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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]
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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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Les spectateurs se sont laisses transporter par des melodies berceuses.
The bulk of Kapral's oeuvre is clearly formed by piano compositions (the cycle Lyrica, Nocturne, Berceuses de Printemps, Suita romantica, Miniatures, Fantasie, Dumka, Three Piano Pieces, four Sonatas and Sonatinas) and chamber music, with his three string quartets ranking among the finest Czech works created in the genre, comparable even with Janacek's acclaimed quartets, with the second and third (Autumn Song) written -evidently under Schoenberg's influence -for string quartet and voice.
It also includes Pribaoutki, Berceuses du chat, Four Russian songs, Four Russian peasant songs.