By Gabriel Faure
Composed by Gabriel Faure (1845-1924). Edited by Howat. Sheet Music. Edition Peters #EP7624. Published by Edition Peters (PE.P07624).
Item Number: PE.P07624
Gabriel Faure composed two famous Berceuses, of which one - in D major, Op. 16 - was conceived for violin and piano (see our Anthology of Faure's pieces for Violin and Piano, EP 7515). This is the other one. Composed as a piano duet, it found fame as the opening movement of Faure's Dolly suite, Op. 56 - and for many English speakers, as the signature tune of the BBC's long-running children's programme 'Listen with Mother'. Faure was never a purist about transcriptions, and several of his pieces (not least his Pavane and Sicilienne) exist in various arrangements made or encouraged by Faure, responding to performing needs of the moment. (Roy Howat).