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Symphony for a broken orchestra : how Philadelphia collected sounds to save music / Amy Ignatow ; illustrated by Gwen Millward.

Ignatow, Amy, (author.). Millward, Gwen, (illustrator.).


"What happens when musical instruments can't make the sounds we expect them to make? Is music still possible? The schools of Philadelphia were filling up with broken violins, drums, pianos, and more, making it difficult for students to learn to play. This sparked an idea for a symphony, played entirely with the broken instruments, that would raise funds to repair the instruments themselves. Musicians young and old volunteered, and their captivating performance showed that even something broken can sing--and that great music is always possible with a bit of inventiveness and improvisation. Based on a true story, this inspiring book celebrates a community coming together to make a joyful, meaningful noise." -- Book jacket flap.

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  • ISBN: 9781536213638 (hardcover)
  • ISBN: 1536213632 (hardcover)
  • Physical Description: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 25 x 28 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: Somerville, Massachusetts : Walker Books US, a division of Candlewick Press, 2022.

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General Note:
A Junior Library Guild Selection.
Based upon a true story.
Subject: Music > History and criticism.
Performing arts.
Schools > Pennsylvania > Philadelphia > Fiction.

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