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Merry Pranks of Master Till
Music by Richard Strauss
Performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra
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Merry Pranks of Master Till
Includes activity booklet
Includes activity booklet PDF
About Merry Pranks of Master Till

Till is a very clever young man, perhaps too clever for his own good. He plays tricks on people to show them that they may not be as high and mighty as they think. Twisting the words of professors and bakers, tailors and priests, he travels the countryside. In the end, however, Till discovers that the world has little patience for his antics. These medieval tales are true social commentary.

Recommended for ages 7+ and families

Why buy this unknown work?

Richard Strauss (the composer of the 2001: A Space Odyssey theme) composed Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks in 1894-5. Today it is probably considered the greatest tone poem (music that tells a story) ever written. The music for french horn is memorable.

CD/MP3 also includes:

  • Performance of the original tone poem without the narration.

  • Child-friendly, spoken biography of Richard Strauss, the composer.

  • A little-know version of the piece for violin, clarinet, horn, bassoon, and bass.

  • Activity booklet with musical information, games and beautiful illustrations by noted children's book illustrator Giles Laroche.

Download the free curriculum guide with lessons in ​music, math, art, science, geography, language arts and history.

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