Two Scarlet Songbirds: A Story of Anton Dvorak

Two Scarlet Songbirds A Story of Anton Dvorak Fact and fiction come together in a magically imagined tale of the composer Anton Dvor k s inspiration for American Quartet Transfixed by the birdsong of the little Iowa river town where he and his fa

  • Title: Two Scarlet Songbirds: A Story of Anton Dvorak
  • Author: Carole Lexa Schaefer
  • ISBN: 9780375810220
  • Page: 148
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Fact and fiction come together in a magically imagined tale of the composer Anton Dvor k s inspiration for American Quartet Transfixed by the birdsong of the little Iowa river town where he and his family are spending the summer, Dvor k seeks out the beautiful song of the scarlet tanager And as the tanager woos a mate and begins to build a nest, Dvor k writes the bird Fact and fiction come together in a magically imagined tale of the composer Anton Dvor k s inspiration for American Quartet Transfixed by the birdsong of the little Iowa river town where he and his family are spending the summer, Dvor k seeks out the beautiful song of the scarlet tanager And as the tanager woos a mate and begins to build a nest, Dvor k writes the bird s music down on everything from paper to shirtsleeves At the end of one long summer evening, the scarlet tanager hears familiar music from the town s schoolhouse and settles on a branch nearby to listen Inside, Dvor k and his friends play the first rehearsal of American Quartet, inspired by the little songbird Then, while one plays on, the other flies home.

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    1. This story blends fact and fiction in telling the story of Anton Dvorak writing the American Symphony. Unfortunately, this is too long and wordy for my preschool story time group, but the illustrations are fabulous and the story is a lot of fun. Recommended for groups K-2 or for one-on-one reading with preschoolers. A great follow up would be to listen to a bit of the American Symphony. :)

    2. A fictionalized story of how Dvorak may have partly been inspired to compose his piece, "American Quartet." While vacationing in Spillville, Iowa, Dvorak hears the song of the Scarlet Tanager, and that may have inspired the third movement of "American Quartet." Has impressionistic oil paintings.

    3. Great book to learn about Dvorak. We had fun listening to the 3rd movement of "American Quartet" he composed and could totally hear the Scarlet Tanager bird song in it! Kids practiced narrating this book.b 4/24/17

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