or Cradle Song
is the common name for a number of children's lullabies
with similar lyrics
and the same melody
, the original of which was Johannes Brahms
' Wiegenlied: Guten Abend, gute Nacht
("Good evening, good night"), Op. 49, No. 4 (published in 1868). The first verse is taken from a collection of German folk poems called Des Knaben Wunderhorn
; the second stanza was written by Georg Scherer (1824–1909) in 1849. The lullaby's melody is one of the most famous and recognizable in the world, used by countless parents to sing their babies to sleep.
Brahms's Lullaby is also commonly sung to the Hebrew words of Jacob
's blessing to his grandchildren, Ephraim
, in . This blessing is incorporated into the "Bedtime Shema
" and has thus become a popular Jewish Lullaby (Hamalach hagoel oti...
In 1922, Australian pianist and composer Percy Grainger
arranged the Wiegenlied
as one of his "Free Settings of Favorite Melodies" for solo piano. This study was characterized by much use of suspension
, with the first statement of the melody placed in the tenor range of the keyboard. This last practice was a favorite one of Grainger.
- Ould, Barry Peter, Notes for Hyperion CDA67279, Percy Grainger: Rambles and Reflections – Piano Transcriptions, Piers Lane, piano.