On Lullabies


No. 1 Busby Berkeley Dreams

Lullaby of Broadway

The strangely mesmerizing effect of synchronized dance in the 1940 musical. 

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No. 2 Frère Jacques

Leonard Bernstein uses Frère Jacques to explain what makes music symphonic (at 29 minutes in).

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No. 3 For Strings

Composed in 1919 while he was still a student, Gershwin's Lullaby moves slowly, softly ... hypnotically. 




No. 4 Don't Wake the Baby

A Harvard study shows the relaxing effect of lullabies in any language.

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No. 5 Guten Abend, Gute Nacht

Perhaps the epitome of a lullaby, the vocal version of Brahms "Wiegenlied Op. 49 No. 4" was written for Bertha Faber, a young mother from Germany, to sing to her newborn child. 




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