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Opal Wheeler

These biographies cover the life history of many of the great composers. These books are not a dry list of dates and accomplishments but an entertaining narrative written especially for children. The books were written 1930s and 40s, so the style is a wholesome and quaint. Study guides and companion cds have also been produced to accompany the original books. Highly recommended.

Adventures of Richard Wagner

Adventures of Richard Wagner

by Opal Wheeler

At the age of four, Wilhelm Richard Wagner made his first impression on the theatrical world when he pounded on a bass drum and stopped the performance at the Dresden Playhouse-right in the midst of his stepfather's lines. This ill-fated incident put a temporary stop to Richard's nights backstage, and the punishment was almost more than exuberant little "Dicker" could bear. No more trunks to explore, no more wigs to try on, no more lights and music and dancing. He had so loved being a part of his adored stepfather's professional life. But there were golden and impressionable years ahead for young Richard. He came under the haunting spell of Weber's opera, Der Freischutz, and copied the entire score on his own music sheets to memorize. He avidly read Shakespeare's plays and vowed he would write even greater tragedies. He staged puppet shows, wrote poetry, and dreamed fantastic dreams. One of the most profound influences on Richard's youth was a Beethoven symphony, heard for the first time in Leipzig. The mighty music thundered in his mind as he walked from the concert hall, and it was characteristic of him that he determined, then and there, to become a great composer. Always headstrong and impatient with guidance from others, Richard struggled daily with the rules of harmony and counterpoint, while his instructors discouraged his dream. Throwing traditional methods aside, the future composer of Lohengrin and Tristan and Isolde went directly to the great masters' works and copied their music, note by note, until it became a part of him. More than anything else he wanted to write operas-his own stories set to music, sung and acted. As Opal Wheeler's light-hearted and lively biography reveals, Richard Wagner is an amazing example in music history-one of the few composers of stature who learned his art from the untutored study of the masterpieces of his day.

Published by: Zeezok

Format: Paperback

Price: £9.00

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Bach - Boy from Thurin

Bach - Boy from Thurin

by Opal Wheeler

All family members will enjoy this classic work for children. It is amazing how much history, biographical material, and music is included in this book! Sebastian Bach, The Boy from Thuringia is the first complete work on the life of Bach ever written for children. Every important incident is mentioned and every detail of the story is true. It is filled with vivid descriptions of Bach’s childhood: how he sat up many nights and copied music by the light of the moon, and how he walked two hundred miles to a choir school at Luneburg. Then his adult life: how he helped his wife Magdalena put the twenty children to bed every night; how he spread brown bread with honey for them to eat every afternoon; and how he taught them all to sing and play different musical instruments. The music reproduced here represents all of the different kinds of music that Bach ever wrote. A child can never really know music unless he knows Bach, for his contribution is the foundation and structural basis of all music. But it is more the human side of this book that will make it live, for in it the great master breathes. All who read it will know him not only as a musical genius, but also as an eager child, an affectionate father, and a lovable human being.

Published by: Zeezok

No. of pages: 126

Format: Hardback

Price: £9.00

Suggested Age: 5 to 12

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Bach - Boy from Thurin (study guide)

Bach - Boy from Thurin (study guide)

by Judy Wilcox

The Study Guide for Sebastian Bach, Boy from Thuringia is packed with timelines, maps, reading comprehension questions, character quality highlights, and extra tidbits of information about Bach’s life and his music.

Published by: Zeezok

No. of pages: 32

Format: Paperback

Price: £3.00

Suggested Age: 5 to 12

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Bach and Mozart - companion cd

Bach and Mozart - companion cd

by Zeezok

This enhanced CD provides audio files of all the music from Wheeler & Deucher`s classic books on Bach and Mozart in an MP3 file format, so that you can hear these composers’ works. In addition, all the music contained in the books can be printed as sheet music from this enhanced CD. Moreover, printable coloring pages for each chapter of Sebastian Bach, The Boy of Thuringia and Mozart, The Wonder Boy are provided. Geared for a variety of learners - auditory, kinesthetic, visual, and just plain "active” –it is an excellent supplement to your reading experience.

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Format: CD

Price: £5.00

Suggested Age: 5 to 12

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Beethoven & Haydn - companion cd

Beethoven & Haydn - companion cd

by Zeezok

The Companion CD to Beethoven and Haydn provides audio files in the MP3 file format for all of the music from Wheeler & Deucher's classic books on Beethoven and Haydn. This CD does not contain the complete works; only the music contained in the books is included. In addition, the CD allows all the music contained in the books to be printed as sheet music. Printable coloring pages are provided from Ludwig von Beethoven's Chiming Tower Bells and Joseph Haydn's The Merry Little Peasant. Geared for a variety of learners, auditory, kinesthetic, visual, and just plain "active," the Companion CD to Beethoven and Haydn is an excellent supplement to your reading experience.

