Peter Ustinov reads the orchestra

Canada, 1990

Film
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This video version of the award-winning recording and book featuring The Toronto Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Walter Babiak, is a highly engaging way to introduce children to classical music and the instruments of the orchestra. It explains the process of composition and the basic musical concepts of melody, harmony, rhythm, tempo, dynamics and tone colour. It then describes the four main families of orchestral instruments and each of their individual members. It concludes with the role of the conductor, bringing music and musicians together in a grand concert finale. There are excerpts from 22 of the great classics, such as Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite and Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5. Peter Ustinov’s narration, bursting with warmth and humour, and Alan Daniel’s colourful drawings of the musicians and their instruments make “The Orchestra” thoroughly entertaining and informative viewing.

Credits

production company

Mark Rubin Productions

producer

Mark Rubin

Duration

00:40:00:00

Production places
Canada
Production dates
1990

Collection metadata

ACMI Identifier

304398

Language

English

Audience classification

G

Subject categories

Adaptations

Childrens Films

Literature → Canadian literature - Film and video adaptations

Music & Performing Arts → Musical instruments

Music & Performing Arts → Orchestra

Music & Performing Arts → Orchestral music

Short films

Short films → Short films - Canada

Sound/audio

Sound

Colour

Colour

Holdings

VHS; Access Print (Section 1)

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