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Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony No. 8


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Beethoven: Symphony No. 8
Beethoven: Symphony No. 5

Music that Imitates Inanimate Objects

The beginning of the second movement of Beethoven’s 8th Symphony imitates a metronome -- a mechanical device that ticks steadily to help musician keep to the beat of the music. Other composers wrote music that ticks, or that imitates other inanimate objects -- including a doll and a typewriter.

Track list:
Beethoven: Symphony #8
Haydn: Symphony #101 “Clock”
Kodály: Háry János
Prokofiev: Cinderella
Anderson: Syncopated Clock
Anderson: Typewriter
Offenbach: Tales of Hoffman

Classics for Kids Quiz

1. In Beethoven's Symphony No. 8, the machine that is being imitated is a





2.One of the favorite objects that composers like to imitate is a

railroad train


mechanical toy


3. The composer of The Syncopated Clock is

Aaron Copland

Leonard Bernstein

Charles Ives

Leroy Anderson

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