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A berceuse is "a musical composition usually in 6
time that resembles a lullaby". Otherwise it is typically in triple meter. Tonally most berceuses are simple, often merely alternating tonic and dominant harmonies; since the intended effect is to put a baby to sleep, wild chromaticism would be somewhat out of character. Another characteristic of the berceuse, for no reason other than convention, is a tendency to stay on the "flat side"; noted examples including the berceuses by Chopin, who pioneered the form, Liszt, and Balakirev, which are all in D.


  • Berceuse pour deux notes qui cornent (for two notes which continue), for organ, JA 7, by Jehan Alain
  • Wiegenlied (Brahms), a cradle song, is a berceuse; it is better known in English as Brahms's Lullaby
  • Berceuse, by Frank Bridge, for cello and piano
  • Compositions by Ferruccio Busoni
    • Berceuse (in C major) Op. 2, for piano
    • Berceuse (Lullaby), for piano
    • Berceuse élégiaque
  • Berceuse, for piano by Frédéric Chopin
  • "Berceuse for the Infant Jesu" in A Little Suite for Christmas, by George Crumb
  • Berceuse Heroique, for piano, by Claude Debussy
  • Two compositions by Gabriel Fauré
    • Berceuse, Op. 16.
    • "Berceuse" section of Dolly Suite for Piano four-hands, Op. 56, No. 1, by Fauré. Sometimes transcribed for violin and piano: not to be confused with the Op. 16 work, above.
  • Berceuse for an Unwanted Child (Reginald Foresythe) 1934
  • Berceuse de Jocelyn, a lullaby from the opera "Jocelyn" by Benjamin Godard
  • Berceuse de Jupiter, also known as the aria "Que Les Songes Heureux" from the opera "Philémon et Baucis", by Charles Gounod
  • Grieg Lyric Pieces Op. 38 No. 1
  • "Berceuse" from 114 Songs (1922) by Charles Ives
  • Berceuse by Armas Järnefelt 1904
  • "Berceuse" from 12 Transcendental Études by Sergei Lyapunov
  • Berceuse sur le nom de Gabriel Fauré by Maurice Ravel for violin and piano
  • One of the excerpts from The Firebird, a ballet by Igor Stravinsky
  • Berceuse for Solo Piano in A flat Major, Op. 72, No. 2, by Tchaikovsky
  • Berceuse (sur les paroles classiques), from 24 Pieces in Free Style, for organ, by Louis Vierne
  • Berceuse for Mallory, a big band jazz composition by Steve Spiegl


  • La Berceuse, a series of paintings by Van Gogh
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