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My First Piano Album

SKU: 10411

Listen to the piano turn into a bumblebee, a donkey, trolls, a bird, a horse, and a butterfly! Sometimes it isn’t anything except a piano, but the music coming out of it is exciting and beautiful. Can you spot Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star? Mozart makes it twinkle in all kinds of different ways. There are so many things to enjoy here, and all from one amazing musical instrument: the piano.

The "My First" album series is the ideal springboard for a lifelong journey through classical music. Each selection is carefully tailored for younger listeners and includes famous tracks as well as unexpected gems. The booklet is full of information on every piece of music. Unique and imaginative, these CDs will open a door to a wonderful world that children and parents can discover together.

Composers featured on My First Piano Album include:
Johann Sebastian Bach, Bela Bartok, Ludwig Van Beethoven, Johannes Brahms, Frederic Chopin, Claude Debussy, Antonin Dvorak, Gabriel Faure, Edvard Grieg, Franz Joseph Haydn, Jacques Ibert, Scott Joplin, Franz Liszt, Felix Mendelssohn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Sergei Rachmaninov, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Domenico Scarlatti, Franz Schubert, Robert Schumann

Total: 75:35

Our price: $14.95
Children's Musical Book Collection (3 Hardcover Books with CDs)
SKU: 10503
  
10% off the 3 Hardcover Books with CDs total. 
 
Price: $50.93 $44.99 (3 Hardcover Books with CDs)
 
 
Set includes:
 
 
A delightfully colorful introduction to classical music, aimed to fire the imagination of young children. 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. They are then introduced to a selection of famous composers including Mozart and Beethoven, and learn about each of the musical instrument families, from woodwind to percussion.
 
Throughout the book children are referred to the accompanying CD so that they can hear examples as they read. Music on the CD includes Magic Flute (Mozart), Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Williams), Carnival of the Animals (Saint-Saëns), The Planets (Holst), Petrushka (Stravinsky), and Peter and the Wolf (Prokofiev).
 
 
 
A little spooky, a little sad, and a lot of musical fun - that's what's in store for you with Lemony Snicket's The Composer is Dead.
 
The San Francisco Symphony asked composer Nathaniel Stookey to write the music and the great storyteller Lemony Snicket to create the story. Edwin Outwater conducted the world premiere performance and recording of The Composer Is Dead with the SFS in July 2006.
 
by Lemony Snicket (Author), Carson Ellis (Illustrator)
With CD of music composed by Nathaniel Stookey, narrated by Lemony Snicket.
 
 
 
Orchestra Bob Takes You on a Fun and Exciting Journey Through the World of Classical Music.

ALONG THE WAY YOU'LL LISTEN to the greatest works in classical music and HEAR each instrument of the orchestra and LEARN fun facts about the music, composers and musicians, including:

-Bach wasn't famous until 100 years after he died
-Some people think that years of playing the oboe can make you crazy
-Beethoven was totally deaf by the time he wrote the famous 9th Symphony
-The contrabassoon would be 16 feet tall if unwound
-Copland composed at night and on weekends and had a day job as an insurance agent

Illustrated in exquisite and colorful detail with over 100 original drawings and photographs, engaging text and delightful musical selections on the accompanying 70-minute CD lead children ages 8 to 12 (and parents, too!) on an exciting and educational tour through the instruments and music of the orchestra. The engaging text is broken into three sections: an introduction to each instrument of the orchestra from the cello to the timpani, the stories of famous composers from Bach to Stravinsky and an explanation of different musical styles from Baroque to Modern. Each step of the way, children can listen to actual musical examples of what they are learning about. Young readers will hear the sound of an actual violin as they study the instrument and enjoy the playful tune of a Mozart minuet as they read about the composer's precocious exploits as a child.

Our price: $44.99
The Composer Is Dead (Hardcover Book with CD)
SKU: 7789
 
A little spooky, a little sad, and a lot of musical fun - that's what's in store for you with Lemony Snicket's The Composer is Dead.
 
