Our first pick was Wagner. The Story of the Orchestra gives a brief overview of the composer as well as interesting tidbits that a child might find interesting. For example, "Often Wagner would borrow money from people and be outraged that they expected a 'genius' like himself to pay it back." I can't recall what Andrew's thoughts were specifically about this music. (that is one of the reasons I want to blog this.) We try and listen to the CD FIRST- then look up on youtube. Here are two that we watched on Wagner's Ride of the Valkyries. The book suggests imagining the warrior woman with horns, stampeding. You can watch the second clip to see them for real. So you could imagine while listening (to the first clip) and talk about it. Then watch the second one and see how they are the same or different than your imagination!
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