Music

Books & Media

Many excellent books, videos and games that deal with music are currently available for children. Classics for Kids® has compiled a list of some of these resources for you.

Nonfiction
A selection of excellent nonfiction books about music for grades K-12, plus selections for parents.

Fiction
Musical fiction for kids, from young readers through eighth grade.

Adult Fiction
Looking to relax with some musical fiction? Try these books for adults.

Videos
A wide array of classical music choices, ranging from full-length feature films to educational videos.

Video Games
A wide array of video games for kids, ranging from musical instruction to pure entertainment.

If you purchase any of these items from Amazon.com by following the link provided (where available) a portion of your purchase will go to support Classics for Kids®!


The Rainaldi Quartet

Written by: Paul Adam
Published by: St. Martin's Press, 2004

When Tomaso Rainaldi, a violin maker in Cremona, Italy (the home of fabled violin maker Antonio Stradivarius) is murdered, his devastated friends, police detective Guastafeste and luthier Gianni Castiglioni, discover that the dead man was obsessed with finding an immensely valuable violin called the Messiah's Sister which was built by Stradivarius but subsequently lost. The story unfolds as the two men take up the search themselves. With a surprising ending, The Rainaldi Quartet will especially appeal to mystery lovers and music lovers.


The Piano Shop on the Left Bank

Written by: Thad Carhart
Published by: Random House, 2001

he piano shop on the Left Bank in Paris is owned by an eccentric elderly proprietor who deals only with people whom he knows. Thanks to an introduction by a friend, Carhart makes his acquaintance and is finally welcomed into the unique store crowded with pianos of all sorts. Soon, he is stopping by daily to talk about pianos and music with Luc. As Carhart's love of music is rekindled, he eventually he buys a piano— which is delivered in a most amazing manner—and starts taking lessons again.


Song of the Lark

Written by: Willa Cather
Published by: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1915

Thea Kronborg, born and raised in a small Colorado town, wants to be a musician. She starts first as a pianist, working first with a local teacher then moving to the city to study. She switches to singing, however, as her talent in this area is recognized. Cather writes a moving and beautiful tale of the personal and professional challenges this young woman faces as she tries to attain her dream.


Body and Soul

Written by: Frank Conroy
Published by: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1993

Claude Rawlings lives on Third Avenue in New York City. Trapped in an apartment all day while his mother drives a taxi, he discovers an old piano in his basement apartment and learns to play with the help of the owner of a local music shop. As Claude's incredible talent becomes apparent, he is helped in his career by some wonderful, caring people. He also faces great challenges in his pursuit of music.


Marrying Mozart

Written by: Stephanie Cowell
Published by: New York: Viking, 2004

This book is a fictional account of the lives of the Weber family, which is comprised of a musical father, a difficult mother and four daughters. Twenty-one-year-old Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart enters their lives and at first is deeply involved with Aloysia. After she goes off unexpectedly with someone else, he eventually, he marries Constanze. The author makes eighteenth century Europe come alive as she describes life in Mannheim and Vienna. Her tale of family life, love and music in the Weber household is charming and historically informative and her insight into the trials the young Mozart faces is fascinating.


Longing

Written by: James Landis
Published by: New York: Harcourt, 2000

This historical novel mixes fact with fiction as it relates the story of composer Robert Schumann and his wife, Clara Wieck, the most celebrated female musician of her day. Despite the disapproval of Clara's father, who is also Robert's teacher, the two musicians marry and go on to have highly successful careers and several children until Robert's illness changes their lives.


The Piano Tuner

Written by: Daniel Mason
Published by: Alfred A. Knopf, 2002

In 1886, Edgar Drake, a shy, retiring piano tuner, is asked to travel to a remote part of Burma to repair a rare piano belonging to an eccentric army officer. From this irresistible beginning, Drake enters a seductive world of love and political intrigue.


Bel Canto

Written by: Ann Patchett
Published by: Harper Collins, 2001

Roxanne Goss, a famous soprano, didn't want to sing at the birthday party of Mr. Hosakawa, a powerful Japanese businessman, that was being held at the home of an ambassador in a small South American country. Nevertheless, it is a perfect evening and she gives a beautiful performance until a group of terrorists bursts in and takes the entire party hostage. However, what begins as a panicked, life-threatening situation slowly becomes something quite different, as terrorists and hostages become inextricably interlinked and old values and perceptions change dramatically.


