Wednesday, July 10, 2024

Little People : 10 Famous Composers


Embark on a musical journey through time with a captivating book specially crafted for children and young adults.

Through the pages of "Little People: 10 Famous Composers", readers will not only learn about the composers' masterpieces but also gain insight into the challenges and triumphs that fuelled their creativity.

Perfect for aspiring musicians, history enthusiasts, or anyone with a love for melody, "Little People: 10 Famous Composers" is an engaging and educational exploration of the power of music and the extraordinary individuals who composed their way into history.

my review...

Clemency Crow has chosen 10 of the most well-known composers and written a page about each. Each composer has a concise but very readable page followed by an illustration page of the author and his possible characteristics.

At the end of each author bio is a very short sentence that points out a characteristic for which they were well-known. This is in large print, rather like a short synopsis. I'm pointing this out because this short sentence or two in larger print makes this also possibly appealing to younger children while I think the actual book is geared toward children ages 5-7.

A fun book to share with your children. A keeper, one of those that will sit on their shelf for years to come.

read an excerpt...

Ludwig Van Beethoven

1770 - 1827

Beethoven has earned the distinction of being one of the world’s most popular composers, while being deaf. Although Beethoven said his deafness was because of an argument with a singer, he suffered from tinnitus which made his hearing worse.

Nevertheless, he went on to compose some of the world’s best loved songs, including ‘Ode to Joy’, (the Ninth Symphony, the Choral Symphony). This was later adopted by the EU as their anthem.

While Beethoven’s deafness did not stop him from composing as he used the vibrations from his piano, and he knew enough about the science of music to compose pleasing tunes and hear it in his head, it did make live performances almost impossible. This was a problem because it was an important source of income for the composer. Eventually, when his music began to get more popular, his income came from publishing his compositions and from people who believed enough in his work to give him money.

Beethoven was deaf, but that did not stop him from making great music. He wrote ‘Ode to Joy’, and a lot of piano music.

about Clemency Crow...

Clemency is a primary school teacher, children’s author, and illustrator, based in rural Caithness with her family and two needy spaniels. In fact, Clemency is typing this one handed, because Jess cries if she isn’t stroked for five seconds.

When she isn’t writing, Clemency loves designing new parts of her garden, trying to find plants that will withstand the 70mph winds that are likely to batter them. She is oftentimes to be found tearing her hair out at the prevalence of ground elder in the flower borders, while cultivated species struggle to survive.

Clemency’s favourite genre to write, and read, is fantasy adventure. This gives her ample opportunity to put her long suffering characters in perilous situations.

Website (currently in process of switching to Wordpress, but I’ll keep you updated if it changes)

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  1. Thank you for hosting and reviewing today.

  2. This sounds like an interesting book and I also like the cover.


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