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Definition and background:

The term Berceuse is a French term meaning "cradle song" or lullaby. Specifically, this is a song sung (or performed) to soothe a child to sleep. The instrumental lullaby (most often for piano) is based on Frederick 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 Frederic Chopin, Robert Schumann, Johannes Brahms, Franz Liszt, Edvard Grieg, Claude Debussy along with many others. Also [Eng.] lullaby, [Ger.] Wiegenlied. a cradle-song or lullaby, in lilting triple or compound time. the most famous example of the use of this title is by Chopin, who wrote one berceuse, followed by Liszt

For more information on the music term "Berceuse" check out these other resources:

Wikipedia - Glossary of Musical Terminology

Virginia Tech Multimedia Music Dictionary

ORB -- Medieval Music Glossary

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z 1-9

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