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Wunderkind Little Amadeus

Grade Levels: Pre K - 2
Core Subject(s): Preschool Core, K - 2 Core, Fine Arts - Music
Next Airing: Sun, Jul 22nd, 2018 at 7:00 AM on UEN-TV

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The animated series WUNDERKIND LITTLE AMADEUS entertains and educates children between the ages of 4 and 8 about music and inspires them to make their own music. Join the young Mozart on his boyhood adventures and his musical life, all set against the backdrop of his unforgettable compositions.

Episodes:

  • Kidnappers

    Devilius hires two evil crooks to kidnap Amadeus and his best friend Kajetan so he can finally discover the secret behind Amadeus' music. The two boys, not easily taken by surprise, outwit the naïve crooks and save themselves on a raft — until they encounter dangerous rapids. The Music: "Horn Concerto No. 4" K. 495; Piano Sonata "Rondo alla Turca" K. 331; "Serenade in G" ("A Little Serenade") K. 525; et al. Additional Content: Monti goes on a sightseeing tour through Mozart's hometown of Salzburg, where many landmarks remain from Mozart's day.

    Next Airing: Sun, Jul 22nd, 2018 at 7:00 AM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:28:42
    Usage rights: 9/7/2008 to 9/6/2020
  • Pumperl In Trouble

    Devilius and Monti the Rat scheme about a devious new plan. Together, they lure Pumperl, Amadeus’ sweet little dog, into the hands of a dogcatcher. They hope he’ll be too busy searching for Pumperl to perform at the silver wedding anniversary of his friend Kati’s parents. This would enable Devilius' nephew Mario, who fell madly in love with Kati, to take Amadeus’ place (and his music). Unfortunately for them, the bad guys didn’t count on Pumperl’s cleverness. The Music: “Piano Trio in G” K. 564; et al. At the beginning of the episode, Amadeus plays a beautiful melody on the flute for Kati. Monti explains the flute’s place in the woodwind family of instruments and shows the many different types of woodwinds, while viewers see images of a recorder, a transverse flute, a bassoon, an oboe and a clarinet and hear their sounds.

    Next Airing: Mon, Jul 23rd, 2018 at 12:30 PM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:28:32
    Usage rights: 9/7/2008 to 9/6/2020
  • The Birdseller

    Amadeus wants to buy a new canary from the bird seller to cheer up his heartbroken sister, Nannerl. Meanwhile, Devilius thinks a magnificent golden eagle will turn him into a genius composer. He steals the eagle while staging an incident that results in all of the birds escaping. Authorities wrongly blame Amadeus and his friend for the incident and throw them into the dungeon of the Bishop’s palace. Can they prove their innocence before the eagle makes Devilius’ dreams a reality? The Music: "Salzburg Symphony No. 1" K. 138; Papageno’s Aria "Der Vogelfaenger bin ich ja" from "The Magic Flute" K. 620; "Symphony No. 25 in G Minor" ("Small Symphony in G Minor") K. 183; et al. In this episode, Amadeus' flute-playing saves him and his friends from the dungeon. Kajetan carved the flute out of a piece of wood he carried in his pens. Monti easily carves a flute out of wood and other materials and shows viewers how it works.

    Next Airing: Sun, Jul 29th, 2018 at 7:00 AM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:28:38
    Usage rights: 9/7/2008 to 9/6/2020
  • Mixed Up Violins

    A bishop asks the Mozart family, now on a concert tour, to take a valuable violin to Munich as a present for the prince-elector. As always, Devilius wants to get the Mozarts into trouble, so he replaces the valuable violin with a worthless old fiddle. He hopes to make it look like the Mozarts sold the valuable violin in order to make money. Then, Devilius will simply hand over the real violin and receive generous praise. In the end, Amadeus' musical genius takes center stage and thwarts Devilius' plans. The Music: "Violin Concerto in G" K. 216; "Divertimento in F" K. 138; "Violin Concerto in B" K. 207; et al. Monti explains violins' place among the string instruments or "strings." Then, he demonstrates the different sizes of a viola, a violin, a cello and a contrabass (double bass) and viewers hear the sounds they make.

