Great Composers: Mozart, Mendelssohn, Dvorak
Great Composers: Mozart, Mendelssohn, Dvorak (Zane Publishing – beta [pre-release] version) is three filmstrips (slideshows with audio), each 15 to 20 minutes long. As you watch, you can access several icons, some on toolbars at the top and bottom of the screen and a few right smack in the middle of the screen (perhaps in the final version this will be corrected?). The presentations run automatically and can be paused or skipped ahead or reversed. These slideshows, one for each composer, are all drawn illustrations- no photographs, no moving animation. Each presentation is divided into three parts, basically childhood, youth, and adulthood. There’s narration for the few lines of text that go with each slide and, occasionally, some music. The film strips are okay, but not very exciting. There is so little actual music and what there is comes so infrequently, and in such short snippets, and with so little accompanying discussion, that you won’t know much more about the music than when you started. What you will get is plenty of basic, high school level biographical information: where they were born, lived, and died, who supported them, where they had their first concert , and so on. If the point is to introduce kids to the music, it doesn’t. If the point is to introduce kids to the men, how about a book?
– October 1995