Discover the spellbinding magic of Swan Lake in this musical retelling of the ballet – push the button on each beautiful scene to hear the vivid sound of an orchestra playing from Tchaikovsky’s score.
Trapped by an evil sorcerer in the body of a swan, how will Princess Odette ever escape? Be mesmerized by cygnets dancing on the lake, meet her twin Odile, and watch as Odette battles the evil sorcerer for freefrom.
As you and your little one journey through the magical scenes, you will press the buttons to hear 10 excerpts from the ballet’s music. At the back of the book, find a short biography of the composer, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, with details about his composition of Swan Lake. Next to this, you can replay the musical excerpts and, for each of them, read a discussion of the instruments, rhythms and musical techniques that make them so powerful. A glossary defines musical terms.
The Story Orchestra series brings classical music to life for children through gorgeously illustrated retellings of classic ballet, opera, and program music stories paired with 10-second sound clips of orchestras playing from their musical scores. With The Story Orchestra keyboard sound books, children can play the famous melodies themselves with the sound of a real grand piano.
The perfect primer to introduce children to classical music.
- Illustrated by Jessica Courtney-Tickle
Also available from The Story Orchestra series: Carnival of the Animals, Four Seasons in One Day, Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake and The Nutcracker.
Manufacturer’s note: please pull the white tab out of the back of the book before use. Sound buttons require a firm push in exact location to work, which may be hard for young children. All sound clips are 10 seconds long.