Hallelujah Handel! CD
In a darkened room behind London's famous Opera House there is a young, orphaned boy (Thomas) who sings like an angel but refuses to speak. Young Katarina (introduced in Vivaldi's Ring of Mystery) has left France with her grandfather, the Duke. In London, she meets the great composer Handel at a party, where they are captivated by Thomas who "sings like an angel." Katarina and the composer are enthralled by his talented voice. Handel's generosity and kindness toward this boy and the sharing of his past help earn Thomas's trust and heal his spirit - inspiring him to use his beautiful voice in song and speech. More than 30 excerpts of Handel's music are featured, including Julius Caesar, Rinaldo, The Messiah, Water Music, Fireworks, the Harp Concerto and several flute sonatas.
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.