YourClassical Storytime

'Old Mother Hubbard'

She went to the pet store to buy Sam some kibble, and then she came home to find him playing a fiddle.Nancy Carlson for MPR

Classical Kids Storytime: Old Mother Hubbard


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May 01, 2021

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Once upon a time, Old Mother Hubbard went to the cupboard to give her dog, Sam, his dinner. But when she went there, the cupboard was bare, and poor little Sam grew thinner. So she went to get some food. But you won't believe the musical surprise that awaited when she returned.

Listen now to 'Old Mother Hubbard,' an episode of YourClassical Storytime, featuring a variety of classical music and original illustrations by Nancy Carlson. (See more of her illustrations in the gallery.)

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Our telling of Old Mother Hubbard includes excerpts from the following works:

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings
Ukrainian Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Theodore Kuchar
Amadis 7143

Johann Sebastian Bach: Violin Partita No. 3
Ilya Kaler, violin
Naxos 570277-78

Joseph Haydn: Trumpet Concerto
Maurice Andre, trumpet
Stuttgart Radio Symphony, conducted by Hans Muller-Kray
SWR Music 10191

Isaac Albeniz: Leyendas
Norbert Kraft, guitar
Naxos 553999

Mikhail Glinka: Variations on a Theme by Mozart
Maria Graf, harp
SWR 10489

Courtesy of Naxos of America Inc.


Storyteller: Julie Amacher (with Randy Salas)
Story: Julie Amacher, Scott Blankenship and Valerie Kahler Illustrations: Nancy Carlson Producer: Valerie Kahler Digital producer: Jeffrey Yelverton
Social media producer: Brooke Knoll Senior digital producer: Randy Salas Program director: Julie Amacher