The I Want to Be... series gives young children a realistic insight into the working day of adults. Easy-to-read captions and colour photographs of women and men from different cultures help children understand what's involved in each occupation. Young readers learn to respect the importance of doing a job well and appreciate the contributions these workers make to our life and the world around us. These books are perfect for reading alone or in group story times. They are certain to spark questions and encourage dialogue and prompt children to learn more about these occupations. I WANT TO BE A MUSICIAN is a behind-the-scenes look at the professional musicians who compose and perform the live and recorded music we hear everyday. AGES: 4-7 AUTHOR: Dan Liebman is a magazine writer and the author of many children's books. He is a specialist in plain language for both young and adult readers. ILLUSTRATIONS: Colour photographs
St Martin of Tours was a protector saint of numerous French kings. His was one of the most successful saintly cults in medieval Europe, and the city of Tours functioned as a religious metropolis, drawing pilgrims from all over the continent. Until now, little has been known about how St Martin came to inspire such a lively folkloric tradition, numerous works of art, and the establishment of thousands of churches and numerous confraternities. In this book, Yossi Maurey addresses these questions by focusing on the church dedicated to the saint in Tours, which acted as the crucible for Martin's cult. Maurey explores the music and liturgy of the cult - the most effective means of its dissemination - to reveal its enormous diffusion and impact. Building a more concrete picture of how saints' cults operated and shaped medieval realities, this book also provides new insights into the interactions between contemporary religion, art and politics.
The Concepts of Music: A Multimedia Resource for Junior Music is an exciting new teaching tool aimed at junior students. The package consists of a CD-ROM, graded worksheets and a DVD featuring performances that will capture students' interest. All the preparation has been done for you, and each item on the DVD and its accompanying worksheet can be used as a lesson on its own or as reinforcement of a topic. The resource offers a sequential introduction to the concepts through a live show packed with drum solos, beat boxing, tap dancing, original music and other innovative collaborations.
From the diverse proto-theatres of the mid-1800s, though the revues of the '20s, the 'true musicals' of the '40s, the politicisation of the '60s and the 'mega-musicals' of the '80s, every era in American musical theatre reflected a unique set of socio-cultural factors.
Nathan Hurwitz uses these factors to explain the output of each decade in turn, showing how the most popular productions spoke directly to the audiences of the time. He explores the function of musical theatre as commerce, tying each big success to the social and economic realities in which it flourished.
This study spans from the earliest spectacles and minstrel shows to contemporary musicals such as Avenue Q and Spiderman. It traces the trends of this most commercial of art forms from the perspective of its audiences, explaining how staying in touch with writers and producers strove to stay in touch with these changing moods. Each chapter deals with a specific decade, introducing the main players, the key productions and the major developments
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