Brahms’ Lullaby


A simple but elegant setting of Brahms’ Lullaby.  The first verse is sung in two parts, with the famous melody harmonized in thirds and sixths.  The second verse is sung in three parts, set in such a way that one voice is always holding a steady tone against which the other two voices move, again harmonizing the melody in thirds and sixths.  A brief coda in thirds bids a final winsome “lullaby and goodnight.”

A licensed copy is required for each member performing.



My friend Harriet Fraser and I both responded to the stress of the pandemic by sharing “peace of mind” — she by singing to her children, and I with my Facebook community through nightly piano “vespers.” One night I played the Welsh lullaby All Through the Night, and Hatty reached out to ask if I could set it for voices so that she could record it to share with her family in England. A project was born, resulting in twelve a cappella arrangements which Hatty recorded. After casting about for a suitable name, we simultaneously realized, on the same day — without mentioning it to the other — that perhaps it should be simply named PEACE.


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SSA a cappella (Peace Collection)

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