Simply Fantastic: An Introduction to Classical Music, Gerhard
Author: Ana Gerhard
Illustrator: Claudia Legnazzi
Format: Hardcover, 68 pages
Publisher: The Secret Mountain (2014)
The works of Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Verdi and others are introduced to children through the magical beings from legends and classic tales — including gnomes, fairies, witches, goblins, elves and wizards — that inspired the composers. An original and interesting way for younger listeners to discover classical music, this book pairs three centuries of music history with stunning and evocative illustrations and includes a glossary of musical terms, a short biography of each composer and a brief presentation of each extraordinary character.
The accompanying CD features 20 excerpts from various recordings performed by world-class luminaries, including the London Philharmonic Orchestra, La Scala Chorus and Orchestra and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields.
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.