“Listen to the Birds: An Introduction to Classical Music” (**GIVEAWAY**)


 “Listen to the Birds: An Introduction to Classical Music”

This product was provided free of charge in exchange for an honest review.

Being a long time lover of classical music, I was somewhat familiar with the use of bird sounds and calls in music.  However, I had not really paid attention to just how frequently composers sought to imitate or include birds in their compositions.  The Secret Mountain has compiled a collection of 20 different excerpts of compositions which include birds.  These performances are recorded by world class professional groups such as the London Symphony Orchestra, the Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Toronto Chamber Orchestra.   The 20 excerpts include:

The Goldfinch by Vivaldi

La Primavera by Vivaldi

The Song of the Birds by Janequin

Melancholy by Rautavaara

The Bird (Peter and the Wolf) by Prokofiev

Hens and Roosters (The Carnival of the Animals) by Saint-Saens

Aviary  (The Carnival of the Animals) by Saint-Saens

The Swan  (The Carnival of the Animals) by Saint-Saens

Dance of the Swans (Swan Lake) by Tchaikovsky

Song for the Lark (The Seasons- Album for Children) by Tchaikovsky

The Lark Ascending by Vaughan Williams

Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks by Mussorgsky

Toccata Con Lo Scherzo Del Cucco by Pasquini

The Cuckoo and the Nightingale by Handel

The Robin by Messiaen

Papageno and Papagena (The Magic Flute) by W.A. Mozart

Piano Concerto No. 17 by W.A. Mozart

The Raven by Schubert

Dance of the Firebird by Stravinsky

Toy Symphony by L. Mozart

Included with the recording is a fabulous resource, “Listen to the Birds: An Introduction to Classical Music” storybook.  For each musical excerpt, information about the featured bird, the music, the composer or other associated facts are provided.  Plus, each page has a beautiful illustration.  At the back of the book, the publishers have included a wonderful variety of information, tools and resources including a listening guide, composer biographies, a glossary of musical terms and a timeline of composers and periods.  As if that were not enough, the CD also includes a printable PDF file of illustrations, explanatory notes, composer biographies and a glossary of musical terms.

I was disappointed that the recordings are only excerpts and not entire movements, sections or works.  Sometimes it seems as if you are just beginning to enjoy the recording and that excerpt is finished and moving on to the next one.  I personally would have preferred longer sections, but since this is a collection aimed towards children, it is understandable that they have been cut short.

If you are music teacher or parent seeking a resource to add more classical music appreciation to your home or classroom, this is a terrific tool for you.  Doing a unit on birds or the use of bird sounds in music?  This is the perfect resource.  Know a bird lover?  This set would make a terrific gift.

“Listen to the Birds: An Introduction to Classical Music” will be available May 15, 2013 from the Secret Mountain.  You can also pre-order from Amazon.com for $9.90.

Check out the other offerings available from The Secret Mountain.  They have a terrific variety of music, music + storybooks, apps and ebooks.  Follow them on Facebook or Twitter for exciting announcements about upcoming publications and sales.

This product was provided free of charge in exchange for an honest review.



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    A Nation of Moms says:

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