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Beethoven Lives Upstairs

The Children's Group

Christoph, a young boy living in 18th century Vienna, at first resents the eccentric new tenant in the upstairs apartment.  However, as their relationship develops, he slowly comes to understand Beethoven's genius and the importance of his music. An award-winning family film. 52 min. Rated G

Mr. Bach Comes to Call

The Children's Group

A new film from the makes of Beethoven Lives Upstairs.  Mr. Bach arrives unexpectdly at the house of a piano student, elizabeth.  Along with three of Bach's choirboys, she learns about his life and listens to 20 pieces of his music, moving from skepticism to respect for Bach's good-humored nature  and musical brilliance.  54 min. Rated G

Handel's Last Chance

Sony Classics

Jamie, a Dublin street urchin, is chosen to be a choirboy for George Frederich Handel's first performance of "The Messiah." Through working together, the unlikely pair become friends, and help each other through a series of mishaps, culminating in the triumphant debut of Handel's masterpiece.

Peter and the Wolf

Disney Studios

The Russian folk tale of Peter and the Wolf, set to music by Prokofiev, is the theme of this classic Disney film. It tells most endearingly the story of a little boy and his small band of animals, each illustrated by a different instrument, who set off bravely to seek and conquer the big bad wolf. Narrated by Sterling Holloway, this is truly a movie for those of all ages. Rated G

Biography - Beethoven

A & E Entertainment

This video presents interesting and informative biographies of one of the most famous classical musicians of all time.

Peter Ustinov and the Orchestra


This film is in three sections. Peter Ustinov first describes the different emotions and feelings that music can elicit.  He then demonstrates the sounds of the various instruments of the orchestra, using great examples from the classical repertoire as illustrations and accompanied by clever cartoons.  Rated G

Biography - Mozart

A & E Entertainment

This video presents interesting and informative biographies of one of the most famous classical musicians of all time. 

Composers' Specials

Song Classics

There are several films in this series that discuss various composers, their lives and their music:

Handel's Last Chance

Bizet's Dream

Liszt's Rhapsody

Strauss: The King of 3/4 Time

Rossini's Ghost

Bach's Fight for Freedom

From Mao to Mozart

New Video Group

In 1979, Isaac Stern visited China. This movie records the concerts and master classes he gave while there. Stern amply demonstrates his great love for music as he works energetically and passionately with his audiences, both young and old.  jian Wang, a young cellist, also performs. Rated G

Fantasia 2000

Disney Studios

Disney's classic film combines spectacular animation and storytelling with works from the classical music repertoire.  Donald Duck makes a memorable appearance to the accompaniment of Pomp and Circumstance by Elgar and Mickey Mouse stars in The Sorcerer's Apprentice, a scene taken from the earlier version of this movie.  Also featured is a unique rendition of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue.  Rated G

The Sound of Music

Fox Home Entertainment

Based on a true story of the Austrian Trapp family, this classic movie features Julie Andrews as the nanny who encourages the group to sing, sing, sing. Rated G

Music of the Heart

Miramax/Walt Disney

Determined to make a difference, Roberta Guaspari overcomes the skepticism of everyone who doesn't think she should be teaching violin to students in a tough inner-city neighborhood to found an exceptional music program in Harlem.  Despite its success, however, budget cuts threaten to shut the venture down.  Her answer? A fund-raising concert at Carnegie Hall featuring her incredible students. 124 min.s Rated PG


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