Maestro Orpheus and The World Clock
Maestro Orpheus and The World Clock
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Maestro Orpheus and The World Clock is a story with music aimed at children 5-12 years of age. In this dream-like tale, Fred is visiting his grandfather when time suddenly stops. Setting out to discover why, Fred meets Maestro Orpheus and his magical lyre. Together they begin a musical adventure along The Corridor of Time, on their way to wind The World Clock. Drawing on a broad range of classical music, by composers from Bach and Haydn to Chopin and Strauss, Maestro Orpheus and The World Clock explores the intimate relationship between time, memory and music in a way that is intended to delight and fill with wonder.

 It is an hour-long story set to classical music. The audiobook is 64 minutes long. There is a Kindle version available as an accompaniment and, through the website, a free downloadable Classroom Teacher's Guide. More information about the audiobook (originally a recording produced in 1996) is available at the website:


Book Details


  • Audio Book

Age Level: 

  • 8 - 12
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Fred hates visiting his grandfather's house. Sure, he loves his grandfather, but there is nothing to do at his grandfather's place. His grandfather is a retired clock-maker, and his house is full of old clocks. Fred can't fall asleep and is staying awake, counting down the time on the clock when all the clocks stop ticking! Fred decides to go find his grandfather and ask him what is going on with the clocks, but instead, he meets a man named  Maestro Orpheus. He quickly finds out that time has stopped, and it is up to Fred to fix it!
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A little boy named Fredrich hates time. It’s always “time to go to bed” or “time to leave.” One night, he is up very late at his grandfather’s house. At midnight, he notices that all the clocks have stopped working. He gets up to try to find his grandfather, who fixes clocks, and notices a light on in his grandfather's workshop. Armed with his carriage clock, he heads out to the workshop to prove how stupid clocks are.

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