Cradle Song

Composer James Williamson

This work is word-less, using only gentle “ah’s”.

When rocking my first-born Agnes to sleep, trying to remember words and melodies of lullabies was challenging. So much so, I would hum and improvise around half-remembered songs. Cradle Song takes this idea as a starting point. It is word-less, using only gentle “ah’s”. The same melody is repeated with both the piano and soprano echoing each other. This melody is punctuated with chords, whereby the bass notes spell out ‘Agnes’ (bar ‘n’). Overall, the idea of this gently undulating song is to emulate the sleep state between wakefulness and deep slumber, hypnagogia, where lucid dreams and hallucinations can occur.