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MFKBK Recommends...

We at MFKBK have come up with a list of books, sheet music, CDs and cassettes, videos and TV programs about music and composers. If you have a suggestion to add to the list, please email us.
All of the material on this list has been read, viewed or listened to by MFKBK. All prices are based on Amazon.com so they may be lower than the prices at your local bookstore.

Recommended Repertoire

Books:

Beetoven Lives Upstairs
by Barbara Nichol
Paperback $5.35 Hardcover $12.76
Christoph writes to his uncle about the crazy man (Beetoven) who has come to live in the upstairs of his house. This man is deaf yet he writes music. He has four pianos, some of which have no legs so that he can lie on the floor and hear the vibrations. He plays loudly all day and late into the night. When Christoph's uncle writes back about the stories that people tall about Beetoven, Christoph begins to feel some compassion for this madman and even begins to form a friendship with him.

Lives of the Musicians: Good Times, Bad Times (and what the neighbors thought)
By Kathleen Krull
Hardcover: $14.00
Short Bios of 20 composers. Written in a fun and casual style. With further recommendations for info about the composers.
 
"Masters of Music" series
By Andrea Bergaamini
Hardcover:$10.47
A series of beautifully illustrated and produced books about
composers and their times. For ages 9 and up.

Cds and Cassettes:

We highly recommend the Classics for Kids series. Each is a fictional story that includes the composer as a character. The stories are set to the composer's music and are based on facts. The stories are available individually or as sets. Not all of the stories are listed here. Following are the stories that we most highly recommend.

Mr Bach Comes to Call
CD $14.49
Cassette $ 8.53
As Bach's music is being sent into space on the Voyager II, Bach visits a modern girl who doesnt like to practice and talks about his 20 children, his time in jail and his devotion to the church. He later reveals the reason for his visit. " Every time my music is played... I am alive"

Vivaldi's Ring of Mystery
CD $14.49
Cassette $ 8.53

A musical orphan is sent to a girls orphange in Venice that is run by Vivaldi. While she is there, a magical violin helps her to discover her past and find her family.

Tchaikovsky Discovers America
CD $14.49
Cassette $ 8.53

Tchaikovsky visits New York to conduct a symphony. While he is there, he meets two children who learn that music can be inspired by anything... even a cup of tea.

Beetoven Lives Upstairs
CD $14.49
Cassette $8.53

Christoph writes to his uncle about the crazy man (Beetoven) who has come to live in the upstairs of his house. This man is deaf yet he writes music. He has four pianos, some of which have no legs so that he can lie on the floor and hear the vibrations. He plays loudly all day and late into the night. When Christoph's uncle writes back about the stories that people tall about Beetoven, Christoph begins to feel some compassion for this madman and even begins to form a friendship with him.

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Movies:

Beetoven Lives Upstairs
Not Rated
50 minutes
Emmy Award Winner
$14.98
Available only in VHS Format

Christoph writes to his uncle about the crazy man (Beetoven) who has come to live in the upstairs of his house. When Christoph's uncle writes back about the stories that people tall about Beetoven, Christoph begins to feel some compassion for Beetoven and even begins to form a friendship with him.
 
 
Martha Argerich and Friends
Not Rated
56 minutes
Available only in DVD Format
$26.98
 
A rare filmed performance of one of the greatest pianists of all
times, we are privileged to see Martha Argerich at her peak in three
separate duets by Mozart, Schumann and Rachmaninov.