    Next Airing: Sun, Aug 5th, 2018 at 7:00 AM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:28:35
    Usage rights: 9/7/2008 to 9/6/2020
  • Rumors

    Devilius maliciously spreads the rumor that all of Amadeus' compositions were written by his father, Leopold Mozart. As a result, the Bishop organizes a competition in which Amadeus must compete against Devilius. An herbalist mixes a special ink for Devilius that makes Amadeus' composition disappear. Can Amadeus uncover Devilius' terrible plot before time runs out? The Music: "Serenade in G" ("A Little Serenade") K. 525; Aria of the "Koenigin der Nacht" from "The Magic Flute" K. 620; "Clarinet Concerto in A" K. 622; et al. Monti shows a collection of backgrounds and scenes from the series that correspond to actual places in Salzburg, Mozart's hometown. Monti uses these scenes on the Web site to create an historic city video, set to the series' theme music.

    Next Airing: Sun, Aug 12th, 2018 at 7:00 AM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:28:26
    Usage rights: 9/7/2008 to 9/6/2020
  • The Bet

    The Bishop would like to give Countess Kussmaul, a patron and great lover of Mozart's music, one of Amadeus' compositions as a birthday gift. Devilius bets the Bishop that Amadeus cannot deliver a piece in such a short time. Confident of Mozart's talent as a composer, the Bishop wagers half of his royal household. In an attempt to win the wager, Devilius and Monti the Rat devise a villainous plan. Will Mozart finish his composition on time or will the Bishop make Devilius a wealthy man? The Music: "Violin Sonata in F" K. 376; "Horn Concerto in E Flat Major" K. 417; "Minuet" K. 94; et al. Amadeus attempts to write a new composition before nightfall. How do composers compose? Monti shows the moment when Amadeus turns his musical idea into the principal theme of his composition. On the basis of this simple musical piece for three instruments (piano, violin and cello), Monti explains how a composition is built, the notes of each instrument and the single melody. Finally, viewers see and hear the complete composition played by Amadeus, Nannerl and their father Leopold.

    Next Airing: Sun, Aug 19th, 2018 at 7:00 AM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:28:35
    Usage rights: 9/7/2008 to 9/6/2020
  • Mysterious Drink

    The Bishop wants to hold a music competition between the cities of Linz and Salzburg. To prevent another brilliant success by Amadeus, Devilius obtains a strong sleeping potion, which should knock out Amadeus at the appropriate time. Devilius will then appear as the "black violinist" and claim victory for himself. To make matters worse, Amadeus' father, Leopold, took Amadeus' violin to a pawnbroker because he desperately needs money. Can Amadeus shine without his violin? Will the sleeping potion work? Or, will Devilius once again leave the concert hall as the loser? The Music: "Divertimento in B Major" K. 137; "Violin Sonata in A" K. 305; "12 Variations for Violin and Piano in G" K. 359; et al. This episode describes the different violins of the world-renowned violin maker Stradivari, including an old and expensive Stradivarius, and explains how instruments differ from each other by listening to diverse violins.

    Next Airing: Sun, Aug 26th, 2018 at 7:00 AM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:28:40
    Usage rights: 9/7/2008 to 9/6/2020
  • The Wrong Boat

    On their way to Vienna, Amadeus and his sister Nannerl follow a troupe of actors and accidentally board the wrong ship. While their parents sail on the Danube towards Vienna, the two children enjoy their time aboard the pleasure boat. They cap off the performance of the acting troupe with their own musical accompaniment. Along the way, they help bring peace between an angry father and his daughter and future son-in-law. But will the Mozart siblings ever catch up with their parents' ship? The Music: "Sonata in C Major" K. 545; "Flute Quartet in D" K. 285; "Concerto for Two Violins and Orchestra in C" K. 190; et al. The Mozart family travels to Vienna in this episode. When they arrive in Passau at the river Donau, they board a ship instead of a coach. The trip from Salzburg to Vienna took several days, as traveling during that time was much more difficult and time-consuming. Monti shows how people traveled in the past.

