The Story of the Orchestra, Hardback
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Eye-catching illustrations, engaging text and delightful musical selections on the accompanying 70-minute CD lead children ages 8 to 12 (and parents, too!) on an exciting and educational tour through the instruments and music of the orchestra.

Illustrated in exquisite and colorful detail with over 100 original drawings and photographs, this package is a fun and exciting musical journey for children.

The engaging text is broken into three sections: an introduction to each instrument of the orchestra from the cello to the timpani, the stories of famous composers from Bach to Stravinsky and an explanation of different musical styles from Baroque to Modern.

Each step of the way, children can listen to actual musical examples of what they are learning about.

Young readers will hear the sound of an actual violin as they study the instrument and enjoy the playful tune of a Mozart minuet as they read about the composer's precocious exploits as a child.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 96 pages, 100 colour illustrations
  • Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers Inc
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  • Category: Music: general interest (Children's/YA)
  • ISBN: 9781579121488



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This is a great welcome to the members of the orchestra. It is geared towards elementary students but holds a great amount of information for anyone interested in music. The accompanying CD is also excellent.

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