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Classical Baby

Classical Baby
Series DVD Cover
Country of origin USA
No. of episodes 5
Running time 25 Minutes
Original channel HBO
Original release 2005

Classical Baby is the name of an HBO television series touted as a show for parents to watch with their babies. The show features pieces of classical music played while images of clowns, animals, and works of art are shown.

Critics, including some child psychologists, have condemned the show, which premiered on May 14, 2005, for marketing television to babies. They contend that television is generally unhealthy for children, and that such a promotion is geared towards acclimating children to television at too young an age.[1] Nevertheless, the show won two Emmy Awards in 2006: one for Outstanding Children's Program and another for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation given to animator Barbara Wierzchowska.[2][3]

It won a Peabody Award in 2005, and was assessed by the judges as follows:

"This whimsical, charming, deceptively simple marriage of animation to the music of Tchaikovsky, Bach and Ellington becomes an interactive treat for young children and parents alike."[4][5]


  • Episodes 1
  • Music from the Show 2
    • The Music Show 2.1
    • The Art Show 2.2
    • The Dance Show 2.3
    • The Poetry Show 2.4
  • References 3
  • External links 4


Classical Baby is run on HBO as five different episodes:

  • The Music Show
  • The Art Show
  • The Dance Show
  • Classical Baby 1
  • Classical Baby 2
  • Plus, it includes a 2008 episode, The Poetry Show.

Note: Classical Baby 1 and 2 consist of selections taken from the other three episodes, and are not included on the DVD version.

Music from the Show

The Music Show

  1. Open, Music: "Piano Concerto No. 1"
    by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    performed by Philharmonic Slavonica
  2. Bear Hugs, Music: "The Flower Duet" from Lakmé
    by Léo Delibes
    performed by Mady Mesplé (soprano) and Danielle Millet (mezzo-soprano)
    Orchestre du Théatre National de l'Opéra-Comique, Alain Lombard
  3. Baby's Hands, "Von fremden Ländern und Menschen" from Kinderszenen, Op. 15, No. 1
    by Robert Schumann
    performed by Vladimir Horowitz, piano
  4. Baby Steps, "Dance of the Reed-Flutes"
    by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    performed by the Berlin Philharmonic, Peter Wohlert, conductor
  5. Busy Caterpillar, "Prelude" from Cello Suite No. 1 in G major, BWV 1007
    by Johann Sebastian Bach
    performed by Yo-Yo Ma, cello
  6. The Cow Song, "O mio babbino caro" from Gianni Schicchi
    by Puccini
    performed by Ying Huang, soprano, London Symphony Orchestra, James Conlon, conductor
  7. Good Morning, Peer Gynt: "Morning Mood"
    by Edvard Grieg
    performed by CSFR State Philharmonic Orchestra (Kosice), Stephen Gunzenhauser
  8. Night Music, "Eine kleine Nachtmusik"
    by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    performed by Capella Istropolitana Wolfgang Sobotk, conductor
  9. Aquarium, "Aquarium" from The Carnival of the Animals
    by Camille Saint-Saëns
    performed by Chamber Ensemble Philippe Entremont and Gaby Casadesus, pianos
  10. Musical Faces, "A Mare Encheu"
    by Heitor Villa-Lobos
    performed by Christina Ortiz
  11. Appalachian Spring, "Appalachian Spring Ballet Suite" Moderato coda movement
    by Aaron Copland
    performed by London Symphony Orchestra, Aaron Copland, conductor
  12. The Cricket on the Roof, "Stamping Dance" from Romanian Folk Dances, Sz. 56
    written by Béla Bartók
    performed by Midori, violin, Robert McDonald, piano
  13. My Blanket, "Clair de Lune"
    by Claude Debussy
    performed by CSR Symphony Orchestra (Bratislava), Keith Clark, conductor
  14. "Lullaby"
    by Johannes Brahms
    performed by Budapest Strings

