Clemency Crow 


GENRE:  Children's Nonfiction 



Embark on a musical journey through time with a captivating book specially crafted for children and young adults. 

Through the pages of "Little People: 10 Famous Composers", readers will not only learn about the composers' masterpieces but also gain insight into the challenges and triumphs that fuelled their creativity. 

Perfect for aspiring musicians, history enthusiasts, or anyone with a love for melody, "Little People: 10 Famous Composers" is an engaging and educational exploration of the power of music and the extraordinary individuals who composed their way into history. 



Ludwig Van Beethoven

1770 - 1827 

Beethoven has earned the distinction of being one of the world’s most popular composers while being deaf. Although Beethoven said his deafness was because of an argument with a singer, he suffered from tinnitus which made his hearing worse. 

Nevertheless, he went on to compose some of the world’s best-loved songs, including ‘Ode to Joy’, (the Ninth Symphony, the Choral Symphony). This was later adopted by the EU as their anthem. 

While Beethoven’s deafness did not stop him from composing as he used the vibrations from his piano, and he knew enough about the science of music to compose pleasing tunes and hear it in his head, it did make live performances almost impossible. This was a problem because it was an important source of income for the composer. Eventually, when his music began to get more popular, his income came from publishing his compositions and from people who believed enough in his work to give him money. 

Beethoven was deaf, but that did not stop him from making great music. He wrote ‘Ode to Joy’, and a lot of piano music. 


Music Playlist for “Famous Composers”: 10 well-known tunes that’ll get you and your kids buzzing about music.

Thank you for hosting me on this blog tour. It was certainly a challenge narrowing down so many fabulous pieces, especially as I limited myself to one tune per composer! After much deliberating, I managed to squeeze the list down to ten, but let me know if you disagree with my choice! I’d be delighted to hear your point of view!

1. Johannes Brahms: “Hungarian Dance No. 5”

Feel the lively rhythms and spirited melodies! Brahms’ Hungarian Dances are full of energy and perfect for a little dance break.

2. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: “Eine kleine Nachtmusik” (A Little Night Music)

Mozart’s joyful and playful serenade is sure to put a smile on your face. It’s a wonderful introduction to his genius.

3. Edvard Grieg: “Solveig’s Song” from Peer Gynt

I almost went with “Hall of the Mountain King”, but there’s something so magically serene about this piece. But if calm is not your thing, check out the Mountain King!

4. Ludwig van Beethoven: “Symphony No. 5 in C Minor”

Da-da-da-da! These famous four notes are just the beginning of Beethoven’s powerful and dramatic symphony. A must-listen! Or what about “Ode to Joy” - one that is familiar and much-loved by so many people!

5. Frédéric Chopin: “Nocturne in E-flat Major, Op. 9, No. 2”

Chopin is known as the poet of the piano. This nocturne is a beautiful and calming piece, perfect for winding down after a day of learning.

6. Scott Joplin: “The Entertainer”

Joplin’s ragtime music is fun and bouncy, perfect for tapping your toes. “The Entertainer” is one of his most famous pieces and a delight to hear. I have a lasting memory of my sister playing this tune on a honkytonk piano at the auction room!

7. Franz Schubert: “Ave Maria”

This beautiful, serene piece showcases Schubert’s talent for melody. It’s a wonderful example of his style.

8. Felix Mendelssohn: “Wedding March” from A Midsummer Night's Dream

You might recognize this piece from weddings! Mendelssohn’s joyful march is full of celebration and happiness.

9. Edward Elgar: “Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1”

Often heard at graduations, this grand and noble march by Elgar is inspiring and uplifting.

10. Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” from The Nutcracker

Step into a magical world with Tchaikovsky’s enchanting ballet music. This piece is delicate and whimsical, perfect for a fairy tale.

There you go! You might not recognize all the names, but I think you’ll know some of the tunes when you listen to them. And yes, perhaps I did cheat a little bit on some, and snuck in an extra tune for good measure. But don’t be too mad - you should have seen my initial list! So, what’s on your list?

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AUTHOR Bio and Links: 

Clemency is a primary school teacher, children’s author, and illustrator, based in rural Caithness with her family and two needy spaniels. In fact, Clemency is typing this one-handed, because Jess cries if she isn’t stroked for five seconds. 

When she isn’t writing, Clemency loves designing new parts of her garden, trying to find plants that will withstand the 70mph winds that are likely to batter them. She is oftentimes to be found tearing her hair out at the prevalence of ground elder in the flower borders, while cultivated species struggle to survive. 

Clemency’s favourite genre to write, and read, is fantasy adventure. This gives her ample opportunity to put her long-suffering characters in perilous situations. 

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