The San Francisco Symphony asked composer Nathaniel Stookey to write the music and the great storyteller Lemony Snicket to create the story. Edwin Outwater conducted the world premiere performance and recording of The Composer Is Dead with the SFS in July 2006.
 
by Lemony Snicket (Author), Carson Ellis (Illustrator)
 
With CD of music composed by Nathaniel Stookey, narrated by Lemony Snicket.

Hardcover: 40 pages

Reading level: Ages 4-8

Our price: $17.99
Beethoven's Wig 2: More Sing Along Symphonies
SKU: 5918
 
This is the celebrated follow up to the first Beethoven's Wig. Once again, Perlmutter's ingenious lyrics hit the spot with even more fact and fancy about these famous pieces and their composers. There's "Wow What a Wedding Cake," the song about a ridiculously oversized desert set to Mendelssohn's "Wedding March." It should be de rigueur at every grandiose wedding. And there's the overly repetitive and extremely long song that audiences count along to at every Beethoven's Wig concert, "It's the Same EveryVerse," sung to Grieg's famous "In the Hall of the Mountain King." You can also hear an opera singer come out of her shell and go wild in "Sing Verdi Very Loud," from Verdi's "Rigoletto." And saddle up and go nowhere to "Stuck in the Saddle Again," from Suppe's "Light Cavalry Overture."
 
As a bonus (one that's included in every Beethoven's Wig album), there are trivia questions about the pieces and the composers. And for kids, parents and teachers there are activities to supplement the songs. At the end of the vocal renditions, each piece is performed without the words by a world-class orchestra, just as it was originally written.
 
This album won Perlmutter his second Grammy Award nomination and also was named and American Library Association "Notable Recording."
 
It's a worthy follow up to Beethoven's Wig and another must for any family's music collection.
 
Singers: Richard Perlmutter, lead vocals; Elin Carlson, soprano, Susan Boyd, alto; Jonathan Mack, tenor;  Michael Geiger, bass. Plus various guest performers and soloists.
 
Orchestras: Budapest Symphony Orchestra, Compagnia D'Opera Italiana, Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra, Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra.  Plus various guest performers and soloists.
 
Most Popular Songs: Sing Verdi Very Loud, It's The Same Every Verse, Wow What A Wedding Cake, Stuck In The Saddle Again
 
Most Popular Pieces: In The Hall of The Mountain King, Grieg; Blue Danube Waltz, Strauss;  Spring from the Four Seasons, Vivaldi;  The Wedding March, Mendelssohn
 
Bonus Features: Liner booklet contains classical music trivia & activities for kids, parents and teachers
Our price: $18.98
Beethoven's Wig: Sing Along Piano Classics
SKU: 14119
 
On this, the fifth Beethoven’s Wig album, the Wig turns from symphonic to piano music, adding its spin to giants of the keyboard: Chopin, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Schumann, Debussy and Mussorgsky, as well as modern composers Stravinsky, Schoenberg and Henry Cowell.
 
Scott Joplin’s ragtime classic “The Entertainer” becomes the setting for a hilarious narrative about a piano that got stuck in the door. And “Poor Uncle Joe,” set to Chopin’s famous Funeral March, is an elegy for a car that has reached the end of the road.
In Mozart Makes Kids Smart, Perlmutter offers his take on the “Mozart Effect.” And “I Like Art” is a guided tour of some of the most famous paintings in history.
 
La De Da Sonata features incredible vocal gymnastics. And Perlmutter also includes the most egalitarian piano composition of all, “Chopsticks,” with lyrics about a pecking chicken in which Perlmutter clucks like a mad hen.
 
In addition, there’s a story about an annoying fly at bedtime in Brahms Lullaby, and a trip to the moon in Debussy’s Clair de Lune.
 
As on the previous two Beethoven’s Wig albums, Perlmutter’s son Sammy did the artwork. And Perlmutter’s brother Tom did the layout and graphics.
 
Produced at the legendary Village Recorders in Los Angeles, the album features piano performances by Grant Gershon, Associate Conductor of the LA Opera and Music Director of the Los Angeles Master Chorale. The piano pieces were recorded at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion at the Music Center in Los Angeles.
 
