|Your Guide to the Orchestra Through Sounds and Stories|
"The flute is one of the earliest instruments in the world. It goes right back to the Stone Age, two or three million years ago. People discovered that if they made holes in pieces of animal bone, or bark, or shells, they could blow down them and produce notes."
Aristotle, ancient Greek philosopher said, "The flute is not an instrument which has a good moral effect. It is too exciting."
Just think of how many times you heard the flute play a starring role, like in Mozart's opera The Magic Flute!
Product DescriptionFrom the cello to the clarinet to the trumpet to the drums, Those Amazing Musical Instruments! takes readers on a musical tour, with notes on the history, construction and sounds of the instruments from each of the major instrument "families." They can see the parts of the violin working together, read about the flute in Mozart's "The Marriage of Figaro," or hear the different sounds of the tuba on the included CD-ROM. This interactive CD-ROM includes individual musical samples giving readers an audible taste of each instrument, as well as full orchestra pieces showing how they play together.
About the AuthorGenevieve Helsby graduated from Durham University with an MA in music, was Literary Editor at Chandos Records, then served at Oxford University Press before becoming Editorial Manager with
Marin Alsop guides readers through the instruments, offering helpful tips and commentary throughout the book. She is Music Director of the Baltimore Symphony and Gramophone magazine's 2003 Artist of the Year.
About The Book
The book is set up in sections: Introduction/Orchestra/Seating/Sound Waves; Strings; Woodwinds; Brass; Percussion; Keyboards; Voice; Electronic Instruments; Conductor; and even a Dictionary! An overview is given for each of the sections and each instrument has sound files on the CD-ROM. The photographs of each instrument are colorful, with the parts labeled. The descriptions include famous people who learned to play that instrument, how it is played, different genres where it is used; ranges of the instrument and its relationship to the range of the entire orchestra.
This book not only includes orchestral instruments, but some folk instruments such as guitar (acoustic and electric) and mandolin. The Woodwind section includes 5 of the recorders, great bass, bass, tenor, alto, soprano, and sopranino!
This is a great book for ages 9-12.
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