Khatchaturian - ‘Andantino’ from Children’s Album Book 1 Op. 62
[Charlotte] does however love hearing piano music, and the French horn, which are the instruments my husband plays. So when the Khachaturian Andantino played on Spotify, a total coincidence brought on by a random shuffling playlist, Charlotte was drawn to the music and just started dancing this beautiful slow ballerina like dance. We’d never shown her the moves, it was all just gorgeously intuitive and natural. She has done the same kind of thing listening to Saul play the horn solo from the second movement of Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony. It’s a very special kind of freedom to see someone, especially your 1 year old daughter just start moving like that!
Eva Cassidy - Somewhere Over The Rainbow
I found singing to Charlotte early on was sometimes easier as you get used to each other, and as a new Mum, getting the hang of talking to your baby. It’s not always that straight forward! I would sing her Somewhere Over the Rainbow a lot, and as such I’ve included Eva Cassidy’s version, which I find stunning, original and moving.
W.A. Mozart- 12 Variationen Ah vous dirais- je, Maman (twinkle twinkle)
As a now 17-month-old, Charlotte is very reactive to music. She often wakes up in the morning, and says to Saul and I “mumics (music), dance, kitchen”!! It’s not a bad way to wake up, really! She is also now singing along with us for a few of her favourite songs like “Pinkle Pinkle” (Twinkle, Twinkle) and “rainbow song” (Sing a Rainbow). I’ve included the Mozart 12 Variations for piano on what we know as Twinkle Twinkle, because she now recognises the many guises that tune takes on (Alphabet song, Baa Baa Black Sheep etc.). It was inevitable having musicians as parents that Charlotte would be exposed to a lot of music, and a broad range of genres at that. I’m so happy that there is so much music that resonates with her. Her experience of music reminds Saul and I why we do what we do, and why we are passionate about sharing that with others.