Beethoven’s Wig: Sing Along Piano Classics has been called, “the most innovative and clever of all the Beethoven’s Wig albums.” It is a wonderful addition to one of the most honored series of recordings in the history of family entertainment - with 50 awards, including 4 Grammy Award Nominations.
 
Singers: Richard Perlmutter, lead vocals; Elin Carlson, soprano; Jennifer Barnes, alto, Jonathan Mack, tenor; Michael Geiger, bass
 
Pianist: Grant Gershon
 
Most Popular Songs: A Piano Is Stuck In The Door, Mozart Makes Kids Smart, Poor Uncle Joe, La De Da Sonata, My Little Chicken
 
Most Popular Pieces: Sonata in C Major, Mozart; Alla Turca, Mozart; Clair de Lune, Debussy; Chopsticks, de Lulli; The Entertainer, Joplin; Lullaby, Brahms
Our price: $18.98
Beethoven's Wig: Sing Along Symphonies
SKU: 5917
 
This is the album that started it all. It features Richard Perlmutter's witty, irreverent and hilarious lyrics set to some of the world greatest masterpieces of classical music. 
 
On this album are some of Perlmutter's finest gems. There's "Beethoven's Wig" - a description the old master's giant hairpiece set to the immortal "5th Symphony." And "Tchaikovsky's Cannonball," the story of the "big bang" the composer made when he brought a cannon to a performance of his "1812 Overture." Also included is the song that audiences dance along to at every Beethoven's Wig concert, the famous "Can You Can Can?" set to the famous Can Can by Offenbach. Other favorites are "Just For Elise," in which Perlmutter rhymes everything with the name of one of Beethoven's many girlfriends, and "Please Don't Play Your Violin at Night," about Mozart's never ceasing desire to write and play music.
 
As a bonus (one that's included in every Beethoven's Wig album), there are trivia questions about the pieces and the composers. And for kids, parents and teachers there are activities to supplement the songs. At the end of the vocal renditions, each piece is performed without the words by a world-class orchestra, just as it was originally written.
 
"Brilliant, absolutely brilliant!" said Pulse Magazine. This album won Perlmutter his first Grammy Award Nomination and was designated an American Library Association "Notable Recording." Beethoven's Wig is a timeless classic. A must have for any music collection.
 
Singers: Richard Perlmutter, lead vocals; Elin Carlson, soprano, Susan Boyd, alto; Richard Wells, tenor; Jon Joyce, bass. Plus guest performers.
 
Orchestras: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, British Rias Orchestra. Plus guest performers and soloists.
 
Most Popular Songs: Beethoven's Wig, Just For Elise, Tchaikovsky's Cannonball, Can You Can Can, Drip Drip Drip
 
Most Popular Pieces: 5th Symphony, Beethoven; 1812 Overture, Tchaikovsky; Fur Elise, Beethoven; Can Can, Offenbach, Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, Mozart
 
Bonus Features: Liner booklet contains classical music trivia questions & activities for kids, parents and teachers
Our price: $18.98
My First Classical Music Book (Hardcover with CD)
SKU: 10407
 
A delightfully colorful introduction to classical music, aimed to fire the imagination of young children. 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. They are then introduced to a selection of famous composers including Mozart and Beethoven, and learn about each of the musical instrument families, from woodwind to percussion.
 
Throughout the book children are referred to the accompanying CD so that they can hear examples as they read. Music on the CD includes Magic Flute (Mozart), Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Williams), Carnival of the Animals (Saint-Saëns), The Planets (Holst), Petrushka (Stravinsky), and Peter and the Wolf (Prokofiev).
 
