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Giacomo Puccini: Bohemian Music
Giacomo Puccini’s opera La Bohème is about struggling artists in Paris. Its title means “the bohemian lifestyle.” But Bohemia isn’t in France; it’s in the Czech Republic. Other composers such as Antonin Dvorak, Bedrich Smetana, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov and Jules Massenet, were also inspired by this part of the world, using its music and describing its beautiful countryside in their works.   [MORE]



ITALIAN COMPOSERS

ITALIAN COMPOSERS
Puccini was born into a family of musicians in Lucca, Italy. Explore the Classics for Kids interactive map to find other composers from Italy.

INSTRUMENTS OF THE ORCHESTRA

INSTRUMENTS OF THE ORCHESTRA
A wide variety of instruments make up an orchestra. See and hear the instruments and their families.

MUSICAL VIDEOS

MUSICAL VIDEOS
Many excellent classical music videos are available for children. Check out our list of choices, ranging from full-length feature films to educational videos.

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OF NOTE
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LESSON PLANS

LESSON PLANS
Teachers - Classics for Kids' lesson plans, including sets based on Vivaldi's Spring and Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition, can help your students learn about Rhythm, Melody, Form, Expression and more. Among the skills developed are Singing, Moving, Listening, Performing and relating music to poetry. Get them for your classroom today.

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