A cradle song. A song sung to a child to soothe him to sleep, or a gentle, quiet song. The instrumental lullaby (most often for piano) is based on Frédérick Chopin's Berceuse opus 57 and is characterized by a rhythmic ostinato that suggests a gentle and steady rocking feel. Many composers have written in this genre including Frédérick Chopin, Robert Schumann, Johannes Brahms, Franz Liszt, Edvard Grieg, Claude Debussy along with many others.
Also [Fr.] berceuse; [Ger.] Wiegenlied.
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