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Format: CD

Price: £5.00

Suggested Age: 5 to 12

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Beethoven - The Chiming Tower Bells

Beethoven - The Chiming Tower Bells

by Opal Wheeler

Here is the story of Ludwig van Beethoven, greatest master of all, told with feeling and delicate skill for boys and girls. Perhaps he, too, will become a musician like all the Beethovens, thought his father. From then on, the four-year-old Ludwig was kept at the piano hour after hour until the long exercises were mastered. This is his story-an inspiring story of his achievements against all odds of his growing deafness. “Long live Beehoven!” shouted the audience. But the master could not hear them, and as a singer turned him gently to face the audience, the noble head bowed low as he saw from the flutter of handkerchiefs, the applause that rained upon him. Thus Opal Wheeler captures the superb quality of musical greatness of Beethoven and communicates it to boys and girls-a deeply stirring tribute to the greatest composer of all.

Published by: Zeezok

No. of pages: 166

Format: Paperback

Price: £9.00

Suggested Age: 5 to 12

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Beethoven - The Chiming Tower Bells (study guide)

Beethoven - The Chiming Tower Bells (study guide)

by Judy Wilcox

The Study Guide for Ludwig Beethoven & the Chiming Bells is packed with timelines, maps, reading comprehension questions, character quality highlights, and extra tidbits of information about Beethoven’s life and his music.

Published by: Zeezok

No. of pages: 32

Format: Paperback

Price: £3.50

Suggested Age: 5 to 12

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Brahms Schumbert Audio CD

Brahms Schumbert Audio CD

This enhanced CD provides audio files of all the music from Wheeler & Deucher's classic books on Brahms and Schubert in an audio format, so that you can hear a sample of the composers' works that are contained in these books. (DOES NOT INCLUDE COMPLETE WORKS ONLY THE MUSIC THAT IS IN THE BOOKS) In addition, all the music contained in the books can be printed as sheet music from this enhanced CD. Moreover, printable colouring pages for each chapter of The Young Brahms and Franz Schubert and His Merry Friends are provided. Geared for a variety of learners - auditory, kinesthetic, visual, and just plain "active" - it's an excellent supplement to your reading experience

Published by: Zeezok

Format: CD

Price: £5.00

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Chopin - Later Years

Chopin - Later Years

by Opal Wheeler

Chopin remembered Vienna as the city where he had made an instant success with his music, so when, after years at home in Warsaw, he returned to Vienna, he was heartsick to find only a cool welcome awaiting him. Vienna wanted to dance and sing and forget war…and Poland was on the brink of war. In Paris, however, Chopin found himself warmly welcomed; his concerts became the vogue; his days were crowded with both gaity and the work he loved. Years passed and the world hailed his greatest compositions. Then ill health began making inroads on his time and he went to Majorca, England, and Scotland, seeking relief. However, time was running out, and, at the peak of his career, the great composer and pianist died in Paris, the city he loved.

Published by: Zeezok

Format: Paperback

Price: £9.00

Suggested Age: 0 to 12

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Chopin - Son Of Poland Early Years

Chopin - Son Of Poland Early Years

by Opal Wheeler

Frederic Chopin, celebrated pianist and probably the greatest composer for the piano the world has ever known, was born in a little cottage in Poland on the estate of the Count Skarbek, whose children were tutored by Chopin's father, Nicolas. Chopin loved music from babyhood, and when the family moved to Warsaw a few years after his birth, he was placed under the tutelage of the best masters of music in Poland. His astounding performance, playing the solo part of a difficult concerto with the full Warsaw orchestra, when only nine years of age marked little Frederic as the genius he was. Through the early years to that momentous day in Vienna when his playing at the theatre of Count Gallenburg actually launched his career as a major figure in the world of music, Frederic Chopin’s childhood and boyhood are dramatically presented. Chopin, Son of Poland, Later Years completes the great man’s life story.

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Format: Paperback

Price: £9.00

Suggested Age: 5 to 12

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Chopin Early & Later Years - Companion Cd

Chopin Early & Later Years - Companion Cd

by Zeezok

A wonderful supplement to your reading experience. This enhanced CD includes:
• MP3 audio files of all the music • Coloring pages for each chapter • Printable sheet music of all the music
Please note: All music files are in an MP3 format. You will need to play this CD on either a computer or an MP3-compatible CD player. Also included are illustrations from each chapter in a pdf format. You can print as many of these as needed for your children to color as you read these wonderful books to them. (Program needed to print these is included. Windows PC-compatible.)

