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Getting to Know the World's Greatest Composers: Ludwig van Beethoven Paperback – Sep 1 1996

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Children's Press; New edition edition (Sept. 1 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0516200690
  • ISBN-13: 978-0516200699
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 20.3 x 24.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 91 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
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"A great way to prepare children for the pleasure of a museum visit or a concert." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Mike Venezia is the author of several nonfiction books for children.

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Ludwig van Beethoven's life and works in 32 illustrated pages! The author/illustrator pitches the salient aspects of Beethoven's life and music at just the right pitch for young readers. The illustrations are charming and quite funny, and the text is mostly accurate and informative (one quibble - Beethoven died at age 56, not 57 as is stated on the last page). Overall a very fine addition to this series.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0687f18) out of 5 stars An entertaining juvenile biography of the great Ludwig Van Feb. 11 2003
By Lawrance Bernabo - Published on
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Mike Venezia's Getting to Know the World's Greatest Composers series tends to focus on biographies rather than music appreciation because unlike his companion series on the World's Greatest Artists you cannot include a sonata the way you can a reproduction of a painting. However, for Ludwig Van Beethoven the author/illustrator makes an exception. This volume begins with an appreciation for how Beethoven changed the sound of music (no more party music). Within that context Venezia provides the expected biography, complete with historic ethics and paintings as well as those funny cartoons; just think Beethoven as the Liberace (if you are over 50) or Elton John (if you are under 50) of his day. There is also a photograph of his eyeglasses and metal ear trumpets. However, Venezia only mentions a handful of specific works by Beethoven, touching on how the 3rd symphony represented Napoleon, the four-note theme of the 5th Symphony, and going into some depth on the 6th Pastoral Symphony (but no mention of the glorious 9th Symphony or his other masterworks). Still, I appreciate the attempt to get more into Beethoven's music than he has done in other volumes of this series, which covers not only the great classic composers like Handel and Mozart, but also contemporary composers from Aaron Copland and George Gerswhin to Duke Ellington and the Beatles. As always, the recommendation is for young readers to have listened to some of Beethoven's masterpieces before, during and after reading this engaging juvenile biography and mini-music appreciation lesson.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa079cabc) out of 5 stars Perfect for our homeschool study! Oct. 4 2013
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I decided to start introducing Classical Music into our Homeschool lessons. My 4th grade daughter really loved this book! We read it together and then did a lapbook at the end of the study. The book was complete and my daughter loved the funny drawings throughout the book. It provided enough information about Beethoven without going into boring details. While reading, we listened to his music on Pandora. It was a great lesson which we both enjoyed!
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HASH(0xa0665018) out of 5 stars Great for Elementary Music Classes June 2 2014
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I teach K-12 music and I have nearly all of the Greatest Composer series by Mike Venezia. My elementary students love story time and the funny cartoons really help them to remember points. I really appreciate the great care Venezia takes in writing about delicate points, such as Beethoven's abusive and alcoholic father. He is truthful about it, but not overly morbid. I plan on buying the rest of the series.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0593c00) out of 5 stars great book Nov. 13 2010
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fun and clear way to learn about composers. check out his other books. they are on a second grade level, fun caricature cartoons combined with real pictures and sometimes pictures of artifacts as well.
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HASH(0xa2081f00) out of 5 stars Nice read for the young ones interested in music April 1 2013
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My 4 year old is very much into music and piano. He just stated taking lessons and his teacher recommended this. This book tells about Beethoven's life, music around that time in detail.
Most of all it motivates my son to practice music everyday.