The Devil in Music

Written by: Kate Ross
Published by: Viking, 1997

Ross, Kate. The Devil in Music. New York: Viking, 1997. Julian Kestrel, an English dandy, finds himself in Italy in 1825 investigating the four-year old murder of a powerful nobleman. This book has it all; a disappearing English tenor, a runaway wife and her male soprano lover, insights into the world of opera, political intrigue and murder. The descriptions of social life in this period are particularly appealing.


The Soloist

Written by: Mark Salzman
Published by: Random House, 1994

When Reinhart Sundheimer, a world-renowned cellist, suddenly loses his ability to perform, he doesn't know what to do. This story describes how he comes to terms with his new life and mediocrity.


Night Music

Written by: Harrison Slater
Published by: Harcourt, Inc., 2002

When a struggling American musicologist, Matthew Pierce, comes across a mysterious document that could be a diary of Mozart's, he embarks on a search for the truth that leads him into some incredible and dangerous situations. This book is at once a travelogue through Europe’s most famous cities, a fascinating mystery, a Mozart biography and a tale of intrigue within the world of gifted musicians and music scholars.


Music and Silence

Written by: Rose Tremain
Published by: Strauss and Giroux, 2000

King Christian IV of Denmark is not a happy man. The year is 1629, and his country is falling apart, his wife is adulterous and he fears for his life. Fortunately, the royal orchestra that plays in a cellar below his chambers is always there to console him as is the group's lutenist, Peter Claire. Ms. Tremain has many interesting and insightful things to say about the power of music in this unusual book.


An Equal Music

Written by: Seth Vikram
Published by: Broadway Books, 1999

Violinist Michael Holme has never forgotten Julia McNicholl, a pianist whom he knew in Vienna as a student. Years later, he meets her again by accident while riding a London bus. The two go on tour with a group of Michael's fellow musicians and try to recapture their lost love while performing amazing music.


Music

Books & Media

Many excellent books, videos and games that deal with music are currently available for children. Classics for Kids® has compiled a list of some of these resources for you.

Nonfiction
A selection of excellent nonfiction books about music for grades K-12, plus selections for parents.

Fiction
Musical fiction for kids, from young readers through eighth grade.

Adult Fiction
Looking to relax with some musical fiction? Try these books for adults.

Videos
A wide array of classical music choices, ranging from full-length feature films to educational videos.

Video Games
A wide array of video games for kids, ranging from musical instruction to pure entertainment.

If you purchase any of these items from Amazon.com by following the link provided (where available) a portion of your purchase will go to support Classics for Kids®!


The Rainaldi Quartet

Written by: Paul Adam
Published by: St. Martin's Press, 2004

When Tomaso Rainaldi, a violin maker in Cremona, Italy (the home of fabled violin maker Antonio Stradivarius) is murdered, his devastated friends, police detective Guastafeste and luthier Gianni Castiglioni, discover that the dead man was obsessed with finding an immensely valuable violin called the Messiah's Sister which was built by Stradivarius but subsequently lost. The story unfolds as the two men take up the search themselves. With a surprising ending, The Rainaldi Quartet will especially appeal to mystery lovers and music lovers.


The Piano Shop on the Left Bank

Written by: Thad Carhart
Published by: Random House, 2001

he piano shop on the Left Bank in Paris is owned by an eccentric elderly proprietor who deals only with people whom he knows. Thanks to an introduction by a friend, Carhart makes his acquaintance and is finally welcomed into the unique store crowded with pianos of all sorts. Soon, he is stopping by daily to talk about pianos and music with Luc. As Carhart's love of music is rekindled, he eventually he buys a piano— which is delivered in a most amazing manner—and starts taking lessons again.


Song of the Lark

Written by: Willa Cather
Published by: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1915

Thea Kronborg, born and raised in a small Colorado town, wants to be a musician. She starts first as a pianist, working first with a local teacher then moving to the city to study. She switches to singing, however, as her talent in this area is recognized. Cather writes a moving and beautiful tale of the personal and professional challenges this young woman faces as she tries to attain her dream.


