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books about famous composers for kids

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xing Fri 21-Mar-14 10:42:53

DS is 8 and is doing Stepen Hellers's Etude. I have no knowledge of music, but from various mumsnet posts I realised it will be helpful if DS knows about some background info about the composer and the piece. I know such info cam be found from Wikipedia, but DS is not that into Wikipedia as it is mainly text in black and white. I wonder if anyone can recommend a good book (ideally fun words with pictures) about famous composers that are suitable for kids to read? - DS likes reading and can read slightly above his age.

JulieMichelleRobinson Fri 21-Mar-14 10:53:20

If you can find/order them, there's a series called "Getting to know the world's greatest composers" that is designed for children about that age. I haven't used them myself and literally googled stuff and then looked it up on Amazon, but they look about right for the age group. If your son is a good reader then he will find them an easy read.

Slightly harder reads are the "Introducing" series.

You could also try the audio (e-books linked) here on librivox:

However, they mainly deal with the uber famous people - Mozart, Beethoven etc.

JulieMichelleRobinson Fri 21-Mar-14 11:49:04

Sorry.. hopefully this will link:

Getting to know


xing Fri 21-Mar-14 12:52:30

Julie, Thank you very much for the info. Both link works and I will order some of the books.

Noteventhebestdrummer Fri 21-Mar-14 18:21:35

Why Beethoven Threw The Stew is a good one! About several composers. It's by Stephen Isserlis.

CURIOUSMIND Fri 21-Mar-14 23:02:14

Meet the great composers by June Montgomery and Maurice Hinson.

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