Child’s Own Book of Great Musicians Illustrated Collection review contains affiliate links. All opinions my own.
Tapper was born in Massachusetts in 1864. He studied music and became well-known as a music lecturer and educator. His wife was an accomplished pianist as well. He wrote for several musical publications, including “Etude,” which I have some old copies of. Some of his writings were short books on famous composers, aimed at children. He died at 94 in 1958.
My compilation of his works includes his books on twelve different composers, from Bach to Wagner. Each includes several illustrations which help the composer and his world come to life for children. It’s full of interesting facts, as well: once, Beethoven arrived to play a concert and discovered that the piano was so out of tune that he compensated by playing his concerto in a half-step different key (you musicians will appreciate that he transposed it on the spot from C to C-sharp. Yikes!). Or, did you know that Robert Schumann used a machine to try to change his fingers to help him play piano better — and ruined them in the process? And, I never knew so many of the musical greats were depressed.
I would have enjoyed a book like this when I was younger — perhaps your child, or a child you know, would as well. At just $2.99, it’s an affordable way to help your child enrich his or her mind on a car trip or while waiting somewhere.
** NOTE: I would love to get a few reviews of the book up at Amazon. This is really helpful when people are considering whether to buy it. If you’d be willing to read through and review the book, let me know (sjbraun at hotmail dot com) and I’ll send you a free copy (please note that it’s only available in Kindle format, although if you don’t have a Kindle there are free Kindle apps so that you could read it on your phone or computer). Thanks!