My Music Box
Little Classical Masterpieces for My Baby
Performed by Ludmila Berlinskaïa and Arthur Ancelle Illustrations Élodie Nouhen
Open up the fairy tale and dreamlike worlds imagined by renowned classical composers for the piano. Compositions transport listeners to France and Russia in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, when the instrument was the preferred way to introduce children to the magic of music. Explore the poignant yet fleeting fears and joys of childhood with 20 miniature movements for two- and four-hand piano by Bizet, Debussy, Liadov, Moussorgsky, Ravel, Tchaikovsky and others. Brief explanatory notes and illustrations accompany each musical work.
Swaths of paint and pencil lines are employed in a deft manner to portray a variety of patterns and textures, from the gentle waves of a child’s hair to the geometric pattern of a clown’s costume; each illustration is intended to evoke the mood of the paired musical selection. FOREWORD REVIEWS
Pub Date: 2022
Ages: 0 to 3
Keywords: Classical Music / Piano Four Hands / Lullabies / Dreams
Ludmila Berlinskaya is a Russian pianist and actress. She has played on the most prestigious stages in the world, including the Théâtre des Champs Elysées in Paris, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Royal Albert Halls in London, and the City Hall of Hong Kong. For the prestigious classical label Melodiya, she has recorded no less than 8 new albums in 5 years.
Arthur Ancelle is a French pianist. After obtaining degrees in chamber music and music pedagogy, he graduated from the École Normale de Musique de Paris. He holds multiple prizes from numerous international competitions from France, Russia and Australia, amongst others, which have given him the opportunity to play in some of the greatest concert halls in the world, such as Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center and the Moscow Philharmonic Hall.
Elodie Nouhen honed her creative talent at the Ecole Supérieure d’arts graphiques Penninghen in Paris. She has worked for many years as an illustrator, having published more than 30 children’s books that have been translated into several languages, including Sleep Softly, Songs from the Baobab, and My Music Box.