Eye-catching illustrations and an accompanying 70-minute CD make this an exciting and educational introduction to the world of classical music-from composers and music history to the instruments of the orchestra-for elementary age children (and parents, too!).
Illustrated in exquisite and colorful detail with over 100 original drawings and photographs, the engaging text is broken into three sections:
- An introduction to each instrument of the orchestra from the cello to the timpani
- The stories of famous composers from Bach to Stravinsky.
- An explanation of different musical styles from Baroque to Modern.
Join Orchestra Bob on this fun and exciting musical journey. Perfect for young students just starting to play an orchestral instrument as well as for parents and teachers looking for a simple introduction to the principles and history of classical music.
About the Author
Meredith Hamilton graduated from Brown University and has an MFA from the School of Visual Arts. Formerly an art director at Newsweek and Time, she illustrated the previous six books in the Child's Introduction series, among other books, and her work can be found in magazines and animations as well. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and three children.
Author Robert Levine is an internationally known music and travel writer whose work has appeared in dozens of publications. He was the co-editor of Records' Classical Pulse! Magazine, helped launch and was the Senior Editor-in-chief of Andante.com, a world wide web site devoted to every aspect of classical music and musicians. He attends his operas and symphonies in New York.
Table of Contents
Orchestra Bob (7)
PART I: THE COMPOSERS (11)
Baroque Period (13)
Classical Music Era (17)
Romantic Era (22)
Modern Era (31)
PART II: THE ORCHESTRA INSTRUMENTS (41)
String Section (42)
Woodwind Section (50)
Brass Section (60)
Percussion Section (70)
Keyboard Instruments (85)
THE CONDUCTOR (92)
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I am using this book as part of my daughter's kindergarten homeschool curriculum. I love the way that the book naturally lends itself to making 'lessons.' The CD is great. I wish there were more composers (there are 15, but some had to be left out I guess).
This is a great welcome to the members of the orchestra. It is geared towards elementary students but holds a great amount of information for anyone interested in music. The accompanying CD is also excellent.
I have a 5 yr old grandson who is learning to play the piano and wanted to know what other instruments sounded like, so this book was perfect for him!
The story of the orchestra is a good book because it will tell you about the famous composers and about what they did in life. Also it'll tell you about the instruments when they were made and who made them and what the interments sounded like.