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Meet the Instruments of the Orchestra!

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176 pages
Author: Genevieve Helsby with
Evelyn Glennie
ISBN: 978-1-84379-112-6
Publication date: March 2007

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Come and Meet the Instruments of the Orchestra! How can the orchestra make so many different sounds? It is quiet and gentle, loud and piercing, funny, powerful, beautiful, frightening – and many other things besides. Composers for hundreds of years have used the same instruments in a whole variety of ways.

Which instrument belongs in which section of the orchestra? Does a violin really have a belly? What exactly is an ondes martenot? And what do these instruments do when they venture outside the orchestra?

With your guiding star, Evelyn Glennie, you too can become an expert. You’ll even know your heckelphone from your sackbut and your tom-tom from your tam-tam – all by spending hours of fun with words, pictures and music, in the book and on the interactive CD-ROM.

“There is nothing so rich and dramatic as all the instruments coming together.”

Read our interview with Evelyn and discover what inspired her to become a percussionist, what instrument she would take to a desert island and the strangest place she has ever performed!



“This expressively colourful large format book is ideal for the curious—even slightly curious—youngster between the ages of say eight and fifteen. Vivid, unstuffy, practical, fun, accurate and reflective. Evelyn Glennie is one of the world’s greatest ambassadors for fine music of all types and an irresistible role model. This is a reliable and inspired, as well as critically engaging, introduction to the world of orchestral instruments. Every pages buzzes with detail and discovery. Triumphant.”
– Rob Barnett, MusicWeb International, March 2007

“ONCE in a while, a really special and innovative book is published leaving you wondering why no one has thought of it before. Music specialist Naxos Books have published a truly informative and unique new title that introduces the instruments of an orchestra to children in an accessible, entertaining and highly colourful way.”
The Standard, March 2007

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