My First Classical Music Book (with Audio CD) Hardcover – CD, Classical
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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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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.
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!
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! :-)
It is a good sized hardback which contains information on composers, instruments and the places in which classical music can be found.
I found the illustrations lively and colourful, the music well chosen and the information/questions ideal for my children who are 5 and 7.
My 7yr old says "I like this book as it had lots of information about music in it. I enjoyed listening to the CD."
I will probably buy this as a gift for other children of this age.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
great for my instrument mad son, cool anecdotes and a good overview. i thought they could have included other modern composers besides adams, but for a first introduction to all... Read morePublished 10 months ago by urquhartfay
Delightful - a brilliant introduction for children to the world of classical musicPublished 12 months ago by lkd461
I thought the CD would accompany the book, i.e advise when to turn pages etc for the child. It doesn't. Just kind of random sounds.Published 13 months ago by DJFearRoss
Lovely. My 6 year old loves it and is now obsessed with Beethoven!Published 15 months ago by Mrs Knitter