In order of appearance, the songs and music pieces from This Tilting World by Colette Fellous, translated by Sophie Lewis. This list has been thoughtfully compiled by Sophie Lewis.

  • El Desierto, Lhasa

    ‘… I put on music. El Desierto. The voice of Lhasa, the low throb of the band, I gathered them close in my arms: the night, the song, the sea grown black and the few conspiring stars, I clasped them all very close…’ (page 8)

  • Piano Concerto in G major, Adagio Assai, Maurice Ravel
    ’Now, suddenly, the night grows dark and solemn, like the Ravel piano concerto.’ (page 30)

  • Una Furtiva Lagrima’ from L’Elisir D’Amore, Act II Scene VIII, Gaetano Donizetti, performed by Luciano Pavarotti
    Una furtiva lagrima pours from the computer onto the table, Pavarotti’s voice drapes the whole room…’ (page 35)

  • Moonlight Sonata, Ludwig van Beethoven
    ’My father reads France-Soir in the bleach-white glow of the strip lighting, my mother embroiders a shoal of fish on to a linen sheet while listening to the ‘Moonlight Sonata.’ (page 38)

  • The Very Best of Fairuz, Fairuz

    Enta Omry, Umm Kulthum

    My Love is Changing, Hédi Jouini

    The Best of Abdel Wahab, Abdel Wahab
    ’The violence has smothered everything. I want to return to the simple beat of that time when we used to breath seawards with confidence, and the constant music that enveloped the streets and houses: where have they gone, the songs of Feyrouz, Umm Kulthum, Hédi Jouini and Abdel Wahab that used to fill the cafés and food stalls…’ (page 42)

  • La Belle de Cadix, Luis Mariano
    ’…to accompany the toasted pistachios and honey-soaked pastries, he would sing the ‘Belle de Cadix’ with her velvet eyes who calls for your love, and we’d sing the chorus all together chica chica chic! ay ay ay!’ (page 72)

  • Tintarella di Luna, Mina
    ’Wearing her pink silk dress, my mother hums ‘Tintarella di Luna’, she’s so graceful in this late afternoon light.’ (page 124)

  • Anthologie du Ma’Luf, vol. 4, Le malouf Tunisien: Nuba al-iraq
    ’There was a little ma’luf band in the middle of the café, the space become their stage, and we the audience settled all around, reclining on mats.’ (page 165)

  • Ya Chouchana, Oulaya
    ’As we stepped inside, amid the scent of the shishas, I recognised ‘Ya Chouchana’, a favourite song and one I often listened to in Paris…’ (page 165)

  • Raoul Journo
    ’…I wanted to go back to them; this song and those of Raoul Journo…’ (page 165)

  • Barbarina’s Aria’ from Le Nozze de Figaro, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Stabat Mater, Antonio Vivaldi
    ’…I dozed, plugged in to my music, my twenty-five most listened-to tracks: Pavarotti, Feyrouz, Bashung, Barbarina’s aria, Hindi Zahra, Vivaldi’s Stabat Mater, Raúl Paz.’ (page 167)

  • Atys, Jean-Baptiste Lully
    ’This is what I was thinking in that plane flying me back to Paris. I thought of the Lully aria he had listened to with J-B the night before his death. Atys: his favourite opera.’ (page 168)

  • Somos, Chavela Vargas
    ’I put Chavela Vargas on again, a little louder. ‘Somos’. A decadent song, perfect for this journey through the sky.’ (page 171)