Children's - Grade 3-4, Age 8-9
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Make Way For BooksNice introduction to the orchestra and the families and individual instruments that compose it.
Publisher Summary...an intelligent book, neatly executed, and just insouciant enough to maintain adult interest
-- The Toronto Globe and Mail
The Orchestra, a non-fiction book for children, introduces musical instruments, basic musical concepts and the symphonic orchestra. The very straight-forward text is accompanied by playful, but accurate, drawings. A number of musical concepts are explored, among them harmony, tempo and dynamics. The role of the composer and conductor are explored and each musical instrument described. A subplot, apparent only through the illustrations, shows two children who wend their way through the orchestra's rehearsal, visiting the instrument families, and culminates in a full-dress concert.
Comprehensive, but simple in its approach, the book combines solid information with an enjoyable format.
Explains how music is composed, describes each family of instruments in a typical orchestra, and tells how the conductor guides the orchestra