Listen to the Birds: An Introduction to Classical Music, Gerhard/Varela (CD)

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Author Ana Gerhard
Illustrator Cecilia Varela
Format Hardcover
Pages 64
Publisher The Secret Mountain
Publication Year 2013
ISBN-13 978-2923163895

Throughout history birds have caught the imagination of composers and inspired their creativity and this selection of works by Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Vivaldi, and others introduces children to classical music through the discovery of the melodious similarities between notes produced by instruments such as the flute, the organ, and the harpsichord and the birds’ songs. In addition to lovely illustrations, the book features a glossary of musical terms, a short biography of each composer, and a brief description of each bird evoked or mentioned in the composition.

The accompanying CD offers excerpts of 20 different recordings—ranging from The GoldfinchHens and Roosters, and The Dance of the Swans to The Cuckoo and the NightingalePiano Concerto N, and Dance of the Firebird—performed by world-class luminaries including the London Symphony Orchestra, the Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the Toronto Chamber Orchestra.

About Ana Gerhard

Ana Gerhard studied as a concert pianist at the Mexican National Conservatory. She has taught piano for several years and has hosted numerous radio programs dedicated to the promotion of classical music. She is the author of Listen to the Birds.

About Cecilia Varela

Cecilia Varela studied at the National School of Fine Arts in Buenos Aires. She has illustrated several children’s books and received the prestigious 2007 Conaculta Award (The National Council for Culture and Arts in Mexico) in recognition of her work.