Features:
Hardcover book
60 beautiful full-color pages with amusing animal characters
28-track CD with music samples from history's greatest composers
9.8 x .05 x 9.8 inches
 
Age range: 5 and older
Written by Genevieve Helsby and Illustrated by Jason Chapman
Our price: $12.99
Simply Fantastic: An Introduction to Classical Music (Hardcover with CD)
SKU: 13336
 
The works of Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Verdi, and others are introduced to children through the magical beings from legends and classic tales—including gnomes, fairies, witches, goblins, elves, and wizards—that inspired the composers. An original and interesting way for younger listeners to discover classical music, this book pairs three centuries of music history with stunning and evocative illustrations. A glossary of musical terms, a short biography of each composer, and a brief presentation of each extraordinary character are included.
 
The accompanying CD features 20 excerpts from various recordings performed by world-class luminaries, including the London Philharmonic Orchestra, La Scala Chorus and Orchestra, and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields.

Written by Ana Gerhard
Illustrated by Claudia Legnazzi
 
Size: 8.2" x 8.0" x 0.5"
Pages: 68
Age: 7+
Our price: $18.95
My First Ballet Album

SKU: 10409

A bird dancing, an ox on a roof, flowers doing a waltz, a swan twirling about …what world is this? This is the magical world of ballet. The stage is full of people in colourful costumes, but nobody speaks. All the stories are told by music and dancing. Composers have written such exciting pieces for ballet: listen to this collection and see which ones you like best!

The "My First" album series is the ideal springboard for a lifelong journey through classical music. Each selection is carefully tailored for younger listeners and includes famous tracks as well as unexpected gems. The booklet is full of information on every piece of music. Unique and imaginative, these CDs will open a door to a wonderful world that children and parents can discover together.

Composers featured on My First Violin Album include:
Adolphe Adam, Aaron Copland, Leo Delibes, Alexander Glazunov, Aram Khachaturian, Darius Milhaud, Sergei Prokofiev, Franz Schubert, Dmitry Shostakovich, Igor Stravinsky, Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Total: 73:16

Our price: $14.95
My First Beethoven Album

SKU: 10410

Beethoven was a musical giant. He wasn’t taller or fatter than everyone else, but his music is big and his name is important. Beethoven is like the Olympic champion of classical music. Some of the music he wrote is strong and serious, and some of it is very gentle. Listen here to orchestras, pianos, violins, and other instruments playing some of the most famous pieces of all!

The "My First" album series is the ideal springboard for a lifelong journey through classical music. Each selection is carefully tailored for younger listeners and includes famous tracks as well as unexpected gems. The booklet is full of information on every piece of music. Unique and imaginative, these CDs will open a door to a wonderful world that children and parents can discover together.

Total: 78:36

Our price: $14.95
My First Classical Music Album

SKU: 10506

My First Classical Music Album is the keystone of the "My First" album series, encouraging kids to begin a lifelong journey through classical music. Each sampling of music is carefully tailored for younger listeners, and includes famous tracks as well as unexpected gems, including Vivaldi's Four Seasons, Mozart's The Magic Flute, and Rossini's William Tell. The CD comes complete with a booklet full of information on each piece of music.

Unique and imaginative, My First Classical Music Album will open a door to a wonderful world that children and parents can discover together.

Composers featured on My First Classical Music Album include:
John Adams, Johann Sebastian Bach, Bela Bartok, Ludwig Van Beethoven, Johannes Brahms, Frederic Chopin, Claude Debussy, Paul Dukas, Antonin Dvorak, Gabriel Faure, Edvard Grieg, Franz Joseph Haydn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Sergei Prokofiev, Gioachino Rossini, Camille Saint-Saens, Robert Schumann, Dmitry Shostakovich, Igor Stravinsky, Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Antonio Vivaldi, John Williams

Total: 73:46

Our price: $14.95
My First Lullaby Album

SKU: 10412

For centuries, babies and children all over the world have been rocked to sleep with a song to calm them. Whether parents sing or play, or press play, they know that music so often soothes with success. Composers have written lullabies for different reasons—sometimes as standalone songs or pieces and sometimes as part of a larger work. My First Lullaby Album is a variety of restful tracks to foster the sweet dreams of all!

