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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.


Cincinnati, OH


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




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


Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky 1: About Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Some composers in Tchaikovsky's day didn't think his music sounded "Russian" enough, but Tchaikovsky was Russian through and through. Tchaikovsky wrote symphonies, operas, songs, chamber music -- and of course, several wonderful ballets.


Leonard Bernstein 4: American Composers with a Boston Connection

Leonard Bernstein grew up in the Boston area. Here are some more composers who spent time in and around that city.


Leonard Bernstein 3: Operettas in English

Leonard Bernstein's "Candide" is an operetta. An operetta is like an opera, with one big difference. In opera, everything is sung, but in operetta, there are spoken lines between the singing.


Leonard Bernstein 2: Bernstein and Musical Theater

When he was growing up, Leonard Bernstein loved to put on operas and other musical shows with his friends. That interest in musical theater continued all through his life, and produced such great Broadway musicals as "On The Town," "Wonderful Town," and "West Side Story."


Leonard Bernstein 1: About Leonard Bernstein

American-born Leonard Bernstein became famous all over the world as a composer, a conductor, and a pianist. In addition to writing classical music, composed classic Broadway musicals, including West Side Story.


Edvard Grieg 5: Halloween Music

Appropriately spooky classical music for Halloween.


Edvard Grieg 4: Incidental Music

Incidental music creates a mood, or illustrates the action for what is going on in a play, movie or television show.


Edvard Grieg 3: Other Scandinavian Composers

Music by composers from the three official Scandinavian countries -- Norway, Denmark and Sweden -- and a couple of unofficial ones -- Finland and Iceland!


Edvard Grieg 2: The Story of Peer Gynt

"In The Hall of the Mountain King" is part of the incidental music Edvard Grieg wrote for Henrik Ibsen's play Peer Gynt. Hear the story of the play as you listen to Grieg's music.


Edvard Grieg 1: About Edvard Grieg

Edvard Grieg was from a music-loving Norwegian family. In addition to becoming the leading Scandinavian composer of his day, Grieg became a big supporter of Norwegian arts and culture.


Spanish and Latin American Composers 4: Latin American Composers

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...


Spanish and Latin American Composers 3: Mexican Composers

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.


Spanish and Latin American Composers 2: The Spanish Sound

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.


Spanish and Latin American Composers 1: Classical Music In Spain

!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.


Zoltan Kodaly 4: The Kodaly Method

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.


Zoltan Kodaly 3: Classical Composers who Used Folk Music

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


Zoltan Kodaly 2: The Story of Hary Janos

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.


Zoltan Kodaly 1: About Zoltan Kodaly

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.


Franz Liszt 5: What is a Rhapsody?

"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.


Franz Liszt 4: Famous Pianist - Composers

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