    Next Airing: Sun, Sep 2nd, 2018 at 7:00 AM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:28:41
    Usage rights: 9/7/2008 to 9/6/2020
  • The Dancing Harbor

    After their boat trip on the Danube, the Mozarts land in Vienna, along with Devilius' deceitful trio. To prevent the Mozarts from entering Vienna, they steal Amadeus' father Leopold's wallet. This leads to big complications; customs officers mistake the Mozarts for merchants and ask them to pay high tariffs. Amadeus gets the whole harbor — including Empress Maria Theresia and her children — dancing with a sensational musical performance that convinces the customs officers. Now, nothing stands in the way of a visit to the imperial castle. The Music: "Divertimento No. 17" K. 334; "Contredance in D" K. 603; et al. Monti explains that Austria is Amadeus's home country and introduces Linz, Salzburg, Vienna, the river Danube and other Austrian landscapes.

    Next Airing: Sun, Sep 9th, 2018 at 7:00 AM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:28:21
    Usage rights: 9/7/2008 to 9/6/2020
  • Street Musicians

    On the way to their guesthouse in Vienna, the Mozarts witness a terrible incident in which the arrogant son of a nobleman mistreats an old woman and her grandchildren. Outraged, Amadeus challenges the man to a duel — "whip against violin." He deliberately plays the violin badly so that the horse of the evil young man runs away. News of this incident quickly spreads around Vienna. Amadeus gets to know two young street musicians and joins them to form a trio, playing in the music cafés of Vienna. However, neither the humiliated son of the nobleman nor Devilius and his sidekick Monti want to give up. The Music: "Violin Concerto in B" K. 207; "Piano Sonata No. 18 in F" K. 533; et al.

    Next Airing: Sun, Sep 16th, 2018 at 7:00 AM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:28:39
    Usage rights: 9/7/2008 to 9/6/2020
  • Never Kiss An Empress

    The invitation to the imperial court still hasn't arrived. Money is short, and Devilius manipulates the innkeeper to demand the hotel bill from Amadeus' father, Leopold, in advance. Leopold has no other option but to return to Salzburg. Amadeus attempts to meet the Empress during a visit to the opera, without success. As the Mozarts make their way home in an oxcart, the invitation to the imperial court finally arrives! In a race against time, the misled innkeeper tries to reach the Mozarts to bring them back. Will Devilius still stand in the way of Amadeus' appearance at the court, or could Amadeus end up receiving a kiss from the Empress herself? The Music: "Cassation" K. 63; "Turkish March" from Piano Sonata "Rondo alla Turca" K. 331; et al. In this episode, Amadeus and his family find themselves in several locations of Vienna, once the cultural capital in Europe (next to Paris). Monti shares information about this city, including its buildings, squares and the famous St. Stephen's Cathedral.

    Next Airing: Sun, Sep 23rd, 2018 at 7:00 AM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:28:43
    Usage rights: 9/7/2008 to 9/6/2020
  • The Bear Is Loose

    Amadeus and his dog, Pumperl, fetch some medicine for Amadeus' sister Nannerl. On the way, Pumperl follows another dog and disappears. While Amadeus searches for Pumperl, he stumbles on a performing bear at the marketplace. He receives gold coins (ducats) from the crowd for his violin playing. Devillius, green with envy, devises a plan to catapult his nephew Mario into Amadeus' place. But Mario's fiddling instead causes the bear to flee through the alleys of Vienna. Eventually, Amadeus' violin playing prevents even worse mishaps. The Music: "Bassoon Concerto in B Major" K. 191; "Violin Concerto in A Major" K. 219; et al. Monti shows examples of different styles of music, also available on the Web site.

    Next Airing: Sun, Sep 30th, 2018 at 7:00 AM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:28:45
    Usage rights: 9/7/2008 to 9/6/2020
  • The Broken Key

    Amadeus, tired of practicing on a "silent piano" in his hotel room, is thrilled to learn that a grand piano sits in the ballroom for a "Russian Evening." While he secretly plays the piano, one of the keys breaks. Devilius wants to impress the Russian nobility and manages to put the pianist, due to perform that night, out of action. In the meantime, Amadeus and Nannerl, with the help of Pumperl, try to earn some money on the street so they can buy a new key from the piano maker. Can they pull it off in time for the special event? Who will perform that evening? And will it include the missing piano key? The Music: "Serenade in B Major" K. 361; "Piano Sonata" K. 310; "Serenade in G" ("A Little Serenade") K. 425; et al. Monti climbs into the piano to show how the visible part of the key connects to the string inside to create a tone. Viewers learn some basics about the functions of a piano key and the "technique" of a piano.

