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Classics For Kids

Author: Cincinnati Public Radio

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Introduce children to classical music in a fun and entertaining way.
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Johann Strauss, Sr. had three musical sons: Johann, Jr.; Josef; and Eduard. Sometimes they worked together as musicians, but other times, there was bitter rivalry.
Johann Strauss, Jr. was the son of a very successful violinist and orchestra leader. Eventually, Johann, Jr. was in competition with his father, conducting an orchestra of his own. When the older Strauss died, people began to realize that the son was an even better musician and composer.
For years, the Hoe-Down from Aaron Copland's ballet Rodeo has been used in a commercial for the Beef Council. A lot of classical music turns up in T.V. commercials. It has been used to sell airlines, cars, cereal and even fertilizer.
Aaron Copland 4: Rodeo

Aaron Copland 4: Rodeo

2019-08-2400:06:00

Copland and apos;s ballet Rodeo tells the story of a cowgirl who is in love with a cowboy, but just can and apos;t get him to notice her. Once she finally does, she decides that she and apos;d rather spend time with another cowboy who was nice to her all along.
Agnes de Mille loved to dance. She became hooked on ballet as a child, after seeing the famous ballerina Anna Pavlova perform. Agnes de Mille performed all over America and Europe, but she didn't hit it big until Rodeo -- the ballet that launched her career.
Copland and apos;s first cowboy ballet was Billy the Kid, about the notorious outlaw who lived in the American Southwest in the late 1800 and apos;s. Then, choreographer (a choreographer is a person who invents dance moves) Agnes de Mille convinced Copland to write a second cowboy ballet -- Rodeo.
Aaron Copland was a 20th century American composer from Brooklyn, New York. Copland is known for writing very American music, but he actually studied in France. His teacher, Nadia Boulanger, helped Copland find his way to an American sound in classical music.
Charles Ives loved to put hymns into his music. Several other composers borrowed hymn tunes; here are several examples from 20th Century American compositions.
The Country Band March has 12 recognizable popular and folk tunes in it. But Ives was not the only composer to put borrowed tunes in his music. Many classical composers -- including Ludwig van Beethoven, Mily Balakirev, and Percy Grainger -- used folk music in the pieces they wrote.
Charles Ives wrote the Country Band March about amateur musicians -- people who make music for the love of it. In the Country Band March Ives combines a tune that he wrote with bits and pieces of many other popular and folk tunes. See how many of them you can recognize.
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Comments (2)

Mariejose Monsalve

Can you do a pidcast on Paganini?

Jul 28th
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Primo Russell

Mariejose Monsalve haha, that's a good idea!

Jul 29th
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