The Story of the Incredible Orchestra by Bruce Koscielniak
An Introduction to Musical Instruments and the Symphony Orchestra

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Have you ever seen an orchestra perform? What are all those different instruments and how do they all play just the right note at just the right time? In this fact-filled and entertaining picture book, Bruce Koscielniak gives us a lively look at the history of the orchestra and all the instruments that make up this wonderful gathering of sound. From the "tooter, strings and beaters" of the 1600s to the keyboard synthesizers of today, this playful exploration follows the developments and trends of music and instruments over the past four hundred years.
 

About Bruce Koscielniak

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Bruce Koscielniak is the author and illustrator of several books for children; he is also a musician who has played the violin and jazz guitar for many years. He lives in the Berkshires region of Massachusetts.
 
Published April 1, 2000 by Diane Pub Co. 32 pages
Genres: Arts & Photography, Children's Books.

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""The reader is invited to make a fanciful visit with Shakespeare at his Stratford house and garden and to savor the rich texture of his words,"" writes Koscielniak (Geoffrey Groundhog Predicts the Weather) at the start of this breezy if slightly fragmented roundup of brief quotations from the Bard.

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He also clues in readers as to how various instruments have changed over the centuries, examining such intriguing instruments as the sackbut (early trombone) and shawm (a forerunner of the oboe), as well as more familiar ones (""Kettledrums: Putting the Bomp Bomp Bah Bomp in the Orchestra"").

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"Informed and lively, this fact-filled excursion through music history is just the ticket for budding musicians and music-lovers at large," said PW in a starred review.

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