    Next Airing: Sun, Oct 7th, 2018 at 7:00 AM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:28:33
    Usage rights: 9/7/2008 to 9/6/2020
  • Slippery When Wet

    The empress invites the Mozarts to the imperial court again. The children persuade two of the hotel employees to pose as their parents (who can't be reached) and accompany them to the court. This leads to problems when the real parents hear about the invitation and rush to the palace. In the meantime, Amadeus and Nannerl enjoy sliding on the polished floors of the palace with Marie Antoinette, the empress' youngest daughter. Will Devilius stop another one of Amadeus' successes, or will he slip up? The Music: "Organ Fantasy in F Minor" K. 608; et al. Monti reveals the enormous size of the real imperial palace. Viewers see the Schö nbrunn palace, inside and out, and together with Monti and Amadeus, stroll through some of its impressive rooms.

    Next Airing: Sun, Oct 14th, 2018 at 7:00 AM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:28:43
    Usage rights: 9/7/2008 to 9/6/2020
  • Small Pox

    Nannerl collapses during a concert at the palace, but no one knows why. When someone mentions smallpox, Devilius pretends to fall ill. Amadeus thinks the amulet Nannerl lost during the concert at the palace will help her regain her health and sneaks into the palace to look for it. Meanwhile, Devilius enjoys the attention he receives from his accomplices Mario and Monti. Does Nannerl really have smallpox? Will the amulet heal her? And will anyone discover Devilius' feigned sickness? The Music: "Violin Sonata in F" K. 376; "Menuett in D Major" K. 94; et al. Monti plays music with various dynamic and timbre to introduce the concept of tempo. Then, Monti explains the three tempi: adagio, andante and allegro, and viewers hear what each sounds like.

    Next Airing: Sun, Oct 21st, 2018 at 7:00 AM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:28:41
    Usage rights: 9/7/2008 to 9/6/2020
  • The Secret of Ybbs

    Princess Antoinette persuades Amadeus to uncover the secret of Ybbs, a nearby monastery. Amadeus convinces his parents to visit Ybbs on their way back home to Salzburg, where he immediately starts looking for the secret. Devilius and his gang get lost in a heavy snowfall and also end up at the monastery. They quietly creep around and cause confusion among the monks. The secret is finally revealed as a beautiful organ hidden behind a wall. Amadeus presents a small concert on the organ and Devilius, Monti and Mario flee from the monks in a mad rush — on the backs of two pigs! The Music: "Violin Sonata in A" K. 526; "Symphony No. 40 in G Minor" K. 550; "The Abduction from the Seraglio" K. 384; et al. Monti, with Pumperl's help, explains the difference between a piano and organ, and describes the sounds pipes and bellows create on a typical organ. An inside construction drawing shows this connection and how it works.

    Next Airing: Sun, Oct 28th, 2018 at 7:00 AM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:28:43
    Usage rights: 9/7/2008 to 9/6/2020
  • Breakfast Music

    The cardinal, well-known for his inspection trips that usually end with demotions and transfers, is on his way to visit the Bishop of Salzburg, who is extremely agitated by the impending visit. To make matters worse, the cardinal arrives a day early and nothing is ready. Even the Bishop's choirboys are unprepared to perform. The cardinal mercilessly inspects the palace, terrifying the fearful Bishop. But, thanks to Amadeus' ingenuity, the Bishop stays, and Devilius won't succeed him. The Music: "Regina Coeli" K. 276; "Requiem" K. 625; et al. Singing in a choir forms the fundamental part of this story. Monti presents the canon "Bona nox," which viewers can hear on the Web site.

