Pictures At An Exhibition / Farewell Symphony
From Charlesbridge Publishing
by Anna Harwell Celenza and JoAnn E. Kitchel
The Farewell Symphony
Prince Nicholas isn't easy to work for - just ask composer Joseph Haydn. When the prince isn't demanding chamber music, operas, and ballets to entertain his guests, he wants dance music for balls and dinner music with his meals. Haydn and the other musicians are kept quite busy at the prince's summer estate in Hungary. As summer fades into autumn, the musicians grow increasingly homesick. When Haydn mentions the musicians' distress, the prince threatens to fire the entire orchestra! How will the talented composer convince the mighty prince that it's time to bid farewell to the summer palace? History and music will come alive. Also included is a CD with a full performance of the symphony played by the Orchestra of St. Luke's, conducted by Sir Charles Mackerras. (hardcover; 32 pp.; 10" x 10")
Pictures at an Exhibition
From the author and illustrator team of The Farewell Symphony comes a wonderful new gem, Pictures At An Exhibition.
When his friend Victor suddenly dies, composer Modest Mussorgsky is deeply saddened. But, with the help of his friends, and through his own music, Modest finds a way to keep Victor's spirit alive.
Anna Harwell Celenza's moving story explains the inspiration behind Mussorgsky's Pictures At An Exhibition. Using intricate borders featuring Russian folk design, JoAnn E. Kitchel's vivid and detailed art gives readers a taste of history while bringing these engaging characters to life. The book includes a CD recording of both the piano and orchestral versions of the work.