Published by: Zeezok

Format: CD

Price: £5.00

Suggested Age: 5 to 12

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Chopin Son of Poland (study guide)

Chopin Son of Poland (study guide)

by Judy Wilcox

Packed with timelines, maps, reading comprehension questions, character quality highlights, and extra tidbits of information about Chopin’s life. Use this Study Guide to accompany the children’s classic, Frederic Chopin, Son of Poland, Early and Later Years. Written for children in grades K–6, this Study Guide makes a perfect addition to any study of master composers.

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Format: Paperback

Price: £3.50

Suggested Age: 5 to 12

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Franz Schubert And His Merry Friends

Franz Schubert And His Merry Friends

by Opal Wheeler

This book is about the brilliant young Schubert, his merry friends, and their pranks and escapades, in most of which Franz is the hero. One of the most interesting stories in the book is the new light that is shed on the history of the Unfinished Symphony. It remained unfinished, not because of poverty, illness and discouragement, or because of the composer's early death. The real reason, according to the authors, was that Schubert's merry friends were starting for a picnic just when he was in the middle of it, and he went along. Before he left he stuffed the partly written score in his desk and it was never taken out again! There are many selections from the composer's magnificent music in this volume. We have the March Militaire, the Moment Musicale, the theme of The Erlking, a dance from the opera, Rosamunde, Rondos, Dances, the lovely, lovely waltzes, impromptu pieces, the Cradle Song (a favorite of almost every child) and several of the beautiful songs.

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Format: Paperback

Price: £9.00

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Handel & Schumann - Companion CD

Handel & Schumann - Companion CD

by Zeezok

The Companion CD to Handel & Schumann provides audio files in the MP3 file format for all of the music from Wheeler's classic books on Handel and Schumann. This CD does not contain the complete works; only the music contained in the book is included. In addition, the CD allows all the music contained in the books to be printed as sheet music. Also, printable coloring pages from each chapter of the books are provided. Geared for a variety of learners, auditory, kinesthetic, visual, and just plain "active," the Companion CD to Handel & Schumann is an excellent supplement to your reading experience.

Published by: Zeezok

Format: CD

Price: £5.00

Suggested Age: 5 to 12

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Handel - At the Court of Kings

Handel - At the Court of Kings

by Opal Wheeler

With clarity, and admirable simplicity keyed to the understanding of children, Opal Wheeler has traced the many-sided career of George Frederic Handel, whose restless nature vied always with his tremendous ability as a composer and director.
Handel’s strange boyhood, clouded by the fact that his father did not want him to become a musician, and the later years when, thanks to the patronage of the Duke of Saxe-Weissenfels, his music was played before the greatest music lovers of Europe makes for fascinating reading. The selections of Handel’s music included are those best understood and most apt to be mastered by young musicians.
One evening, back in 1691, conservative Doctor Handel was shocked and dismayed to find his small son carrying the torch at the head of a band of singers wandering through the little town of Halle. The good doctor never quite understood the all-consuming love of music which drove his son from childhood on and on to the great heights he eventually attained as the beloved Father of the Oratorio, the composer of the magnificent MESSIAH.
Opal Wheeler has given us here the most finished, most completely satisfying book on her list of fine music biographies. Handel at the Court of Kings should be a favorite of all children who love music, whether they are young musicians themselves or not.

Published by: Zeezok

No. of pages: 166

Format: Paperback

Price: £9.00

Suggested Age: 5 to 12

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Handel at the Court Of Kings (study guide)

Handel at the Court Of Kings (study guide)

by Judy Wilcox

The Handel at the Court of Kings Study Guide is packed with timelines, maps, character highlights and extra tidbits of information about the life of George Frederic Handel. Use this Study Guide to accompany the children’s classic, Handel at the Court of Kings. This guide is written for children in grades K–6. With the information presented and its reading comprehension questions, it makes a perfect addition to any study of master composers.

Published by: Zeezok

No. of pages: 32

Format: Paperback

Price: £3.50

Suggested Age: 5 to 12

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Haydn - Merry Little Peasant

Haydn - Merry Little Peasant

by Opal Wheeler

Joseph Haydn , The Merry Little Peasant, is a simple, inspiring children’s biography of the great musician Franz Joseph Haydn which will win its way into the hearts of all music-loving children. As a child, Franz Joseph Haydn was called \"Little Sepperl.\" He used to sit on a stool near his father with two smooth pieces of wood held firmly in his hands, playing his own make-believe violin. His parents watched as the boy drew one piece of wood slowly across the other. He played very seriously and kept perfect time!
One day he went to live with his cousin in a town near Vienna. He learned to read music and sing. Once when the drummer was too sick to march in a procession, little Franz Joseph was asked to take his place. He practiced all day on a barrel with a cloth tied over the top until he could play the part without a single mistake. Such were the musical beginnings of the boy who would play before kings and who penned some of the most beautiful music ever written.