The "My First" album series is the ideal springboard for a lifelong journey through classical music. Each selection is carefully tailored for younger listeners and includes famous tracks as well as unexpected gems. The booklet is full of information on every piece of music. Unique and imaginative, these CDs will open a door to a wonderful world that
children and parents can discover together.

Composers featured on My First Lullaby Album include:
Arnold Bax, Johannes Brahms, Joseph Canteloube, Frederic Chopin, Claude Debussy, John Dowland, Antonin Dvorak, Sir Edward Elgar, Gabriel Faure, Edvard Grieg, Felix Mendelssohn, Franz Schubert, Robert Schumann, Igor Stravinsky, Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Total: 70:54

Our price: $14.95
My First Mozart Album

SKU: 10408

If you listen carefully to this CD, you will get to know one of the best composers in the world. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart lived 250 years ago but he carries on being famous—so he must have been special. He giggled a lot. He was also good at playing the piano and the violin. And he wrote this amazing music, which people still love hearing today. See if you love hearing it too!

The "My First" album series is the ideal springboard for a lifelong journey through classical music. Each selection is carefully tailored for younger listeners and includes famous tracks as well as unexpected gems. The booklet is full of information on every piece of music. Unique and imaginative, these CDs will open a door to a wonderful world that children and parents can discover together.

Total: 78:37

Our price: $14.95
My First Tchaikovsky Album

SKU: 10413

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: a great Russian name for a great Russian composer! Tchaikovsky was not always a happy man. He didn’t laugh a lot, but he wrote music that is full of good melodies. He often felt sad, but sometimes this made him write music that was even more special. This CD is all about Tchaikovsky. Imagine the ballet dancers twirling around to his tunes: you can twirl around too, if you like!

The "My First" album series is the ideal springboard for a lifelong journey through classical music. Each selection is carefully tailored for younger listeners and includes famous tracks as well as unexpected gems. The booklet is full of information on every piece of music. Unique and imaginative, these CDs will open a door to a wonderful world that
children and parents can discover together.

Total: 73:51

Our price: $14.95
My First Violin Album

SKU: 10414

From folk music to film music, the violin is the star of instruments. Millions of children all over the world learn how to play it and the top performers make it sound beautiful. They can also do clever things on it, with their fingers whizzing up and down, and the bow moving so fast you can hardly see it. Take the music of Mr Paganini on track 1, he really knew how to show off. Here is the violin in the spotlight: listen to it sing!

The "My First" album series is the ideal springboard for a lifelong journey through classical music. Each selection is carefully tailored for younger listeners and includes famous tracks as well as unexpected gems. The booklet is full of information on every piece of music. Unique and imaginative, these CDs will open a door to a wonderful world that children and parents can discover together.

Composers featured on My First Violin Album include:
Johann Sebastian Bach, Antonio Bazzini, Ludwig Van Beethoven, Antonin Dvorak, Sir Edward Elgar, Enrique Granados, Jules Massenet, Felix Mendelssohn, Vittorio Monti, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Niccolo Paganini, Pablo de Sarasate, Dmitry Shostakovich, Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, John Williams

Total: 75:51

Our price: $14.95
Story of the Orchestra (Hardcover with CD)
SKU: 2313
 
Orchestra Bob Takes You on a Fun and Exciting Journey Through the World of Classical Music.

ALONG THE WAY YOU'LL LISTEN to the greatest works in classical music and HEAR each instrument of the orchestra and LEARN fun facts about the music, composers and musicians, including:

-Bach wasn't famous until 100 years after he died
-Some people think that years of playing the oboe can make you crazy
-Beethoven was totally deaf by the time he wrote the famous 9th Symphony
-The contrabassoon would be 16 feet tall if unwound
-Copland composed at night and on weekends and had a day job as an insurance agent

Illustrated in exquisite and colorful detail with over 100 original drawings and photographs, engaging text and delightful musical selections on the accompanying 70-minute CD lead children ages 8 to 12 (and parents, too!) on an exciting and educational tour through the instruments and music of the orchestra. The engaging text is broken into three sections: an introduction to each instrument of the orchestra from the cello to the timpani, the stories of famous composers from Bach to Stravinsky and an explanation of different musical styles from Baroque to Modern. Each step of the way, children can listen to actual musical examples of what they are learning about. Young readers will hear the sound of an actual violin as they study the instrument and enjoy the playful tune of a Mozart minuet as they read about the composer's precocious exploits as a child.

