A History of Music for Children (Hardback)
  • A History of Music for Children (Hardback)

A History of Music for Children (Hardback)

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Published: 26/08/2021
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Following on from the success of the award-winning A History of Pictures for Children comes this introduction to the history of music that takes children on a musical journey around the world. Readers will meet along the way a diverse cast of composers, musicians and performers who all make music in different ways in a variety of different genres, from Bach to Billie Eilish, Mozart to Miriam Makeba.

Why do we make music? Which instruments make up a classical orchestra? How does music affect our brains and emotions? These are just some of the fascinating questions addressed in this book, which looks at music’s transnational and boundary-breaking qualities. All over the world and throughout time, music has been recorded and passed down through different oral traditions and forms of notation. It has always been a powerful catalyst for influencing change and connecting people. And what might the future of music hold? Exploring the technology we use to listen to and create music, the authors imagine new possibilities such as computer-generated compositions and robot musicians.

Includes an online playlist organized by chapter that children can listen to as they read.

Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
ISBN: 9780500652473
Number of pages: 96
Weight: 780 g
Dimensions: 279 x 216 mm


'So inspired and patiently crafted, with such a beautiful palette. When I read it, it was as if I was transported to my childhood - miraculous. These days, at the push of a button one can reference all these amazing artistes, which will open the door to worlds of music that seep deep into the soul, and our personal shambhala. This book really is a beautiful gift and a work of art' - Chaz Jankel

'An amazing history of music, really brought to life by the illustrations and diverse examples!' - Alexis Taylor, Hot Chip

'Hurrah! An eminently readable, resolutely unsoppy guide to the exciting, often cryptic world of music. Rose Blake’s characteristically witty and saucy illustrations throughout will delight her fans of all ages' - Nick Lowe

'A musical journey around the world ... tackles big questions' - @booksactually

'The magical story of music presented as one glorious, boundary-free jumble of creation where Mozart, DJ Kool Herc and 12th-century choral works feature on the same page. Enthralling, inspiring, boldly original and with the funniest and most charming illustrations' - Mark Ellen, music writer and broadcaster

'I've read a stack of other histories of music and couldn't recommend any of them to a child – they were always written from the perspective of one tribe, excluding others, or else they were sunk by heavy-handed agendas. Mary Richards and David Schweitzer have produced an inclusive survey which glows with unforced enthusiasm for the endless variety of music-making. Rose Blake's vibrant illustrations are a perfect match for the text – genial, generous-spirited, surprisingly ambitious, and fun' - Michel Faber

'A riot of colour & musical facts' - @shelfeditions

'[A] wide-ranging, accessible and rich resource for musical exploration - a feast for eyes, ears and mind!' - The School Librarian

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“An accessible overview”

From Hildegard of Bingen to the Foo Fighters, this gorgeously-illustrated book is a thorough, concise, and interesting look at music through time. It will engage even those children who, for instance, don’t play... More

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“A brightly illustrated accessible guide to the history of music”

This is a comprehensive and accessible guide to the history of music looking at countries, instruments and famous composers. It is written in an engaging way and focuses on many artists we all recognise such as Ella... More

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“A wonderful musical journey throughout history and around the world”

What an absolute feast of a book for any music lover!

This is such a diverse and concise bible to all things music.
We learn what defines music, about first instruments (for example did you know that some of the... More

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