Song of the Unicorn CD
A Merlin tale featuring academy award-winning actor Jeremy Irons. This is the medieval tale of a young queen who falls mysteriously ill. Her children are sent deep into the forest in search of the only cure: the legendary unicorn. The great magician Merlin helps them on their quest. With riddles and the unicorn's song, the children travel to the magical isle of Avalon. There, they must decide what can truly cure their mother... The music contains more than two dozen excerpts of pre-Baroque music, including traditional English songs like Greensleeves and Early One Morning, Gregorian Chant, Celtic songs, wild Medieval dance music, plus a journey into the future of music with Bach, Mozart, Beethoven and beyond. The CD is enhanced, meaning you can also "play" it on your computer and discover the world of Medieval Times through music, art, games, riddles, activities and links to the internet.
Each audio is a unique combination of music, history and dramatic story-telling, designed to both introduce children to the composers and their music. Each story includes at least one child interacting with the composer, helping the younger set to identify with a character and get a better feel for the historical time period. Trials and triumphs of the great composers are experienced. Stories are based on historical fact. Unlike the Music Masters series, which uses a narrator between musical excerpts to tell you about the composer's life, these tapes use actors and dramatization to bring the story alive. Each composer's music is featured throughout the tape, giving children a taste of their best-loved pieces. All have won Parents' choice awards and other musical awards.
Teacher Notes include additional background information, discussion topics, activity ideas and suggestions for exploring the music.