Berceuse, Opus 57
This impressionistic cradle song was composed by Chopin in 1843 and first performed by the composer in early 1844. It is one of only two pieces by Chopin with a descriptive title, implying that he had definite pictures in his mind while composing it. Berceuse, Op. 57 is centered around a one measure repeating bass figure, and a four measure theme which constantly evolves into a series of imaginative variations. Detailed performance notes are also provided in this informative edition.