Time and Tune: Sleeping Beauty

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started21st Sep 1972
ended30th Nov 1972
1 school year
duration20 mins
subject 🎶MusicMusic
age rangeAge 7-9
languageenIn English
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Sleeping Beauty is a unit of the BBC schools radio series Time and Tune from the 1970s, covering Music for primary school pupils.

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.

SongSleeping 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.


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

From Music Time, Oxford University Press.

SongLittle Bird, Little Bird

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

SongSpinning Wheel Song

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

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

SongThe Band

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

SongA Christmas Song

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

SongHurry, Little Pony

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

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


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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