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A berceuse is "a musical composition usually in 6/8 time that resembles a lullaby". Otherwise it is typically in triple meter. Tonally most berceuses are simple, often merely alternating tonic and dominant harmonies; since the intended effect is to put a baby to sleep, wild chromaticism would be somewhat out of character. Another characteristic of the berceuse, for no reason other than convention, is a tendency to stay on the "flat side"; noted examples including the berceuses by Chopin, who pioneered the form, Liszt, and Balakirev, which are all in D♭.
- Wiegenlied (Brahms), a cradle song, is a berceuse; it is better known in English as Brahms's Lullaby
- Berceuse de Jocelyn, a tender lullaby from the opera "Jocelyn" by Benjamin Godard
- Berceuse (Chopin), "cradle song" for piano, composed by Frédéric Chopin
- Berceuse de Jupiter, also known as the aria "Que Les Songes Heureux" from the opera "Philémon et Baucis", by Charles Gounod
- One of the excerpts from The Firebird Suite, a ballet composed by Igor Stravinsky
- Berceuse sur le nom de Gabriel Fauré by Maurice Ravel for violin and piano
- Compositions by Ferruccio Busoni
- Berceuse, by Frank Bridge, is a piece for cello and piano
- Berceuse for Violin and Piano in D major, Op. 16, by Gabriel Fauré
- "Berceuse" section of Dolly Suite for Piano four-hands, Op. 56, No. 1, by Fauré. Sometimes transcribed for violin and piano; not to be confused with Fauré's Op. 16.
- Berceuse for Solo Piano in A flat Major, Op. 72, No. 2, by Tchaikovsky
- "Berceuse for the Infant Jesu" in A Little Suite for Christmas, by George Crumb
- Grieg Lyric Pieces Op. 38 No. 1
- Berceuse Heroique, for piano, by Claude Debussy
- Berceuse for an Unwanted Child (Reginald Foresythe) 1934
- Berceuse (sur les paroles classiques), from 24 Pieces in Free Style, for organ, by Louis Vierne
- Berceuse pour deux notes qui cornent (for two notes which continue), for organ, JA 7, by Jehan Alain
- berceuse. (2010). In Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary. Retrieved August 8, 2010, from http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/berceuse
- Jeremy Siepmann, The Piano: The Complete Illustrated Guide to the World's Most Popular Musical Instrument (1998), p. 67.