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A Lullaby, will take you to your childhood and to your joyful days. Lullaby builds bridges where there are memories and peace.

Peace starts with a lullaby for everybody. Lullaby brings love to a baby as well as happy memories to an adult. Every baby goes to bed hoping for a calm and loving lullaby.

Click on the arrow for examples of Lullabies.

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
is the most known English/American Lullaby.

All the Pretty Little Horses (or commonly known as "Hush A Bye (Baby))
This Lullaby was originated from an African-American slave woman who lost her baby while taking care of her master`s baby.

Hushabye Mountain
is a popular modern-day Lullaby

Dandini Dandini Dastana
is an old Turkish Lullaby which shows the cultural differences

WHAT IS A LULLABY?

Lullaby: A soothing, quiet, lovely song sung to lull a baby to sleep.


Description

Originally, a vocal piece designed to lull a child to sleep with repeated formulae; less commonly, it can be used to soothe a fractious or sick child.

Like the lament, with which it has much in common, the lullaby is usually (though not exclusively) sung solo by women and displays musical characteristics that are often archaic, such as a descending melodic line, portamento effects, stylized representations of sighing or weeping, and non-stanzaic text lines.

As with laments, the singer communicates in a direct, intimate manner that can be formalized and at the same time intense. Generically, lullabies have links not only with the lament but with vendors' cries, dance-tunes, serenades, prayers, charms, songs about the other world, and narrative songs. The use of ballad fragments has been noted especially in European and North American traditions: the Irish night-visiting song The Mason's Word, for instance, has been used as a lullaby.

Context and practice are not universally consistent: lullabies can be performed seated while cradling the infant in the lap, as in Samoa, or by the parents swinging the child slowly in an arc between them, as with the Ewe of West Africa. As regards the purpose of lullabies, those of the Hazara of Afghanistan, for example, are categorized as either 'functional' or 'stylized'; the former are sung by women to put small children to sleep, the latter by men for entertainment, often accompanied by a dambura (two-string fretless lute). They may also have more than one function: for the Hazara, lullabies not only send the child to sleep but can also act as a signal to the singer's lover. In the sub-Arctic Algonkian area, the bebe ataushu repertory is predominantly private, women's music. For the Navajo, lullabies are one of a number of non-ceremonial types of traditional song. In Italy, lullabies have been classified as magical (directly involving sleep), erotic (explicit love songs) or di sfogo ('outlet', 'venting'), in which the female singer laments her own or the human condition. Textual analysis of Japanese lullabies suggests a close connection between the manner of performance of lullabies and magic.

Textual formulae and refrains can be used, like 'fatta la ninna' ('rock-a-bye') in Italian lullabies, to ward off evil and invoke divine help, and can vary, in the vowel set of the refrain, within regions of a country such as Spain. They can cross cultural boundaries, as in 'ninna-nanna' (Italy), 'nani, nani' (Albania), and 'ljulja nina' (Bosnia-Hercegovina). Formulae appear again in the imagery and repeated diminutives of a Zuñi lullaby ('little boy, little cotton-tail, little jack-rabbit, little rat'), and melodically, in the same lullaby, with a range of just two notes. The Hazara texts contain the sounds 'lalai' or 'lalu' along with the interjection of terms of endearment such as 'my sweet' or 'my eyes'. The sound effects of the lullaby sometimes take precedence over meaning, with words being deliberately altered to produce assonant, mellifluous sounds. Lullabies among the Tuareg differ from other women´s songs in their more supple style, the use of semitones and a dissymmetric structure subordinate to the demands of improvised texts. The melody invariably moves within a fairly narrow range of a 4th or 5th, but can have, as in Norway, great melodic and rhythmic flexibility within a few common formulae.

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The words of the lullaby can instil cultural values or incorporate the fears of the parent.

