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Stories of the Great Composers: Book & CD (Learning Link) Paperback – July 1, 2000
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These and many other interesting facts are hidden in this book. Each composer's life story begins with his place of birth and the period of classical music he was born. Then the chapter continues with a brief biography of the composer. A short imaginary (but based on real facts) story about a day in the life of the composer keeps things interesting for the young readers. Finally, there is a 'mix-and-match' word game on the facts about that composer. The book also includes a CD with example of compositions (mostly the popular ones, not the ones that shows the unique style) from that composer.
Overall this is a great introduction to classical composers for your young one, and sometimes for the parents as well. Alfred Music, a well known music related publisher, has a bunch of books that introduces classical music to the elementary students. This book is possibly the very first that young future classical music lover should be introduced to.
Some areas of improvement for a later print:
When introducing the composers, recall the book talked about the 'period of classical music' he was born in? But what are those periods of classical music? What was 'Baroque' and what was 'Classical' period?
Also the example composition from the composer in the CD often seems to have been played on synthesizer, not a real instrument like organ or violin. I expected a better quality from Alfred. If you are worried about this aspect, play a real symphony-led piece after the CD example to your young one and let him/her find out the difference.
Now, who discovered and introduced Bach's compositions to the world many after he passed away?
Read this book and you will discover the answer.