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Johann Sebastian Bach : The story of the boy who sang in the streets

Thomas Tapper

Book Overview: 

This is a collection of ten short, entertaining, informative picture-book biographies of famous composers. Each book tells about the childhood and great achievements of a composer, and includes a short musical example.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .The Story of the Boy Who Sang in the Streets

This is the house in which JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH was born.


This house stands in the town of Eisenach in Germany. It looks very much the same today as it did when Sebastian was a little boy. Many people go there to visit this house because the little boy grew to be a famous man.

[Pg 4] In Eisenach there is a statue of Bach near the palace.


In the same town in which Sebastian was born there stands on the top of a hill a very famous castle built many hundreds of years ago.

This castle is called the Wartburg.


As a boy little Sebastian used to climb the hill with his friends, and they, no doubt, had a happy time playing about the castle grounds. In one of its great halls the minstrels of Germany held their Song Contests.

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Community Reviews

Much like the other books in this biography series, a nice short overview of a composer's life, and a bit odd in formatting. I actually appreciated the way they compared his age to Benjamin Franklin's though--less random than some of the references in other books, and helpful in connecting what was

So weak as to be amusing. Clearly for children, it is a poor teaching aid, from the time when rote memorization was standard. 1915.