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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

Spanish and Latin American Composers 4: More Latin American Composers

9/25/2021
After Christopher Columbus made his first trip across the Atlantic Ocean, Spain and other European countries began to colonize the Americas. Spanish music had a big influence on Latin American music - and so did the music of the enslaved people who were brought over from Africa. Hear how composers and players in Cuba, Venezuela, Argentina, Paraguay and other parts of Latin America married European forms with Indigenous sounds, creating folk music traditions that have become classics in their...

Duration:00:05:58

Spanish and Latin American Composers 3: Mexican Composers

9/18/2021
In the 16th century, "conquistadores" - soldiers from Spain - sailed to Mexico, and took over the country from the Indigenous people who lived there. The Spanish brought their language, their religion, and their music to the place they called "Nueva Espana," or New Spain. Mexico became independent from Spain in the 19th century, but the music stayed, combined with African and Indigenous forms, and took on a life of its own.

Duration:00:05:58

Spanish and Latin American Composers 2: The Spanish Sound

9/11/2021
When composers use their country's folk songs, dances, and rhythms to paint musical pictures of local places and legends, it's called musical nationalism. Hear how composers like Isaac Albeniz, Enrique Granados, Manuel de Falla and others defined the Spanish sound with spirit, fire, and romance.

Duration:00:05:58

Spanish and Latin American Composers 1: Classical Music In Spain

9/4/2021
!Bienvenidos! Listen and explore the music of some of Spain's most influential composers and players, from King Alfonso X (a.k.a. "Alfonso El Sabio"/Alfonso the Wise) to Francisco Tarrega, known as "the father of classical guitar." You'll also learn how the guitarra came to Spain in the first place.

Duration:00:05:58

Zoltan Kodaly 4: The Kodaly Method

8/28/2021
Zoltan Kodaly developed a method for teaching music. It is still used by teachers around the world today. Jill Trinka, who teaches the Kodaly Method, talks with Naomi Lewin.

Duration:00:06:01

Zoltan Kodaly 3: Classical Composers who Used Folk Music

8/21/2021
Zoltan Kodaly was not the only composer to use folk tunes in the music he wrote. Here are some others.

Duration:00:05:59

Zoltan Kodaly 2: The Story of Hary Janos

8/14/2021
Kodaly's opera Hary Janos is about a real person who told real whoppers - big, fat lies. If you listened to him, you'd think he defeated Napoleon's army all by himself.

Duration:00:05:59

Zoltan Kodaly 1: About Zoltan Kodaly

8/7/2021
Zoltan Kodaly was born in a small town in Hungary. His father worked for the Hungarian railroad, so the family moved around a lot. This meant that as a kid, Zoltan heard folk music from many different parts of the country. When he grew up, Hungarian folk music became his passion. Kodaly spent a large part of his life collecting his native music, and teaching his countrymen about it.

Duration:00:05:59

Franz Liszt 5: What is a Rhapsody?

7/31/2021
"Rhapsody" is an ancient word that means "songs stitched together". The Greeks used to write long poems in praise of their heroes, and then take bits and pieces of those poems and string them together for performance. In music, a rhapsody is a free-form piece that takes different tunes and strings them together.

Duration:00:05:57

Franz Liszt 4: Famous Pianist - Composers

7/24/2021
In his day Franz Liszt was most famous as a pianist. So, were Mozart, Beethoven and a lot of other composers.

Duration:00:05:58

Franz Liszt 3: Romani, or Gypsy Music

7/17/2021
Franz Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsodies were greatly influenced by gypsy, or Romani music. Brahms, Telemann and Verdi are among the many composers were attracted to this distinctive music.

Duration:00:05:58

Franz Liszt 2: Classical Music Superstars

7/10/2021
Inspired by violinist Niccolo Paganini, Franz Liszt became a piano superstar. Many classical music superstars followed, including Jan Paderewski, Jenny Lind, Van Cliburn, Enrico Caruso, Yo-Yo Ma and Lang Lang.

Duration:00:05:58

Franz Liszt 1: About Franz Liszt

7/3/2021
Franz Liszt was a pianist, composer, conductor and teacher who came up with musical innovations in all those fields. He was the first of the virtuoso performers and invented the solo recital. As one of the greatest pianists the world has ever known, Liszt was a 19th century superstar.

Duration:00:05:58

John Philip Sousa 4: The Golden Age of American Bands

6/26/2021
From the late 1800's to the early 1900's, professional bands toured all over the United States, and many towns in this country had their own amateur bands.

Duration:00:05:59

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