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Sep 5, 2014

Can you hear it?

William Lach; Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York
Abrams Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 9780810957213          [various prices online]

One of the best music appreciation books for the whole family that I have seen in some time. There are three sections. The first describes instruments of the orchestra by sections, using unique historical examples from the museum’s collection. In the second part a number of well-known musical pieces have been matched with works of art held by the Metropolitan Museum. Questions guide the reader into the musical imagery of the works. The artworks provide inspiration to hear what is pictured in the music. The final section of the book describes the artwork in more detail, giving reasons that it was chosen to match the various musical works. A CD is included with all of the pieces played by various international orchestras. Six stars out of five for this marvellous book.