Age range: 8 - 12 (and older!)
Written by Robert T. Levine, Illustrated by Meredith Hamilton
Black Dog & Leventhal Pub—ISBN 1579121489 (hardback with CD), 96 pp.
Our price: $19.95
Baby Needs Bach (CD)
SKU: 2686
 
If you are looking for a way to enrich a child's early experience, you could not do better than the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. Even in a simple Prelude or Minuet -- such as this devoted family man wrote for his children -- Bach sets forth the beauty of logic and order on many levels. Rich in faith, hope and love for one's fellow man, Bach's beautiful melodies offer reassurance and comfort to young and old.

21 all-instrumental tracks include favorites such as:
Air on the G String
Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
Sheep May Safely Graze
Preludes from the Well-Tempered Clavier & Minuets from the Anna Magdalena Bach Notebook
Adagios from the 2-violin Concerto and Keyboard Concerto No. 5
Preludes and dances from keyboard, violin and cello suites

Artists include the MOscow Chamber Orchestra under conductor Constantine Orbelian; guitarist Paul Galbraith; the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet; pianist Carol Rosenberger; flutist Eugenia Zukerman with the Shanghai String Quartet; oboist Allan Vogel with harpsichordist Patricia Mabee and gambist Mark Chatfield; cellist Tatiana Zavarskaya; violinists Pavel Bereslavtsev and Alexei Strelnikov.

Total Playing Time: 68:04

Our price: $18.98
Baby Needs Beethoven (CD)
SKU: 2685
 
A vivid popular image of Beethoven is the master shaking his fist at the heavens, but in actual fact no one in the history of Western music has better expressed utter joy or deep repose. This program of gentle music by one of the greatest masters of all time is meant to enable young ears and spirits to experience those enduring qualities.

Fifteen all-instrumental tracks, including Fur Elise; 6 Bagatelles from Op. 119; Symphony No. 6 Pastorale - "Scene by the Brook" and "Shepherd's Song"; and music from the Septet for Strings and Winds, Op. 20, Quintet for Piano and Winds, Op. 16, Symphony No. 1, String Quartet, Op. 18 No. 3.

Artists include Carol Rosenberger, Gerard Schwarz, Allan Vogel, David Shifrin, Robin Graham, Ken Munday. Ensembles include Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, New York and Los Angeles Chamber Orchestras, Orford String Quartet.

Total Playing Time: 70:59

Our price: $18.98
Baby Needs Brahms (CD)
SKU: 2688
 
Everyone knows the Brahms lullaby -- the famous Cradle Song, or Wiegenlied. But many are unfamiliar with some of the other equally lovely melodies Brahms created in song form. On this album are some of the most gentle of these songs for various instrumental combinations -- soothing for babies and for their parents.

Artists include:
Moscow Chamber Orchestra, Constantine Orbelian, conductor
Carol Rosenberger, piano
Oleg Sergeev, flute
Illona Nokkilainen, harp
Pavel Bereslavtsev, violin
Tatiyana Zavarskaya, cello
Nikolai Mozgovenko, clarinet
Yevgeni Talisman, piano

20 all-instrumental tracks include:
Lullaby (Cradle Song)
We Strolled
How Delightful You Are
May Night
Like a Melody
Intermezzo, Op. 117, No. 1
On the Way to my Sweetheart
Serenade (Ständchen)
Sunday
Serenade (Serenate)
Solitude in the Meadow
If I Knew the Road back to Childhood
Secret
Intermezzo, Op. 118, No. 2
Love Song
Minuet from Cello Sonata No. 1
Maiden's Song
Andante from Violin Sonata No. 2
Song of the Larks
Lullaby (Cradle Song)

Total Playing Time: 58:52

Our price: $18.98
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