Continuing with my "Fine Art Fridays" planning, I've finally compiled a schedule for our music/composer studies for the year.

Recently I was thrilled to discover a series of delightful, once out-of-print composer biographies written by Opal Wheeler and Sybil Deucher. These will form the core of our music appreciation curriculum for both this year and next. The biographies can be purchased individually (study guides and companion CD's are also available), or in discounted sets at The Book Peddler ~ samples of all the books are available there as well. The titles in the series, in chronological order, are:

  • Handel at the Court of Kings
  • Sebastian Bach, The Boy from Thuringia
  • Joseph Haydn, The Merry Little Peasant
  • Mozart, The Wonder Boy
  • Ludwig Beethoven and the Chiming Tower Bells
  • Franz Schubert and His Merry Friends
  • Robert Schumann and Mascot Ziff
  • Frederic Chopin, Son of Poland, Early Years
  • Frederic Chopin, Son of Poland, Later Years
  • The Young Brahms
  • Edward Macdowell and His Cabin in the Pines
I've also purchased:
My plan is to spend approximately 4-6 weeks on each of the composers in the Wheeler/Deucher series, beginning with Handel in September (I'll be posting more detailed plans shortly).

Here are some additional resources which may prove helpful:


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