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Thursday, November 8, 2007

Review: Beethoven's Wig 2

Beethoven's Wig 2 makes for another fun installment in the Beethoven's Wig series. Once again, classical pieces are set to lyrics that are silly but at the same time educational.

As a family, our top favorites on this album are:
Sing Verdi Very Loud (Verdi's La donna e mobile from Rigoletto)
It's The Same Every Verse (In the Hall of the Mountain King from Grieg's Peer Gynt Suite)
A Fan of Chopin (Prelude 7, Op. 28 by Chopin)

First, who could resist the opportunity to poke fun at our opera world where we are often only known for "singing very loud". And with lyrics that match the melody just right, Sing Verdi Very Loud does just that. Verdi Loud, Verdi Fun.

Grieg's Peer Gynt Suite has been a favorite of mine for as long as I can remember. We have all loved hearing it set to silly lyrics and joining in with the song as they countdown how many times the main melody is repeated. The lyrics teach a lot about music as they bring to attention what instruments are playing in each verse. They even work the composer, Grieg, into the lyrics helping cement into our minds who composed the piece. And, as some classical pieces do, there are two finales leading up to the final third finale and I love that the lyrics point this out.

A Fan of Chopin is short and sweet. The lyrics include Chopin's name which is wonderful in helping children remember who the song is by.

As a whole, Beethoven's Wig 2 is great family fun and appropriate for all ages. Ages 4 and up will be able to understand the lyrics themselves, but even children under age 4 will enjoy the music and want to dance along as our one-year old does. When my girls hear these songs elsewhere, they are quick to point out the bits they know about the songs. And what they do know is thanks to these CD's.


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