Published by: Zeezok

No. of pages: 118

Format: Paperback

Price: £9.00

Suggested Age: 5 to 12

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Haydn - The Merry Little Peasant (study guide)

Haydn - The Merry Little Peasant (study guide)

by Judy Wilcox

Use this Study Guide to accompany the children’s classic, Joseph Haydn, The Merry Little Peasant. This guide is packed with timelines, maps, character highlights and extra tidbits of information about the life of Franz Joseph Haydn. It is written for children in grades K–6. With the information presented and its reading comprehension questions, it makes a perfect addition to any study of master composers.

Published by: Zeezok

No. of pages: 32

Format: Paperback

Price: £3.50

Suggested Age: 5 to 12

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Mozart - The Wonder Boy

Mozart - The Wonder Boy

by Opal Wheeler

All family members, whatever their age, will enjoy this classic children’s work on Mozart. It is amazing how much history, biographical material, and music is included in this book! Mozart, The Wonder Boy presents the musical genius of this child prodigy, the loving family in which he was reared, and the impact he had on the world around him and to generations beyond.

Published by: Zeezok

No. of pages: 127

Format: Paperback

Price: £9.00

Suggested Age: 5 to 12

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Mozart - The Wonder Boy (study guide)

Mozart - The Wonder Boy (study guide)

by Judy Wilcox

The Study Guide for Mozart the Wonder Boy is packed with timelines, maps, reading comprehension questions, character quality highlights, and extra tidbits of information about Mozart’s life, particularly his remarkable childhood.

Published by: Zeezok

No. of pages: 31

Format: Paperback

Price: £3.50

Suggested Age: 5 to 12

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Paganini - Master of Strings

Paganini - Master of Strings

by Opal Wheeler

Pagainini: Master of Strings is a delightful, detailed biography written for children; this story of the brilliant Paganini is the perfect introduction to the composer's life. This living book will give children a vivid picture of his impoverished childhood spent among the wharves in Genoa, his introduction to the world of music and rise to prominence, and finally to his time spent in the finest courts in Europe. Two melodies from his first Concerto are also included. Vintage pen-and-ink illustrations bring charm and whimsy to the text

Published by: Zeezok

No. of pages: 159

Format: Paperback

Price: £9.00

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Paganini and Wagner Audio CD

Paganini and Wagner Audio CD

Companion audio CD

Published by: Zeezok

Format: CD

Price: £8.50

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Schumann and Mascot Ziff

Schumann and Mascot Ziff

by Opal Wheeler

Robert Schumann lived happily and pleasantly from the time he was a little boy, playing with his beloved cat, Ziff, in his home village in Saxony, until he became the famous composer, friend of Mendelssohn, Chopin, and Liszt. Unlike many of his contemporaries, he had few major problems to overcome. His work, his family life, all brought him the reward of renown and joy. Even the stiff finger which virtually ended his career as a musician was the means of emphasizing his genius as a composer.
Opal Wheeler has written a most engaging story for children of this great man’s life, and the carefully chosen selections from his compositions which have been added make this a distinguished acquisition to any young reader’s library.

Published by: Zeezok

No. of pages: 167

Format: Paperback

Price: £8.50

Suggested Age: 5 to 12

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Schumann and Mascot Ziff (study guide)

Schumann and Mascot Ziff (study guide)

by Judy Wilcox

The Robert Schumann & Mascot Ziff Study Guide is packed with timelines, maps, character highlights and extra tidbits of information about the life of Robert Schumann. Use this Study Guide to accompany the children’s classic, Robert Schumann & Mascot Ziff. This guide is written for children in grades K–6. With the information presented and its reading comprehension questions, it makes a perfect addition to any study of master composers.

Published by: Zeezok

No. of pages: 31

Format: Paperback

Price: £3.50

Suggested Age: 5 to 12

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Young Brahms

Young Brahms

by Opal Wheeler

Johannes Brahms, the frail little son of poor parents, spent the first years of his life in a wretched tenement in the old harbor city of Hamburg. It is here that the present story opens. His father, an irresponsible musician, kept the child up, playing the piano at low taverns, until all hours of the night for whatever small payment he could get. However, little Johannes' love for fine music and for composing finally led to lessons and then to a speedy success. Composing, teaching, playing on whatever piano was found available, these filled the boy's day. The present book closes when, at fifteen he dedicates a beautiful piece to Lieschen, the lovely daughter of Adolph Giesemann in whose home he has spent the summer. Several of Brahms' best known compositions are included.

Published by: Zeezok

Format: Paperback

Price: £9.00

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