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n. pl. ber·ceuses (-sœz′)
1. A lullaby.
2. A soothing musical composition, usually in 6/8 time.

[French, feminine of berceur, cradle rocker, from bercer, to rock, from Vulgar Latin *bertiāre.]


(French bɛrsøz)
1. (Classical Music) a cradlesong or lullaby
2. (Classical Music) an instrumental piece suggestive of this, in six-eight time
[C19: from French: lullaby, from bercer to rock]


(Fr. bɛrˈsœz)

n., pl. -ceuses (Fr. -ˈsœz)
2. a musical composition typically in 6/8 time and having a soothing character.
[1875–80; < French, derivative of bercer to rock]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.berceuse - a quiet song intended to lull a child to sleepberceuse - a quiet song intended to lull a child to sleep
song, vocal - a short musical composition with words; "a successful musical must have at least three good songs"
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Il est a la fois une symphonie, une berceuse et une danse.
Mon index te tapotait le dos pour te faire faire tes rots et parfois te pianoter la berceuse sur ta peau pour que tu te sentes aimee et aujourd'hui, tu me regardes en vaniteuse qui s'est decouvert, en rencontrant un miroir, qu'elle peut avoir du pouvoir sur ses maitres.
4 and the dreamy Berceuse in D-flat as more Romantic-era fare before launching into arguably the ultimate late-Romantic sonata: Rachmaninoff's No.
And I, too, have heard of the deadly lullaby phenomenon before, and the following account of a baffling berceuse is typical.
The triptych Van Gogh conceived for Gauguin--La Berceuse (1889) flanked by two Sunflowers --will only be displayed for the first hall of the exhibition, to be replaced by the pairing of two versions of Van Gogh's Bedroom in Arles.
This was delivered with sensitively observed, gold-plated tone, displaying a barely suppressed savagery in the King Kastchei dance, and in the bridge from Berceuse to Finale producing a pianissimo so tantalisingly quiet you could hear the proverbial pin drop.
The structural and emotional heart of the piece, though, is the central Berceuse, which in Mr.
The article goes on to say 'Lindley's playing of a berceuse of Godard's was excellent.
An anecdote describes how Chopin helped quiet rowdy children by first improvising a story and then lulling them to sleep with a berceuse (lullaby)- after which he woke everyone with an ear-piercing chord.
The tracks are "Au Fondu Lac" (3:10), "Vert" (0:26), "Des Promesses" (2:59), "La Berceuse du Vieux Voyageur" (3:05), "Si T'as Fini Avec Moi" (3:52), "Violet" (0:29), "Ouvre La Porte" (3:23), "Assis Dans La Fenetre de Ma Chambre" (1:40), "Les Jours Sont Longs" (4:43), "Valse du Vacher" (3:34), "La Valse de Gene Billeaudeaux" (1:56), "A Saint-Martin" (3:44), "Mon Tour Va Venir" (3:33), "Bleu" (1:46), "Toujours en Mouvement" (3:22), and "Rouge" (0:48).
Lullabies, or berceuse, a French word which means "cradle song," is believed to have emerged from the 19th century.
Finally, Stephen Hough celebrates the Chopin centenary with a collection of late masterpieces, the Barcarolle and Berceuse, some Mazurkas and Nocturnes and the centre piece is the 3rd Sonata.