Yes, we know, it’s old news that Heather gets excited when children’s music and classical music hold hands, but this week’s installment of New Music Tuesday is extra-exciting!
Friends, the latest presentation from The Secret Mountain is a real gem. Instead of dropping you and your young ones into classical music and hoping you “get” the beauty of the genre, this is a carefully and thoughtfully curated collection of musical excerpts around a simple theme: birds. Birds have been such an inspiration to composers that there is a plethora of music available. Twenty excerpts are featured here, all of which feature a bird theme. There are obvious pieces, such as the three bird pieces from Saint-Saens’ “The Carnival of the Animals,” and Vivaldi’s “La Primavera” bird theme, and some less-known pieces Mozart’s “Toy Symphony” and Rautavaara’s “Melancholy.” The birds are represented by many different instruments including the flute, the organ, and the harpsichord. Children (and adults) enjoy identifying the bird theme in each piece as well as the instrument.
As this is published by The Secret Mountain, “Listen to the Birds, an Introduction to Classical Music” is accompanied with a beautiful artbook that provides not only artwork for each pieces but also background information on each piece. Perfect for classical music fans and newbies, alike.
One lucky reader will win this storybook and CD!
US and Canadian residents, please.
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