Haydn's farewell symphony (Once Upon a Masterpiece) (#0972GX9)

by Celenza, Anna Harwell; illustrated by Kitchel, JoAnn E.

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Hardcover Charlesbridge, 2016
Price: USD 15.74
Description: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Dewey: -E-; Audience: Lower Elementary; Reading Level: 3.5
LEX 740L
From the publisher: Grades 1-4; Ages 6-9


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Once Upon a Masterpiece

Once Upon a Masterpiece Book Set by Celenza, Anna Harwell

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The Once Upon a Masterpiece series, by author/musicologist Anna Harwell Celenza, is a kid-friendly introduction to classical music with an engaging narrative, and whimsical art by JoAnn E. Kitchel.

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In 1772, with summer long gone and winter fast approaching, Joseph Haydn, court musician to Prince Nicholas of Esterhazy, creates a symphony that finally persuades his oblivious employer to close up his summer palace and allow the staff to return home.

From the Publisher
Anna Harwell Celenza's engaging fictionalized telling of the story behind Franz Joseph Haydn's famous symphony is a perfect introduction to classical music and its power. THE FAREWELL SYMPHONY brings to life a long summer spent at Esterh za, the summer palace of Prince Nicholas of Esterh zy.

The blustering, bellowing prince entertained hundreds of guests at his rural retreat and demanded music for every occasion. As the months passed, Haydn was kept very busy writing and performing music for parties, balls, dinners, and even walks in the gardens. His orchestra members became homesick and missed their families. The anger, frustration, and longing of the musicians is expressed beautifully in the symphony born of the clever mind of Joseph Haydn who used it to convince Prince Nicholas that it was time to go home.

Wonderfully expressive illustrations by JoAnn E. Kitchel capture all the comedy and pathos of this unique symphony. Beautifully interpretive motifs and borders convey the setting and emotion of the story mirroring the structure of the symphony with the repetitive use of sets of four. Making classical music and history come alive with color and character, THE FAREWELL SYMPHONY ensures a place for the arts in the hearts and minds of children.

Product Details
  • Publisher: Charlesbridge
  • Publication Date: April 12, 2016
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Edition: 2016 Once Upon a Masterpiece edition.
  • Dewey: -E-
  • Classifications: Fiction, Easy
  • Description: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Tracings: Kitchel, JoAnn E., illustrator.
  • ISBN-10: 1-58089-527-1
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-58089-527-9
  • LCCN: 2014-049182
  • Follett Number: 0972GX9
  • Reading Level: 3.5
  • Audience: Lower Elementary
  • Grades: 1-4
  • Ages: 6-9
  • Lexile: 740L

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