Berceuse (pronounced ber-süz) is a musical composition usually in ⁶/₈ time that resembles a lullaby. Berceuse derives from French bercer (to rock) and ultimately from the Old French bers (cradle).
A berceuse is a soothing, gentle refrain often set to a rocking rhythm usually in 6/8 time. Most berceuses are often simple in form, alternating tonic and dominant harmonies, since the intended effect is to soothe a baby to sleep.
The berceuse songs of Nature/ so softly and gently healing/ lulling the soul/ pulling the mind/ easing into a quiet divine./ How does it do it/ touch upon the yearning/reach into the depths/ deliver the spirit?/ Where can I find it/ this sheer peace on Earth/ this utter longing/ fulfilled with no dearth?/ In the berceuse songs of Nature, dear one/ in the in-between wilds/ where your heart belongs…Ella Patrice
My soul is burned, exhausted, and aching, and in this tormented tenderness there is a yearning for a gentle, soothing healing. As I was seeking out a balm, I happened upon the lovely word berceuse and I felt instantly beguiled. There are so many lullabies, so many soft, mellow refrains and melodies in this world, some human-made, others Nature born, and each a lovely antidote to the harshness of reality. I have begun tuning into and seeking out the various berceuse themes around me each day and in doing so I have been cultivate a sweet sort of peace and tranquility in my spirits. Perhaps a berceuse melody may ease any upsets you may be feeling and lull your spirits as well!
Namaste ~ Ella
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