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Tales on Four Strings

Nova Deco presents three stories and explores the connection between music and story. Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels, Simms Taback's Joseph Had a Little Overcoat, and Munro Leaf's Ferdinand are accompanied with music performed by the violin duo. All three stories have in common the theme of conquering fears and being true to one's self. Gulliver's Travels is accompanied with music written by G.F.Telemann in 1729, 2 years after Swift's book was published. His response to the story uses visual and notational ideas, so music notation, fractions and humor are discussed. Joseph is a traditional Yiddish song about recycling; the original song plus others from the Yiddish musical idiom are used to enhance each verse of the song. Ferdinand uses Spanish flavored excerpts and thematic connections to tell the story of the bull who only wanted to be himself. The students are exposed to musical style, musical notation, travel, recycling, repurposing and the concept of self-awareness.


Artist: Nova Deco: Nancy Johnson and Dominique Corbeil

Wonderful artistry. Even our music teachers learned some new information.

J. Morton, Franklin Elementary, Wichita
Format Audience Size Grade Level Curriculum Cost
Performance Kindergarten - Grade 5 Careers / Life Skills
Character Education
$360 duo performance

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