    Length: 00:28:43
    Usage rights: 9/7/2008 to 9/6/2020
  • Into The World

    The Mozarts must give an evening concert at the Bishop's palace. Amadeus' father Leopold hopes this will convince the remaining skeptics to let them play music for the English court, with Joseph Haydn's invitation. The scheming Devilius deletes the planned concert from the Bishop's calendar but Amadeus finds a way to inform the Bishop about the Mozarts' travel plans. The Music: "Piano Trio in G" K. 564; "Horn Conerto in E Flat Major" K. 417; et al. Monti explains chamber music, played by Leopold, Nannerl and Amadeus in this episode.

    Length: 00:28:45
    Usage rights: 9/7/2008 to 9/6/2020
  • Magic In Salzburg

    A great magician impresses Amadeus by making a poodle play the piano. Amadeus wonders if Pumperl is up to the task. Devilius figures out the trick and makes the poodle disappear. The magician asks for Amadeus’ help when his second partner, a piano-playing dwarf, also disappears. With the aid of the young prodigy, the musician's performance at the Bishop’s palace is a success – and Pumperl gives a piano concert after all! The Music: "Piano Concerto No. 27 in B Major" K. 595; "Piano Sonata in C Minor" K. 459; et al. Monti reveals that no schools existed in the 18th century. Amadeus and his sister Nannerl were lucky to have their father Leopold, who taught them reading, writing, math and the natural sciences.

    Length: 00:28:43
    Usage rights: 9/7/2008 to 9/6/2020
  • Solo for Amadeus

    On the Bishop of Salzburg's name day, Amadeus will sing a brilliant solo for the festivities, but his malicious and envious rival, the lower court marshal Devilius, wants to stop him. Amadeus must help Mr. Hagenauer, the Bishop's court purveyor and the Mozart family’s landlord, locate the missing coach carrying the delicious chocolates from Linz urgently needed for the festival. The chocolates finally reach Salzburg and the Hagenauers, but will Amadeus arrive in time to perform his solo? The Music: “Piano Sonata in C Major” K. 545; et al. In this episode, Mario fails to strike the top C. Monti explains the term "top C" to the children, the sounds it makes when played by different instruments (flute, violin, piano and human voice) and where it falls in the stave (staff).

    Length: 00:28:42
    Usage rights: 9/7/2008 to 9/6/2020
  • The Glockenspiel

    An international company of actors wants to perform in Salzburg — and Devilius wants to stop them. Amadeus knows the actors and prepares a musical number with them, using music he composed on the spur of the moment. Devilius takes drastic measures to prevent the performance. In the end, all of Salzburg cheers and Devilius plays an unexpected leading role on-stage. The Music: Opera "Bastien and Bastienne" K. 50; "Petit Marche Funèbre in C" K. 453a; et al. Monti explains how children can research the composition of a real orchestra to the music of "A Little Serenade" on the Web site. There, children can experience the impact of shifting single members of the orchestra on the music and the relation of single instruments to the whole composition.

    Length: 00:28:42
    Usage rights: 9/7/2008 to 9/6/2020
  • The Muted Trumpet

    Amadeus can't stand loud trumpet music and wants to prevent a joint concert maliciously arranged by Devilius with the famous trumpeter Schachtner. He and his friend Kajetan try to hide Schachtner's trumpet, but Devilius keeps finding other trumpets for Schachtner to play. Finally, Amadeus devises a solution for the joint concert with Schachtner, so he doesn't have to suffer the sounds of the trumpet. The Music: "Oboe Concerto in C" K. 314; et al. A trumpet serves as the focus of this episode's storyline. Monti illustrates the many different kinds of brass instruments.

    Length: 00:28:43
    Usage rights: 9/7/2008 to 9/6/2020
  • The Stolen Watch

    Amadeus prepares a composition for the Golden Needle of Salzburg competition. The ambitious Devilius and conniving Monti the Rat want Devilius' nephew, Mario, to win the prize instead. With the help of a pocket watch and a stolen Mozart melody, they manage to make Amadeus look like a thief and plagiarist. In a spooky graveyard scene, Amadeus and his friend finally force a confession from Mario. Will it be enough to clear Amadeus of the charges or will Mario win the Golden Needle of Salzburg? The Music: Aria “Ein Maedchen oder Weibchen” from the opera "The Magic Flute” K. 620; et al.

    Length: 00:28:43
    Usage rights: 9/7/2008 to 9/6/2020

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