Imagery involving the wolf in southern Italian lullabies suggests the need to cope with life´s harsh realities; it may also represent violence and dominance. The 'lullaby' can, indeed, convey a plurality of messages in its text and style: one Gaelic-text lullaby ostensibly contains information, sung to another woman washing clothes, about the singer´s abduction by fairies and the breaking of the spell (to be accomplished by her husband). The abducted woman lulls a fairy child to sleep by means of repetitive musical phrases, suggesting to the fairies that all is well. The 'narrative' message is to the other woman. In reality, however, the song itself tells listeners of the woman´s plight. The lullaby text, therefore, can be creatively complex; matched to formulaic snatches of melody it can result in a rich and eloquent musical genre.

The lullaby as a vocal (with or without accompaniment) or instrumental piece appears in art music of all periods; examples are found in medieval carols with 'lullay' burdens, in 18th-century choral music, 19th-century lieder, and 19th- and early 20th-century piano pieces. See Berceuse and Wiegenlied.

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Lullaby, as an alternative medicine.
Lullabies are used in pregnancy and birth sessions against pain, morning sickness and birthing fears and phobias.

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Lullaby, as a socialization tool.
Lullabies are used to introduce babies to the language of society.

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Lullaby, as a source of peace and happiness.
Doctors, Child and Developmental psychologists agree on singing is being the best way to regulate children's emotions. Because a mother singing to her baby immediately increases the serotonin levels in child`s brain. Serotonin is well known "happiness hormone"

ORIGINS AND HISTORY

Origins Of The Word Lullaby


The word "Lullaby" is coming as a mix from two different origins. Ancient Jewish and Turkish cultures. One can see the word "Lilith-bye" in old hebrew inscriptions. Lilith, from Jewish mythology was believed to be a female demon who was stealing babies. Jewish people in ancient times used to put four amulets (an ancient item for good luck) on their nursery walls with the inscription "Lilith - abi!" (Lilith - begone)

Ancient, Old and Modern Lullabies


"9th Century Old High German lullaby (Althochdeutsches Schlummerlied)" - "Baa, Baa, Black Sheep" , an English Lullaby of 1761 and In My Arms by Plumb (2007)

Video Examples of Lullabies

AMERICAN LULLABIES

  • Rock-a-bye Baby Even though it was originated from London in 1765, this lullaby is one of the most popular lullabies in US.

  • Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Since the 18th century England, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star was always the most famous Lullaby in English speaking countries.

  • Hush, Little Baby The author and the date are unknown. However Mockingbirds are from American continent. Therefore this Lullaby is believed to be American.

  • All the Pretty Little Horses (or commonly known as "Hush A Bye (Baby))This Lullaby was originated from an African-American slave woman who lost her baby while taking care of her master`s baby.

LULLABIES FROM AFAR


Lullabies in Different Countries

Lullabies in European Countries

Albania | AustriaBulgaria | Finland | France | Germany | Greece | Iceland | Ireland | Italy | Netherlands | Norway | Poland  | Romania | Russia | Spain | Turkey | United Kingdom

Lullabies in Asian Countries

Afghanistan | Arab Countries | Armenia | China | India | Indonesia | Iran | Japan | Kazakhstan | KoreaMalaysia | Mongolia | Pakistan | Philippines | Singapore | Sri Lanka | Thailand | Uzbekistan | Vietnam

Lullabies in African Countries

Algeria | Cape Verde | Ethiopia | Kenya | Morocco | Mozambique | Namibia | Nigeria | Senegal | Somalia | South Africa | Sudan | Swaziland | Tanzania | Togo | Tunisia | Uganda | Zambia | Zimbabwe

Lullabies in South American Countries

Argentina | Bolivia | Brazil | Chile | Colombia | Ecuador | Peru | Uruguay | Venezuela

Lullabies in North American Countries

The Bahamas | Canada | Costa Rica | Cuba | Dominican Republic | El Salvador | Greenland | Guatemala | Haiti | Honduras | Jamaica | Mexico | Nicaragua | United States of America

Lullabies in From The Rest Of The World

Australia | Eskimo | Aborigine | Native American | Gypsy | Arabic
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