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Introduce children to classical music in a fun and entertaining way.

Introduce children to classical music in a fun and entertaining way.

Location:

Cincinnati, OH

Description:

Introduce children to classical music in a fun and entertaining way.

Language:

English

Contact:

Classics for Kids 1223 Central Parkway Cincinnati OH 45214 (513) 241-8282


Episodes

John Philip Sousa 3: American Military Bands

6/19/2021
The United States Marine Band is this country's oldest military band. Each branch of the U.S. Armed Forces has its own band, and song. Captain Don Schofield, associate conductor of the United States Air Force Band of Flight, talks with Naomi Lewin about all the U.S. military bands.

Duration:00:05:59

John Philip Sousa 2: About "Stars and Stripes"

6/12/2021
John Philip Sousa's The Stars and Stripes Forever is the official march of the United States of America. Sousa composed his most famous march in his head when he was on a ship coming back from a trip to Europe with his band. When the ship docked, he put the march down on paper and named it after the American flag he was so glad to see when he got home.

Duration:00:06:00

John Philip Sousa 1: About John Philip Sousa

6/5/2021
John Philip Sousa -- the most American of composers -- was the son of immigrants to the United States. Because of his love for bands and band music, John Philip Sousa wrote many wonderful marches. As a result, he is known as the "March King."

Duration:00:06:00

Felix Mendelssohn 5: Women Composers

5/29/2021
Fanny Mendelssohn, Felix Mendelssohn's older sister, was a talented pianist and composer. So was Clara Schumann, wife of composer Robert Schumann. Also featured: music of Elizabeth-Claude Jacquet de la Guerre, Cecile Chaminade, Germaine Tailleferre, Hildegard von Bingen, Amy Beach, and Thea Musgrave.

Duration:00:05:59

Felix Mendelssohn 4: Child Prodigy Composers

5/22/2021
A child prodigy, Felix Mendelssohn began composing when he was 10. This week on Classics for Kids hear about other composers who started just as early -- or even earlier.

Duration:00:05:59

Felix Mendelssohn 3: Music Based on Shakespeare

5/15/2021
Probably no playwright has had more music based on his work than William Shakespeare. Felix Mendelssohn, Henry Purcell, Hector Berlioz, Giuseppe Verdi are just a few of the composers who've been inspired by Shakespeare's plays.

Duration:00:05:59

Felix Mendelssohn 2: A Midsummer Night's Dream

5/8/2021
When Felix and Fanny Mendelssohn put on Shakespeare's comedy A Midsummer Night's Dream to entertain their family, the two of them played all the characters! Mendelssohn's music for A Midsummer Night's Dream illustrates many of the characters and situations in the play.

Duration:00:05:58

Felix Mendelssohn 1: About Felix Mendelssohn

5/1/2021
By the time he was a teenager, Felix Mendelssohn was already an excellent pianist and composer. And Mendelssohn was very talented in other areas. In addition to German (his native language), Mendelssohn spoke French, English, and Italian. He was also a very good painter. And he became quite famous as a conductor.

Duration:00:05:59

Antonin Dvorak 4: Other Musical Nationalism

3/27/2021
Antonin Dvorak and his fellow Czech composers were among the first music nationalists. Here's a look at many others, including composers from America.

Duration:00:05:59

Antonin Dvorak 3: Music Nationalism circa 1848

3/20/2021
All across Europe in the 19th century, there was a wave of nationalism as people fought for political independence. Composers started wanting musical independence, too. When they started putting folk tunes and dance rhythms from their native countries into their music, and wrote about local legends, history, and landscapes, musical nationalism was born.

Duration:00:05:59

Antonin Dvorak 2: Composers Who Visited America

3/13/2021
In 1892, to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus's trip to the New World, a wealthy New Yorker invited Antonin Dvorak to visit America. Tchaikovsky, Albeniz, and Delius were among the other European composers who visited this country before the days of air travel.

Duration:00:05:59

Antonin Dvorak 1: About Antonin Dvorak

3/6/2021
At the time when Czech composer Antonin Dvorak was born, the Czech people had no country of their own. The regions where they lived -- Bohemia and Moravia -- were part of the Austrian Empire. Dvorak wrote a lot of Czech-sounding compositions, but hardly ever used any actual folk melodies in his music.

Duration:00:05:59

Johannes Brahms 4: Classical Music Featuring Dances from European Countries

2/27/2021
Many composers used European dance forms in their work. Dvorak, Haydn, Chopin and Beethoven are just a few of the composers featured here.

Duration:00:05:59

Johannes Brahms 3: Hungarian Dancing

2/20/2021
The Hungarian Dances by Johannes Brahms were never really intended for dancing. But that doesn't mean that people in Hungary don't dance! Richard Graber, the director of a Hungarian dance company in Cleveland, talks with Naomi Lewin about Hungarian dancing.

Duration:00:05:59

Johannes Brahms 2: The Brahms Hungarian Dances

2/13/2021
When he was a young pianist, Johannes Brahms accompanied a Hungarian violinist, and fell in love with Hungarian music. His own Hungarian-flavored dances were written to entertain his friends at parties. Those friends convinced Brahms to publish his dances. When the first set was a hit, Brahms wrote and published another set.

Duration:00:05:59

Johannes Brahms 1: About Johannes Brahms

2/6/2021
Brahms, Bach, and Beethoven are known as the "Three B's" of classical music. Brahms always knew that he wanted to be a composer -- by the time he was six, he had thought up his own system for writing music down on a page.

Duration:00:05:59

Franz Schubert 5: Marches Not Written for Bands and Parades

1/30/2021
Even though Schubert's Marche Militaire has the word "march" in the title, it was never actually meant for anyone to march to. Several other composers wrote march music without bands or parades in mind.

Duration:00:05:59

Franz Schubert 4: Music for Piano Four Hands

1/23/2021
Franz Schubert wrote his Marche Militaire for piano four hands -- two people playing the same instrument. Here are some more pieces for piano four hands.

Duration:00:05:59

Franz Schubert 3: Take Me to Your Lieder

1/16/2021
Songs in classical music are usually called "art songs." In German, art songs are called Lieder. Franz Schubert was a master of writing Lieder. Each of his songs combines poetry and music, voice and accompaniment, to make a complete musical short story.

Duration:00:05:59

Franz Schubert 2: About Franz Schubert

1/9/2021
Franz Schubert's father expected his son to be a teacher in the school that he ran. But Schubert didn't last long at that job -- he was much more interested in writing music than paying attention to a classroom full of kids.

Duration:00:05:59