Sleep Softly: Classical Lullabies by Brahms, Schubert, Satie, Debussy…


Songs performed by L’Ensemble Agora  |  Illustrations Élodie Nouhen


This selection of beloved melodies from some of the world’s more revered composers, including Brahms, Schubert, Ravel, and Debussy, will lull babies into a sweet, blissful sleep. Along with the whimsical, dream-like illustrations, the storybook and accompanying CD feature 16 classical lullabies orchestrated for a wind quintet and harp performed by the critically acclaimed L’Ensemble Agora. In addition, a brief commentary accompanies each featured musical work.  (Ages 0-3)
The Secret Mountains’ Sleep Softly: Classical Lullabies by Brahms, Schubert, Satie, Debussy… is a beautiful book and music CD set.  The book features dreamy illustrations by Elodie Nouhen accompanied by explanatory notes describing the composition and arrangement of each recording.  The illustrations are  whimsical with muted colours that are very much reminiscent of a dream.  Absolutely gorgeous and perfect for bedtime.

Keira flipping through the pages of the book as we listen to the CD together.  She really enjoys taking in all the details and it seems to have a calming effect on her.

The Music CD was recorded in France with the acclaimed quintet Ensemble Agora and contains sixteen classical lullabies orchestrated for a wind quintet and harp performed by the critically acclaimed L’Ensemble Agora.   This is such a relaxing collection of classical lullabies perfect for sending a newborn off to sleep but equally as sleep inducing in older children and adults.
1. Barcarolle 2.22 Jacques Offenbach
2. Après un rêve (After a Dream) 3.08 Gabriel Fauré
3. Von Fremden Ländern (Of Foreign Lands) 1.30 Robert Schumann
4. La boîte à Joujou (The Toybox) 1.16 Claude Debussy
5. Gymnopédie No. 1 3.24 Eric Satie 
6. La poupée (The Doll) 2.07 Georges Bizet
7. Sändmannchen (The Little Sandman) 2.31 Johannes Brahms
8. Wiegenlied (Lullaby) 0.56 Johannes Brahms 
9. Solveig’s Song 3.16 Edvard Grieg
10. Schlafe, mein Prinzchen, schlaf ein (Sleep, My Little Prince, Fall Asleep) 0.48 Bernard Flies
11. Ständchen (Serenade) 4.17 Franz Shubert
12. Gute nacht (Good Night) 2.48 Franz Shubert
13. Pavane de la Belle au bois dormant (Sleeping Beauty’s Pavane) 1.46 Maurice Ravel
14. Feuillet d’album (Album Leaf) 1.46 Emmanuel Chabrier
15. Dors, ami (Sleep, my friend) 0.52 Jules Ma
What is your favourite Classical Lullaby?

15 thoughts on “Sleep Softly: Classical Lullabies by Brahms, Schubert, Satie, Debussy…

  1. I don’t have a favorite but classical lullabies were great when my boy was born! I’m always recommending people put on classical music for babies/kids. Even at playtime instead of t.v…

  2. Not sure why, but we’ve always used Debussy’s Clair de Lune as a lullaby for our girls. It’s one of our favorites. 🙂 This collection looks great- I’ll have to keep it in mind for baby shower gifts.

  3. My son has played classical nusic on his guitar to his DD since she was in the womb. I am looking for this lovely set for GD’s first birthday! tysm 🙂

  4. I grew up on the classics and still love those old lullabies–all of them. They are so soothing and will stay with your little one for life.

  5. I don’t think I have a favorite classical lullaby, but I do think that playing soothing music really does help the kids to fall asleep easier! This sounds like a great set!

  6. My favorite Lullaby is :Hush, Little Baby, Don’t you cry… I don’t think this is a classical one. I love the CD you mention and I am so happy you told me about it. The child can look at the accompanying book and have some idea of what the words mean. Thank you for giving us this information.

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