My First Orchestra Book, Helsby
Author: Genevieve Helsby
Illustrator: Karin Eklund
Format: Hardcover, 68 pages
Publisher: Naxos Books (2014)
An engaging introduction to the orchestra, aimed to fire the imagination of classical music’s youngest audiences. Follow along with Tormod — a troll who has come all the way from the top of a mountain in Norway to discover music. As he searches for the music that will help him find his way home, readers learn about the different instruments — what they look and sound like and how they belong in different families. There is a musical quiz at the end, so don’t miss a beat!
Throughout the book children are referred to the accompanying CD to hear musical examples as they read. Selections include Sarasate’s Carmen Fantasy, Copland’s Clarinet Concerto, selections from Wagner’s Tannhauser and Edvard Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite.
About Genevieve Helsby:
After gaining a distinction for piano performance at Durham University, Genevieve Helsby graduated with an MA in music and went on to spend three years as Literary Editor at Chandos Records. She then enjoyed a brief spell at Oxford University Press before taking up the post of Editorial Manager within Naxos, handling all books and educational titles. She is the author of The Story of Classical Music interactive CD-ROM, published by Naxos AudioBooks in 2004, as well as Meet the Instruments of the Orchestra!, published by Naxos Books in 2007.