Instruments are introduced in rhyming verse, one by one. We start with a lone trombone, “playing SOLO”, add the trumpet “and ONE and TWO-O, they’re a DUO”. When the harp, the final instrument joins in “Behold! A CHAMBER GROUP of TEN.”
The concept is brilliant and beautifully executed. Moss manages to incorporate and seamlessly rhyme a treasure trove of complex and interesting words, sure to spark the imagination and intellect of a child. Priceman’s fanciful, curved gouache illustrations, perfectly capture the energy and spirit of the music. Moss’ knowledge of said music is evident and his love for it, palpable.