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Frank H. Wu
Fanfare, November 2009

In considering the value of this material, I thought at first glance that, given the ease of manipulating digital files, an adult who wished to impart her love of classical music to a child could assemble a play list from her own collection without violating copyright law. The problem, however, is that no matter how good the choices, the adult would have to provide narration about the lives and the times of several composers to match the content assembled here, and mix in the occasional sound effect such as a quill pen scratching across the manuscript page. The true value, then, of this title is its combination of music and background. It could be replicated or surpassed, but only by someone truly dedicated to the task. There also is a brief interview of John Williams that seems to be original to this project and which is sure to appeal to Star Wars fans. © 2009 Fanfare Read complete review





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