Monday, September 20, 2010
Beethoven for Little Ears
His earliest exposure to classical music was the Tiny Love mobile which hung above his crib, and a CD his Dad made him with the full length versions of the same Bach, Beethoven, and Mozart pieces, in theory to fall asleep to (Ha, as if he would ever succumb to our many schemes to lull him to sleep).
Because the Bibliophile generally enjoys classical music, I've been intrigued with the idea of studying it more with him, but not really sure how at such a young age. I was thrilled to come across this book recently -- I knew it would be an instant hit in our house.
This is hilarious! And clever. And a whole lot of fun. The book is read/sung to the tune of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, and it comes with an accompanying CD (which contains the "real" version of the symphony, the version with the funny lyrics, and likewise two versions of Minuet in D and Moonlight Sonata). The opening page sets the scene: "Beethoven's wig is very big." (Did you sing it to the tune of Beethoven's Fifth?). All sorts of amusing goofiness ensues. For example: "It's way too big. His mother called. She said he would look better bald."
The Bibliophile has been walking around the house all day singing the opening line ("Beethoven's wig is very big."). We also played around with the idea of setting our own words to the tune, which he was greatly amused by. His first attempt was (during lunch): “Mama is eating. She’s drinking her water” - funnier if you can hear it! He has been singing/narrating like this all day.
We listened to bits of Beethoven's 5th, Moonlight Sonata, Minuet in G, and Fur Elise together, and we talked about where Beethoven was born (Germany) and lived (Austria). That’s probably about all we’ll do in terms on “studying” Beethoven. Unless anyone has other ideas to offer.
I am linking this to the fantastic new weekly link-up for artist (including musician) based unit studies at Adventures of Bear.
Comment: Have you read this or any other books in the Sing Along Symphonies series? Are you musically inclined yourself, or do you leave that to the professionals (or, in my case, husband)?
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