterworks). Still, I appreciate the attempt to get more into Beethoven's music than he has done in other volumes of this series, which covers not only the great classic composers like Handel and Mozart, but also contemporary composers from Aaron Copland and George Gerswhin to Duke Ellington and the Beatles. As always, the recommendation is for young readers to have listened to some of Beethoven's masterpieces before, during and after reading this engaging juvenile biography and mini-music appreciation lesson.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great book 14 Nov 2010
By gateacher - Published on Amazon.com
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fun and clear way to learn about composers. check out his other books. they are on a second grade level, fun caricature cartoons combined with real pictures and sometimes pictures of artifacts as well.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for Elementary Music Classes 2 Jun 2014
By Toot Suite - Published on Amazon.com
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I teach K-12 music and I have nearly all of the Greatest Composer series by Mike Venezia. My elementary students love story time and the funny cartoons really help them to remember points. I really appreciate the great care Venezia takes in writing about delicate points, such as Beethoven's abusive and alcoholic father. He is truthful about it, but not overly morbid. I plan on buying the rest of the series.
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for our homeschool study! 4 Oct 2013
By JLC - Published on Amazon.com
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I decided to start introducing Classical Music into our Homeschool lessons. My 4th grade daughter really loved this book! We read it together and then did a lapbook at the end of the study. The book was complete and my daughter loved the funny drawings throughout the book. It provided enough information about Beethoven without going into boring details. While reading, we listened to his music on Pandora. It was a great lesson which we both enjoyed!
5.0 out of 5 stars kid loved it 12 Sep 2013
By cow - Published on Amazon.com
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she loves composers and reads this book constantly. very good book. she reads it daily. i highly recommend this book
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