July 2, 2008

Opal Wheeler & Sybil Deutscher

I am going to part with some of my book collections. I still love them, so I'll create a virtual collection after the style of REFERENCE LIBRARY.


Opal Wheeler was born in 1898 & developed an interest in music at a very early age. She composed music to go with Mother Goose rhymes when she was only six.

She studied music at the Universities of Wisconsin & Washington, as well as Columbia University. She further studied music in Italy and France. Later she taught music to children.

She saw a need for composers' biographies written for children, and joined with Sybil Deutscher to write 20 biographies over a period of ten years, beginning in the late 1930s. Other books she wrote included an artist's series, music anthologies, a biography of Hans Christian Anderson, and even an adaptation of Gilbert & Sullivan's H.M.S. Pinafore.

Musicial children will enjoy playing the tunes discussed by the author, which are included in each book.

These books have regained popularity with home schooling families; I discovered today there are now companion study guides for Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Handel, Hayden, Mozart, Schubert, & Schumann. The books themselves have been reprinted in softcover editions.

The only thing I could not discover was a photograph of the author.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

why are you getting rid of these?!?! NOOOOOOOO!!!! grandkids!!!

Fun is always in style. said...

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carolynswafford said...

Oh, do you feel like you're cutting off your right arm? I don't know - books are real creatures...those look like quite special books, are you sure you want to get rid of these?

Fun is always in style. said...

I am having some second thoughts. I didn't mention in the post that there are actually two copies of one title. What's the purpose for that? I have it in case someone comes along who wants/needs/appreciates it. Oh brother.