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Music For Your Infant

Following the success of ABC Classics’ popular ABC For Life series, which has featured the titles Music for the Mind, Music to Study By, Music to Sleep By and Music to Energise, comes the latest addition Music for Your Infant.

Beethoven said that ‘music is the electrical soil in which the spirit lives, thinks and invents.’ Unwittingly, he was foreshadowing the great strides in knowledge about music and the brain which have come from contemporary neuroscience and other disciplines.

For example, research tells us that a child’s relationship with music begins before birth and is hard-wired in the womb, with the particular musicality of the mother’s voice creating a powerful bond which scientists think is a survival strategy carried through evolution. We also know that music can help young children acquire language and numeracy skills: just think of the way in which most of us learned the alphabet in song, or our times tables to a rhythmic pattern. As the teen years hit, research shows that young people’s relationship with music is as important to them as their relationship with friends, and their listening choices give them a powerful way to assert their sense of identity at this time. So, as we develop through childhood, navigate adolescence and continue through our lives, music is right there with us, marking milestones and setting moods for all occasions.

Music is an opportunity to actively connect with your child: things like smiles, laughter, touch, and playful, happy interaction can be as important to an infant’s development as food or sleep. This album provides plenty of opportunities to dance together, march, clap each other’s hands, beat time on your knees, listen for musical phrases you can sing, say out loud the names of instruments you can hear, and talk about how the music makes you feel.

There is also over an hour of soothing music carefully selected to calm young children and reduce the stress levels of their carers: perfect for bath time or during feeding, as a musical cue for nap-time and as an opportunity for gentle swaying with your child in your arms, soft humming, or as a backdrop to massage.

Because our nervous systems are tuned for it, humans have a particular sensitivity to music. We know that sounds are more potent stimuli than sights in most people, as auditory receptors cover a larger region of the brain. So, it is clear that music isn’t just the food of love. It’s brain food, too.

Track Listing

CD1 Active Music

CAMILLE SAINT-SAËNS
1 Introduction and Royal March of the Lion from The Carnival of the Animals

EDVARD GRIEG
2 Gavotte from From Holberg’s Time: Suite in Olden Style, Op. 40

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN
3 Scherzo from Trio in B-flat major for piano, violin and cello, Op. 97 ‘Archduke’

MANUEL DE FALLA
4 The Neighbours’ Dance from The Three-Cornered Hat

GEORGES BIZET
5 Carillon from L’Arlésienne – Suite No. 1

NIKOLAI RIMSKY-KORSAKOV
6 The Flight of the Bumble-Bee from The Tale of Tsar Saltan

JOHANN PACHELBEL
7 Gigue from Canon and Gigue in D major

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART
8 Menuetto & Trio from Symphony No. 35 in D major, KV385 ‘Haffner’

SERGEI RACHMANINOFF

Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42

9 Variation 8 (Adagio misterioso)
10 Variation 15 (Andante)

GEORGES BIZET
11 Bohemian Dance from The Pretty Maid of Perth

EDVARD GRIEG
12 Arabian Dance from Peer Gynt Suite No. 2, Op. 55

SERGEI PROKOFIEV
13 The Procession (Excerpt) from Peter and the Wolf

GEORGE GERSHWIN\
14 Preludes: I. Allegro ben ritmato e deciso

CAMILLE SAINT-SAËNS
15 The Elephant from The Carnival of the Animals

JOHANN STRAUSS II
16 Perpetuum mobile (Perpetual motion)

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART
17 Alla turca (Allegretto) from Piano Sonata in A major,KV331 (300i)

NICCOLÒ PICCINNI
18 Iphigénie en Tauride: Overture (excerpt)

MAURICE RAVEL
19 Laideronnette, Empress of the Pagodas from Mother Goose Suite

PYOTR IL’YICH TCHAIKOVSKY
20 Valse (Waltz) from Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64

PYOTR IL’YICH TCHAIKOVSKY
21 Spanish Dance from Swan Lake

EDVARD GRIEG
22 Anitra’s Dance from Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, Op. 46

ROBERT SCHUMANN
23 Valse allemande (German waltz) from Carnival: Sweet Scenes on Four Notes

CHARLES GOUNOD
24 Funeral March of a Marionette

CD2 Calming Music

PETER WARLOCK
1 Pieds-en-l’air from Capriol Suite

MAURICE RAVEL
2 Pavane of the Sleeping Beauty in the Woods from Mother Goose Suite

JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH
3 Sinfonia from Cantata BWV106 ‘Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit’ (Actus Tragicus)

