Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Haydn this month on Classics for Kids
First, most Haydn symphonies are an easily digestible 30 or so minutes long. They are a good way to challenge the attention span of a younger child without being too overwhelming. The individual movements move along at such a pace that kids won't get bored.
Secondly, most of Haydn's symphonies have nicknames attached to them, such as "the Bear", "The Surprise", and so on. Not only do these nicknames make for interesting stories, but they usually give a musical clue that children can listen for as well.
Finally, even at his most challenging, Haydn is never to "far out". Children can hum along to his melodies, even in minor keys.
Here for example, is a piece children love- the second movement from Haydn's Symphony no. 94, "The Surprise" performed by the Berlin Philharmonic led by Mariss Jansons.
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