There Was a Man Lived in the Moon: Nursery Rhymes and Children’s Songs | ABC Classics ABC4812235

There Was a Man Lived in the Moon: Nursery Rhymes and Children’s Songs


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Label: ABC Classics

Cat No: ABC4812235

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 29th April 2016



Jane Sheldon (soprano)
Teddy Tahu-Rhodes (baritone)


Jane Sheldon (soprano)
Teddy Tahu-Rhodes (baritone)


ABC Classics presents an album of well-known nursery rhymes and children's songs in delightful new arrangements, featuring two of Australia's foremost singers, including Twinkle Twinkle, Cock a Doodle Doo, Incy Wincy Spider, Girls and Boys Come Out to Play, Oranges and Lemons and many more.

Andrew Ford, one of Australia's best-known composers and musical commentators, has collected songs familiar and neglected, giving beautiful new settings and accompaniments to beloved tunes and featuring a wide range of instruments. 'The variety was important,' Ford says. 'I wanted these songs to stand plenty of repetition, and was thinking not only of the children who might listen, but also their parents and grandparents!'

Reflecting on the inspiration behind the album, Ford muses: 'Five years ago, I became a father and - I suppose like any father - found that I now spent much of my time singing. One of the side-effects of parenthood is that it brings back memories of the parent's own childhood, and the songs I sang to my daughter were those that had been sung to me. A lot of them are on this album.'

The album brings together nursery rhymes - anonymous songs handed down from generation to generation over the centuries - in their original form, with all the words (some of which have been 'censored' through the years) restored. There are also new songs by Ford himself, including a set of three 'nonsense' poems by Edward Lear, and Little Star, composed the day after the composer's daughter was born, to the original words of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.

Track listing:
1. Have You Seen the Muffin Man?
2. Cock a Doodle Doo
3. Miss Polly Had a Dolly
4. Lavender’s Blue
5. Higglety Pigglety, My Black Hen
6. Ride a Cock Horse to Banbury Cross
7. The Tailor and the Mouse
8. Incy Wincy Spider
9. Aiken Drum
10. Girls and Boys Come Out to Play
11. On a Mountain Stands a Lady
12. Oranges and Lemons
13. Hot Cross Buns
14. See Saw, Marjorie Daw
15. I Love Little Pussy
16. Ding Dong Bell, Pussy’s in the Well
17. Estampie
18. Winter Song: ‘When Icicles Hang by the Wall’
19. Little Boy Blue
20. Bonny at Morn
21. Dance ti Thi Daddy
22. The Owl and the Pussy-cat
23. The Quangle Wangle’s Hat
24. The Jumblies
25. Little Star
26. Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
27. Baa, Baa, Black Sheep
28. Golden Slumbers
29. Rock-a-Bye Baby

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