Penguin and Grand Piano – A Friendship in Black-and-White
Looks like that this penguin wants to play the piano. :)
This children’s illustration book, “243 Saiten für Hugo Pepe -Eine Freundschaft in schwarz-weiß!” (google-translation “243 Strings for Hugo Pepe – A friendship in black and white!“) tells the story about a penguin named Hugo getting to know a grand piano during one of his exploits. He and the piano then become friends and together plunge into the entrancing world of classical music.
Martha Argerich got interested when hearing about the idea of this story by the authors in Lugano in 2009, so she wrote a foreword for the book. Her recording of Schumann’s “Kinderszenen” is also included in the accompany CD in the book. The book is published in German. I can understand the reason to choose this work. Just in time to catch up the celebration of Schumann this year.
About this book (from the authors via martha_argerich yahoo group):
Hugo Pepe Magellan is a Magellanic Penguin living in the Zoo of Vienna – the Tiergarten Schönbrunn. He is most passionate about the exploration of the world surrounding him and about music. During one of his explorations he meets a grand piano with whom he becomes good friends. Alongside they plunge into the fascinating world of classical music.
“Hugo Pepe – a friendship in black and white” is an amusing story about the little penguin Hugo Pepe through which both children and parents can learn much about the background of a piano and the life of penguins in zoos.
Many colourful drawings accompany Hugo’s story. On the enclosed CD you can find Martha Argerich’s interpretation of Robert Schumann’s “Kinderszenen” . Through listening to this CD one has the opportunity to not only read about but enjoy wonderful music. Martha Argerich also prefaced this book.
This story offers consolidated background information including explanations of the used terms and a composers resumés. To make it a perfect experience it has a little puzzle in the end.
Despite of Argerich’s foreword and playing, I like children’s illustration book even though I’m far away from the young age. Too bad that I don’t understand German. (Some reason to learn another language?