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Sleeping Beauty(from Time and Tune)
Time and Tune cover autumn 1972.jpg
BBC Schools Radio
First run:
21st September

- 30th November 1972

(1 school year)
Episodes:10 episodes
Duration:20 minutes
Subject:Music: Music
Audience:Age 7-9
Language:In English
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A musical adaptation of the fairy tale by Charles Perrault about a beautiful princess who is cursed and sleeps for 100 years, before being woken by a handsome prince.

The story was adapted by John Emlyn Edwards, and music from Tschaikovksy's ballet based on the story was played for listening during the broadcasts, but was not part of Time and Tune's production for children.


All 7 songs from Sleeping Beauty, with an extract from each. Written by John Emlyn Edwards unless stated.

Sleeping Beauty

On the christening day of a child princess, most beautiful ever seen,
Came a party of guests to the palace feast, by order of King and Queen.


From Music Time, Oxford University Press.

Sleep, baby, sleep.
Your mother watch will keep.

Little Bird, Little Bird

Go through my window, my sugar lump,
Go through my window, my sugar lump,
And buy molasses candy.

Spinning Wheel Song

From Twelve Manx Folk Songs 1, Stainer & Bell Ltd.

With myself, the spinner,
And spinning the grey wool.

The Band

Oh we can play on the big bass drum,
And this is the music to it...

A Christmas Song

Winds through the olive trees softly did blow,
Round little Bethlehem long, long ago.

Hurry, Little Pony

From Children's Songs from Spain, Faber Music Ltd.

Hurry, hurry, hurry or we shan't be early,
Hurry, little pony on the way!


Pamphlet illustrated by Sheila Bewley
Sleeping Beauty adapted by John Emlyn Edwards
Time and Tune produced by Douglas Coombes


To the best of my knowledge, no recordings of this unit have been kept in the BBC archives.

# Title Broadcast
1. Broadcast one 21 Sep 1972
2. Broadcast two 28 Sep 1972
3. Broadcast three 5 Oct 1972
4. Broadcast four 12 Oct 1972
5. Broadcast five 19 Oct 1972
6. Broadcast six 26 Oct 1972
7. Broadcast seven 9 Nov 1972
8. Broadcast eight 16 Nov 1972
9. Broadcast nine 23 Nov 1972
10. Broadcast ten (concert) 30 Nov 1972


There was a 20-page pupils' pamphlet, printed several colours, containing the words and tunes of all the songs, short rhymes to perform on different instruments, and poems following the themes of the story.

There was also a booklet of teacher's notes.

Sources & References

  • BBC (1972a) Time and Tune pupils' pamphlet autumn 1972. London: BBC.
  • BBC (1972b) Time and Tune teacher's notes autumn 1972. London: BBC.

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