Classical Baby

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Classical Baby
Series DVD cover
Directed byAmy Schatz
Country of originUSA
No. of episodes6
Running time25 Minutes
Production companies Home Box Office
Original network HBO
HBO Family
Original releaseMay 14, 2005 (2005-05-14) 

Classical Baby is a 2005 American television series for young children and families directed by Amy Schatz and produced by HBO. The animation was created and designed by Maciek Albrecht and MaGiK World Animation. Classical Baby is designed to introduce young children to masterpieces from the worlds of music, art, dance, poetry, lullaby 1 and lullaby 2. This series first aired on HBO Family on May 14, 2005.


The series has won 4 Emmy Awards, the Peabody Award, the Directors Guild of America Award, Parents’ Choice Awards, and others.

The series won two Emmy Awards for Outstanding Children's Program and two Emmy Awards for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation, one given to animator Barbara Wierzchowska, and one to Jarek Szyszko. [1] [2] [3]

It won a Peabody Award in 2005. The judges wrote: "This whimsical, charming, deceptively simple marriage of animation to the music of Tchaikovsky, Puccini, Beethoven, Bach and Ellington becomes an interactive treat for young children and parents alike." [4] [5]

In 2017, two new lullaby-themed episodes aired on HBO and HBO Family: "Classical Baby: The Lullaby Show 1" and "Classical Baby: The Lullaby Show 2."


Classical Baby is currently available on HBO On-Demand as six different episodes:

Additional Episodes had been available previously, which consisted of selections taken from the first two 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 Giacomo 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 (a Baby)
  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 (ending credits)

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, Keyboard Concerto No. 5 in F Minor, BWV 1056: II. Largo
  5. The Museum, with music by Gabriel Fauré, Dolly Suite, Op. 56
  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 (a Baby)
  9. The Kiss, with music by Edward Elgar, painting by Marc Chagall
  10. Art Faces, Music: "Habanera" 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 – Prelude in A Major, Op.28 No. 7 (a baby)
  16. Lullaby by Johannes Brahms performed by Budapest Strings (ending credits)

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 1940s recording) performed by Pérez Prado (babies)
  6. The Ugly Duckling - The Swan
    Dance inspired by Anna Pavlova
    Music "The Swan" from "The Carnival of the Animals" Camille Saint-Saëns by Joshua Bell
  7. The Rectangles
    Dance inspired by Jerome Robbins
    Music "Prologue" from "West Side Story" by Leonard Bernstein
  8. The Scarecrow
    Dance inspired by Martha Graham
    Music Aaron Copland
  9. Tap Dance
    Dance inspired by the Nicholas Brothers
    Music "I Got Rhythm" George and 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 "Sugar Rum Cherry" by Duke Ellington
  13. Dancin' in the Rain (a baby)
  14. Lullaby by Johannes Brahms performed by Budapest Strings (ending credits)

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
  14. Ending Credits

The Lullaby Show 1

  1. Open, Music: Piano Concerto No.1 by Pyotr llyich Tchaikovsky performed by Philharmonic Slavonica
  2. Naptime “Drume Negrita” a Cuban Lullaby, sung by Bola de Nieve
  3. Moonlight “Liebesträum No. 3” music by Franz Liszt
  4. The Kiss “Suliram” an Indonesian Lullaby, sung by Miriam Makeba
  5. Little Willow, written, sung and performed by Paul McCartney
  6. The Violin “Oyfn Pripetshik” a Yiddish lullaby, performed by Itzhak Perlman
  7. Goodnight “Goodnight” written and sung by Laurie Berkner
  8. Night Light “Gymnopédie No. 1” music by Erik Satie (a Baby)
  9. Night Swim “White Seal Lullaby” based on a british poem by Rudyard Kipling, written sung, and performed by Corinne Bailey Rae
  10. Hush-A-Bye “Hush-a-Bye” an American traditional, sung by Peter, Paul & Mary
  11. Cradle Song “Schlafe, mein prinzchen, schlaf’ ein” a German Lullaby, sung by Rita Streich (soprano)
  12. The Dream “Hush, Hush (Thula, Thula)” a Zulu lullaby, sung by Harry Belafonte
  13. Sweet Dreams “Dream Angus” a Scottish Lullaby, sung by Gary Lightbody
  14. Lullaby by Johannes Brahms performed by Budapest Strings (ending credits)

The Lullaby Show 2

  1. Open, Music: Piano Concerto No.1 by Pyotr llyich Tchaikovsky performed by Philharmonic Slavonica
  2. The Painting “Méditation from Thaïs” music by Jules Massenet
  3. Bedtime “Fais Do Do” a French lullaby, sung by Elizabeth Mitchell & Lisa Loeb
  4. Twilight “Lullaby” music by George Gershwin performed by Serafin String Quartet
  5. Little Buckaroo “Hush Little Baby” American traditional, sung by Rufus Wainwright, Martha Wainwright, Lucy Wainwright Roche & David Mansfield
  6. Flying “Barcarolle from Tales of Hoffmann” music by Jacques Offenbach
  7. Hugs “Sleep Little One (Nami Nami)” an Arabic Lullaby, sung by Oumaima Khalil and Marcel Khalife
  8. Meditation “Berceuse in D-Flat Major, Op. 57” music by Frédéric Chopin performed by Jane Coop (a Baby)
  9. Flower Dance “O Cravo Brigou Com A Rosa” a Brazilian lullaby, sung by Natasha Llerena and Heitor Pereira
  10. Underwater “Nana” music by Manuel de Falla
  11. Barefoot “Dreaming” music by Amy Beach
  12. Cuddle “A La Nanita Nana” a Spanish Lullaby, sung by Marta Gómez
  13. Falling Leaves “Wiegenlied, Op. 49, No. 4” music by Johannes Brahms, performed by Yo-Yo Ma
  14. Lullaby in Ragtime sung by Ron Sexsmith (ending credits)

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