PYOTR IL’YICH TCHAIKOVSKY
4 Coffee (Arab Dance) from The Nutcracker

CLAUDE DEBUSSY
5 Piano Trio No. 1 in G major: III. Andante espressivo

JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH
6 Oboe Concerto in D minor, BWV1059R: II. Adagio

HECTOR BERLIOZ
7 The Repose of the Holy Family – Prelude from L’Enfancedu Christ (The Childhood of Christ)

CAMILLE SAINT-SAËNS
8 Aquarium from The Carnival of the Animals

GEORGE GERSHWIN
9 Preludes: II. Andante con moto e poco rubato

ROBERT SCHUMANN|
10 Chopin from Carnival: Sweet Scenes on Four Notes

JOSEPH RHEINBERGER
11 Horn Sonata in E-flat major, Op. 178: II. Quasi adagio

MAX BRUCH
12 Nocturne (Andante con moto) from Eight Pieces for clarinet, viola and piano, Op. 83

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART
13 Horn Concerto No. 2 in E-flat major, KV417: II. Andante

JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH
14 Trio Sonata No. 6 in G major, BWV530: II. Lento

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN
15 Piano Sonata in F minor, WoO47 No. 2: II. Andante

NICOLAS BERNIER
16 Cantata – Le caffé: Prélude

DOMENICO ZIPOLI arr. Francesco Giovannini
17 Adagio

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART
18 Horn Quintet in E-flat major, KV407 (arrangement for string quintet): II. Andante

ALEXANDER ILYINSKY
19 Lullaby

Release
Music can change lives. For almost 20 years, the Hush Foundation has been working with renowned Australian artists to create music of joy and calm – originally to support children in hospital, and now enjoyed everywhere from concert halls to living rooms. In this latest offering from the Hush series, pianist Tony Gould and guitarist Peter Petrucci present music that can bring optimism even in the toughest times.The Hush Foundation, under the inspirational leadership of physician Professor Catherine Crock AM, transforms the healthcare experience for patients, families and staff through music and the performing arts. It has produced 17 albums, bringing some of Australia’s finest performers and composers together in collaborative partnerships that engage with the lived experience of people in the health system and other stressful environments. Hush albums are played not only in hospitals, but also in aged care, palliative care and childcare facilities to reduce stress and anxiety. Community and international orchestras also play music composed for Hush. In 2014, Hush’s contribution to Australian music was acknowledged with the APRA/AMCOS Award for Excellence.Gathering of Kindness recognises the power of the small acts of kindness and respect that build trust and create a sense of safety and security in difficult and challenging situations. ‘When we ask patients, their families and those working in healthcare “What matters to you?”’ says Professor Crock, ‘the single word at the top of the list is kindness.’Tony Gould and Peter Petrucci wrote the music on this album with the Hush ‘family’ firmly in mind. ‘We hope they serve at least one of music’s purposes in life, and that is to help calm our fellow humans in times when things aren’t going so well. Music can do this superbly. It can also give us joy, can foster kindness and a sense that, ultimately, everything will be all right.’ This latest album has been named after the healthcare events Hush has hosted since 2016. The Gathering of Kindness bring people working in health and aged care together to talk about ways kindness can flourish in their organisations and services. These events are being hosted throughout November at metro, regional and rural healthcare organisations across Victoria, and include live performances of Hush plays and music, healthcare book launches and panels, narrative and a range of self-care workshops, as well as updates on new research being undertaken. Hush is also hosting a ticketed event at KPMG in Melbourne on Thursday 14 November.›Pianist / composer / critic / author / academic / educator Tony Gould has been involved in music in Australia for over half a century. A prolific performer, composer and recording artist across several musical genres of art music, Tony has composed and performed alongside other renowned musicians Australia-wide and internationally. His numerous accolades include membership of the Order of Australia (AM) in recognition of his contribution to music.Peter Petrucci is one of Australia’s leading jazz guitarists, recognised for his virtuosity and lyricism in improvisations and artful compositions. He has released eight albums – the latest, They Know That We Know, in August 2019. Peter has performed locally and internationally supporting distinguished musicians and has appeared at numerous international jazz festivals, in the US, Canada, Germany, Italy, the Melbourne International Jazz Festival and the Wangaratta, Stonnington and Queensland Jazz Festivals. TRACKLISTING 1 All Things Good2 Anthem3 Calm4 Autumn Lullaby5 Quiet6 Spring Town7 It’s Up to You8 A Little Folk Song9 Essence10 Truth and Beauty11 The Softness of Air12 The Smile Peter Petrucci guitar – Tony Gould piano Tks 1-3, 5, 8, 10-12 composed by Tony Gould.Tks 4, 6, 7 and 9 composed by Peter Petrucci.