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Those Amazing Musical Instruments!: Your Guide to the Orchestra Through Sounds and Stories (Naxos Books) Hardcover – September 1, 2007
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From the Back Cover
The great physicist Albert Einstein played and taught the violin.
Harp strings have different colors depending on their note.
The first flutes were made of bones!
A silver trumpet was found in Tutankhamnn's tomb in Egypt in 1922: it had been lying there undiscovered for 3,000 years.
The sound produced on the clarinet is actually affected by the shape and size of the player's mouth.
Did you know?
Every single bassoon is a bit different. If something goes wrong with a bassoon, a player can?t simply pick up another one and expect to sound the same.
Marin Alsop is your guide to Those Amazing Musical Instruments! She's a conductor who has led orchestras in Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Baltimore, Paris and Tokyo! Watch for Marin's tips and comments all through the book.
The CD-ROM lets you hear the sound of each instrument alone, or playing with an orchestra. More than 100 musical samples in all! Plus loads of bonus history and fun musical information
About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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 it's 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! Awe shucks, they left out the little garklien!
I let children check out materials from my room and I want more copies of this book for them and one for myself!
Under the direction of noted conductor Marin Alsop, musical instruments are described, their history explored, the complexity of their construction is illustrated and then the sounds are heard on the accompanying CD-ROM. They are heard alone, in groups, and finally in full orchestral glory. The book contains beautiful illustrations and captivating narrative and, together with the CD-ROM, makes a wonderful read aloud opportunity for youngsters of all ages. All the reader needs is a DVD player or laptop computer to present a wonderful program guaranteed to captivate the audience.
Each family of musical instruments--string, woodwind, brass, percussion, and keyboard--is explained through word, illustration, and sound. The reader and audience will learn what inspired the shape of stringed instruments or the construction of woodwind mouthpieces, and that the nose was once used to play the flute instead of the mouth. And who knew that paper bags, toy frogs, tin foil, metal trash cans, or trays of dishes have all been used in the percussion section? These are just some of the tidbits of information that add to the joy of reading this book, either to self or aloud.
Talented artists worked with the author to develop and design the book and the final product is a work of art. Don't miss this one.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Recommended from son's music teach and he loves this book. Tons of instruments to learn about with a CD to hear what there sound like. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Brandie J
I bought this for my son, he just turned 3 and is crazy about instruments and orchestras. He absolutely flipped out when we gave this book to him. Read morePublished 3 months ago by James Edward Davis
CD has great resources that coordinate perfectly with the book. I have used it in the classroom with a laptop/projector and the listening examples... Read morePublished 4 months ago by BlessedMommy
My daughter loves this book. She would check it out of the library all the time so I bought her a copy.Published 12 months ago by Holla
This is an amazing book for music loving children. I love the technical detail (ie. Breaking down the names of the parts on an instrument) because these are things my music... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Sarah
This is a wonderful book. I use it to teach music in my classroom....the CD that comes with the book is great!Published 22 months ago by Karen Gleason
this book is really nice, very clear and descriptive, lots of pictures. what's even better is the CD-rom, which allows you to see the instrument, hear it being played by itself,... Read morePublished on August 17, 2014 by kcb
Loved the pictures and the cd. Wonderful for my older preschool group to see the instruments. I do story time at the library and my group varies from week to week who comes. Read morePublished on July 25, 2014 by Dreamy