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The internationally acclaimed artist and author has created a work that helps teach young people about the world's greatest composers and describes the history of music from primitive rhythms to the era of the classical masters
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Grade 5-8-- Another Ventura production in a large format similar to Great Painters (Putnam, 1984). This book combines text with full-color portraits of the composers and Ventura's characteristic scenic backdrops, appropriately peopled. The portraits have been created, to uneven effect, by Ventura's two sons. Each composer is discussed in one to three paragraphs, as are subjects such as "Troubadors and the New Art" or "French and Austrian Operetta." Roberto Pasini collaborated on the text; its occasional awkwardness may be either a side effect of the collaboration or of the translation. Among modern composers, Bartok is missing, and Benny Goodman is somewhat mysteriously included, along with Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, and the Beatles, in a nod to popular music. Although Great Composers is attractive and has value, more objective and orderly information can be found in David Ewen's Oxford Junior Companion to Music (Oxford, 1979) or in Neil Ardley's Music: An Illustrated Encyclopedia (Facts on File, 1986). --Ann Stell, The Smithtown Library, NY
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Book Description G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1989. Hardcover. Condition: BRAND NEW. Seller Inventory # 0399217460_abe_bn
Book Description Putnam Juvenile, 1989. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0399217460
Book Description G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1989. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0399217460
Book Description Condition: New. New. Seller Inventory # M-0399217460