Laurie Detweiler, one of Veritas's founders, still recalls her grandparents' Christmas gift to her of a few of these delightful books on the great composers. They enchanted her, and when she saw these gems were back in print, she wanted to share them with you. Joseph Haydn, the Merry Little Peasant will wind its way into your family's hearts as it introduces you, with gentle text and charming pen-and-ink illustrations, to one of the world's finest composers. The narrative gives readers an intimate peek into Haydn's world: "Little Sepperl (as the child Franz Joseph Haydn was called) always sat on a wooden stool near his father and with two smooth pieces of wood held firmly in his hands, played his own make-believe violin. His parents watched the boy drawing one stick slowly across the other as he played so seriously, keeping perfect time."
Be inspired by the musical beginning of the boy who later played before kings in palaces and who has left us some of the most beautiful music ever written.