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Children's Book of Music

Children's Book of Music
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Music is and always has been an amazing way for people to connect to each other and to express their own ideas and emotions. The Children's Book of Music encourages young people to discover the power of music and be inspired by the music from cultures all over the world. In this clear and lively introduction to music history, the book takes a chronological journey around the world, exploring the sounds and rhythms of different cultures, the development of instruments, and the progression of musical styles. From the beginnings of music for ritual or magical purposes to the technological developments that have taken modern music in new directions, the fascinating history of how music has become an international exchange of ideas. This book simply explains how instruments are played and how composers have written music to express their feelings, and demystifies the language of music. Included are profiles of the fascinating lives, inspirations, and achievements of great composers and international performers, and timelines tracing the influences and roots of classical periods and modern popular music. A deeper appreciation of music is encouraged further, by "try it yourself ' activities and suggested lists of music to listen to. The four styles of spread in the Children's Book of Music reflect different aspects of a wide-ranging subject: Instrument profiles (such as a trumpet and a gamelan orchestra) give children the opportunity to see the instrument in full detail. Features include the types of music performed on it; how to play it; famous performers. Music styles (for example, hip hop and the Classical era) trace a timeline through the development of a particular style of music. Musician profiles (including Mozart and Elvis Presley) tell the stories of key composers and performers - the people Performance spreads (from stringed instruments to music festivals) present a theme-linked collection of instruments or musical performances. who shaped music as we know it. Contents What is Music? - Introduction Part 1: Early music (20,000 bce - 1600 ce) Performance: From the first hum - prehistoric and native music Music style: Ancient world music Instrument profile: Didgeridoo (Australia) Performance: Fun with drums - collection of drums from around the world Music style: Sounds of Africa Instrument profile: Pipa (China) Performance: Things with strings - collection of stringed instruments from around the world Musician profile: Ziryab - Arabic oud musician Instrument profile: The gamelan (Indonesia) Performance: Rituals and religious music Instrument profile: Sitar, tabla and tambura (India) Musician profile: Kengyo Yatsuhashi - Japanese koto composer Part 2: Classical music (1600 - 1900) Music style: Baroque era (1600-1750) Performance: World of wind - collection of wind instruments from around the world Musician profile: JS Bach Performance: Oratorios Music style: Classical era (1750-1820) Instrument profile: Violin Musician profile: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Musician profile: Ludvig van Beethoven Instrument profile: The orchestra Music style: Romantic era (1810-1920) Musician profile: Hector Berlioz Performance: Opera Musician profile: Richard Wagner Instrument profile: Grand piano Performance: Dance Musician profile: Peter Tchaikovsky Music style: National Music (19th century) Musician profile: The Mighty Handful Musician profile: Antonin Dvorak Performance: Great conductors Instrument profile: Trumpet Musician profile: Claude Debussy Musician profile: Heitor Villa-Lobos Performance: Operetta Part 3: Modern music (1900-now) Musician profile: Arnold Schoenberg Performance: Brassed off - collection of brass instruments from around the world Music style: The Blues Musician profile: Duke Ellington Instrument profile: Saxophone Musician profile: Joaquin Rodrigo Performance: Recorded sound Musician profile: Frank Sinatra Performance: Musicals Musician profile: Elvis Presley Instrument profile: Electric bands Musician profile: The Beatles Music style: Reggae Performance: In concert Musician profile: Led Zeppelin Music style: Pop music Performance: African pop Instrument profile: Electric guitar Music style: Hip hop Performance: Television and film music Musician profile: AR Rahman - Bollywood filmi music Music style: Contemporary classical music Musician profile: Peter Sculthorpe Music style: World electronica Performance: Music festivals Glossary Index Acknowledgments
DK Publishing; September 2010
145 pages; ISBN 9780756676384
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