The Art Show

  1. Open, Music: Piano Concerto No. 1
    by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    performed by Philharmonic Slavonica
  2. Frogs, with music by Erik Satie, painting by Claude Monet
  3. I Love You, paintings by Mary Cassatt, with music by Franz Schubert
  4. Shapes, based on a painting by Joan Miró, with music by Johann Sebastian Bach
  5. The Museum, with music by Gabriel Fauré
  6. Trucks, with music by Duke Ellington, painting by Fernand Léger
  7. Dance Class, with music by Amilcare Ponchielli, painting by Edgar Degas
  8. The Conductor, Music: The Blue Danube by Johann Strauss, performed by Vienna Opera Orchestra
  9. The Kiss, with music by Edward Elgar, painting by Marc Chagall
  10. Art Faces, Music: "Habanera" from Carmen Suite No. 2 by Georges Bizet
  11. Busy Bees, with music by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, painting by Jackson Pollock
  12. City Streets, with music by Count Basie, painting by Piet Mondrian
  13. The Sculpture Garden, with music by Scott Joplin
  14. The Starry Night, with music by Claude Debussy, painting by Vincent van Gogh
  15. Baby paints with music by Frédéric Chopin – no title

The Dance Show

  1. Open
    Music "Piano Concerto No. 1" Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (performed by Philharmonic Slavonica)
  2. Waltz of the Flowers
    Dance inspired by George Balanchine
    Music "Waltz of the Flowers" from "The Nutcracker" Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
  3. Dancing Sheep to Sheep, featuring Cheek to Cheek
    Music Irving Berlin performed by The Boston Pops
  4. Barn Dance
    Dance inspired by the "Dance of the Little Swans"
    from "Swan Lake" Music Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (London Festival Orchestra)
  5. Mambo
    Music "Mambo No. 5" (Original 1940's recording) performed by Pérez Prado
  6. The Swan
    Dance inspired by Anna Pavlova
    Music "Le Cygne" from "Le carnaval des animaux" Camille Saint-Saëns
  7. The Rectangles
    Dance inspired by Jerome Robbins
    Music "Prologue" from "West Side Story" Leonard Bernstein
  8. The Scarecrow
    Dance inspired by Martha Graham
    Music Aaron Copland
  9. Tap Dance
    Dance inspired by the Nicholas Brothers
    Music "Ira Gershwin
  10. Sleepy Lion
    Music "Mbube" performed by Miriam Makeba & the C. Mitchell Trio
  11. Dancers
    dance inspired by Pilobolus
    Music Erik Satie
  12. The Hippo Dance
    Music "Rum Sugar Cherry" by Duke Ellington
  13. Dancin' in the Rain

The Poetry Show

  1. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost
  2. The Swing by Robert Louis Stevenson
  3. The Red Wheelbarrow by William Carlos Williams
  4. Grassy Grass Grass by Woody Guthrie
  5. The Owl and the Pussycat by Edward Lear
  6. Sonnet XVIII by William Shakespeare
  7. Mariposa (Butterfly) by Federico García Lorca
  8. This Is Just To Say by William Carlos Williams
  9. Skylark by Johnny Mercer
  10. April Rain Song by Langston Hughes
  11. A Very Valentine by Gertrude Stein
  12. Who Has Seen the Wind? by Christina Rossetti
  13. How Do I Love Thee? by Elizabeth Barrett Browning


  1. ^ HBO criticized for pushing TV to infants, Associated Press (5 December 2005)
  2. ^ "Cartoon Network wins six Emmys".  
  3. ^ Baisley, Sarah (2005-09-12). "South Park, Clone Wars and Lost Win Animation and VFX Primetime Emmy Awards".  
  4. ^ Fitzgerald, Toni (2006-04-05). "And to ‘South Park,’ a rudeness award".  
  5. ^ 65th Annual Peabody Awards, May 2006.

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