My First Classical Music Book, Helsby
Author: Genevieve Helsby
Illustrator: Jason Chapman
Format: Hardcover, 68 pages
Publisher: Naxos Books (2009)
A delightfully colorful introduction to classical music, aimed to fire the imagination of young. Readers are asked to think about the different places in which we might hear music, whether it is in a concert hall or just on television. Along the way, they are introduced to a selection of famous composers including Mozart and Beethoven, learning about each of the musical instrument families.
Throughout the book children are referred to the accompanying CD to hear musical examples as they read. Musical selections include Mozart’s The Magic Flute, the soundtrack to Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by John Williams, Stravinsky’s Petrushka and Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf.
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.