Body and Soul

Written by: Frank Conroy
Published by: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1993

Claude Rawlings lives on Third Avenue in New York City. Trapped in an apartment all day while his mother drives a taxi, he discovers an old piano in his basement apartment and learns to play with the help of the owner of a local music shop. As Claude's incredible talent becomes apparent, he is helped in his career by some wonderful, caring people. He also faces great challenges in his pursuit of music.


Marrying Mozart

Written by: Stephanie Cowell
Published by: New York: Viking, 2004

This book is a fictional account of the lives of the Weber family, which is comprised of a musical father, a difficult mother and four daughters. Twenty-one-year-old Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart enters their lives and at first is deeply involved with Aloysia. After she goes off unexpectedly with someone else, he eventually, he marries Constanze. The author makes eighteenth century Europe come alive as she describes life in Mannheim and Vienna. Her tale of family life, love and music in the Weber household is charming and historically informative and her insight into the trials the young Mozart faces is fascinating.


Longing

Written by: James Landis
Published by: New York: Harcourt, 2000

This historical novel mixes fact with fiction as it relates the story of composer Robert Schumann and his wife, Clara Wieck, the most celebrated female musician of her day. Despite the disapproval of Clara's father, who is also Robert's teacher, the two musicians marry and go on to have highly successful careers and several children until Robert's illness changes their lives.


The Piano Tuner

Written by: Daniel Mason
Published by: Alfred A. Knopf, 2002

In 1886, Edgar Drake, a shy, retiring piano tuner, is asked to travel to a remote part of Burma to repair a rare piano belonging to an eccentric army officer. From this irresistible beginning, Drake enters a seductive world of love and political intrigue.


Bel Canto

Written by: Ann Patchett
Published by: Harper Collins, 2001

Roxanne Goss, a famous soprano, didn't want to sing at the birthday party of Mr. Hosakawa, a powerful Japanese businessman, that was being held at the home of an ambassador in a small South American country. Nevertheless, it is a perfect evening and she gives a beautiful performance until a group of terrorists bursts in and takes the entire party hostage. However, what begins as a panicked, life-threatening situation slowly becomes something quite different, as terrorists and hostages become inextricably interlinked and old values and perceptions change dramatically.


The Devil in Music

Written by: Kate Ross
Published by: Viking, 1997

Ross, Kate. The Devil in Music. New York: Viking, 1997. Julian Kestrel, an English dandy, finds himself in Italy in 1825 investigating the four-year old murder of a powerful nobleman. This book has it all; a disappearing English tenor, a runaway wife and her male soprano lover, insights into the world of opera, political intrigue and murder. The descriptions of social life in this period are particularly appealing.


The Soloist

Written by: Mark Salzman
Published by: Random House, 1994

When Reinhart Sundheimer, a world-renowned cellist, suddenly loses his ability to perform, he doesn't know what to do. This story describes how he comes to terms with his new life and mediocrity.


Night Music

Written by: Harrison Slater
Published by: Harcourt, Inc., 2002

When a struggling American musicologist, Matthew Pierce, comes across a mysterious document that could be a diary of Mozart's, he embarks on a search for the truth that leads him into some incredible and dangerous situations. This book is at once a travelogue through Europe’s most famous cities, a fascinating mystery, a Mozart biography and a tale of intrigue within the world of gifted musicians and music scholars.


Music and Silence

Written by: Rose Tremain
Published by: Strauss and Giroux, 2000

King Christian IV of Denmark is not a happy man. The year is 1629, and his country is falling apart, his wife is adulterous and he fears for his life. Fortunately, the royal orchestra that plays in a cellar below his chambers is always there to console him as is the group's lutenist, Peter Claire. Ms. Tremain has many interesting and insightful things to say about the power of music in this unusual book.


An Equal Music

Written by: Seth Vikram
Published by: Broadway Books, 1999

Violinist Michael Holme has never forgotten Julia McNicholl, a pianist whom he knew in Vienna as a student. Years later, he meets her again by accident while riding a London bus. The two go on tour with a group of Michael's fellow musicians and try to recapture their lost love while performing amazing music.


 

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