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Introduce children to classical music in a fun and entertaining way.

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    • 4.8, 17 Ratings

Introduce children to classical music in a fun and entertaining way.

    Ludwig van Beethoven 2: Beethoven the Pianist

    Ludwig van Beethoven 2: Beethoven the Pianist

    Beethoven was a pianist. During his lifetime, the piano changed quite a bit, and those changes were reflected in the music Beethoven composed for the intstrument. William Black, head of the piano department at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, talks with Naomi Lewin about how Beethoven's music followed the development of the piano.

    • 6 min
    Ludwig van Beethoven 1: About Ludwig van Beethoven

    Ludwig van Beethoven 1: About Ludwig van Beethoven

    Ludwig van Beethoven was a uniquely talented composer and musician. But by the time Beethoven was 30, his increasing deafness put an end to his career as a pianist. That did not stop him from continuing to compose some of the most beautiful music the world has ever known.

    • 6 min
    George Gershwin 4: Jazz in Classical Music

    George Gershwin 4: Jazz in Classical Music

    George Gershwin was just one composer who used jazz in music that was written for the classical concert hall. So did Leonard Bernstein, Igor Stravinsky, Dmitri Shostakovich, and others.

    • 6 min
    George Gershwin 3: Rhapsody in Blue

    George Gershwin 3: Rhapsody in Blue

    George Gershwin wrote his Rhapsody in Blue in a big hurry, after he saw a newspaper announcement saying that he was writing a jazz concerto for a concert taking place in less than a month! Everyone loved the piece at its first performance, and at age 25, Gershwin became a musical celebrity.

    • 6 min
    George Gershwin 2: What is a Rhapsody?

    George Gershwin 2: What is a Rhapsody?

    "Rhapsody" is an ancient word that means "songs stitched together". The Greeks used to write long poems in praise of their heroes, and then take bits and pieces of those poems and string them together for performance. In music, a rhapsody is a free-form piece that takes different tunes and strings them together.

    • 6 min
    George Gershwin 1: About George Gershwin

    George Gershwin 1: About George Gershwin

    George Gershwin was an American composer who combined classical music and jazz to create his own unique style. Gershwin wrote music for Broadway shows, movies, the concert hall, and opera. One of the people he liked to work with was his brother Ira, who wrote wonderful lyrics (words) for George Gershwin's songs.

    • 6 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

seeyoulatereraligator ,

What a discovery!

I would also love to find topics regarding e.g. Carmen, the Flying Dutchman ...

KcYxA ,

Great idea!

I'm not a kid, but I found these short 6-minute podcasts perfect for getting acquainted with composers, music genres, and a bit of history without getting into too much detail and time commitment. You know you will never read a full biography of Brahms! This will give you an idea and a sense of the music to go along with it. The host and creator keeps it light and entertaining.

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