Publication Date : 15 November 2012
“Effortlessly manages to attract children into the unique and fascinating world of the world’s greatest music: a wonderful achievement!” —Vladimir Ashkenazy
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In the best-selling and award-winning book Maximus Musicus Visits the Orchestra, Iceland’s best-loved mouse discovers the wonders of music and the symphony orchestra in his own joyful and charming manner.
The book, by Hallfrídur Ólafsdóttir and Þórarinn Már Baldursson, of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, tells the tale of the mouse, Maximus Musicus, who by chance finds himself in a concert hall. What an interesting and adventurous turn his life has suddenly taken! Maxi enjoys himself so much that he decides to stay in the concert hall and see what happens the next day. There he experiences many strange and funny events as well as some wonderful and moving sounds as the orchestral musicians warm up, tune their instruments, rehearse, and finally play the pieces in concert.
The book is illustrated with Þórarinn Már Baldursson’s endearing images and accompanied by an audio CD featuring Stella Arman’s warm and humorous narration, together with music carefully chosen to suit the young audience: Ravel’s Bolero, a Fanfare and some galloping encores as well as Maxi’s own catchy song.
In June 2011 the Maximus Musicus books were honored with selection as Book of the Month by the body in charge of Iceland’s presentation as Guest of Honor at the 2011 Frankfurt Book Fair.
NEWS FLASH Maxi will visit Washington D.C. with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra in March 2012 to perform live at the Kennedy Center’s Nordic Festival! Details at Maxi’s website.
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