While lullaby melodies are part of the community's musical heritage, their texts, which are greatly varied and voluntarily influenced by poetry, are open to broad individual improvisation. To lull her child to sleep, this mother compares him to the moon of the winged termites and beseeches him not to leave her later on once he has grown up. Karen Matheson is the lead singer of one of Scotland' most popular bands.
She's been eprfoming Gaelic musics since she was a child. It was written in the s originally. In it, Matheson sings "Who will play the silver whistle? Since the song of my king has come to Scotland on a great ship with masts of silver. Welcome, welcome, may you be desired and famous.
In this lullaby, a mother, Wewa Miriewa sings a hypnotic repetitive lullaby to put her child to sleep. Lullabies are often sung by the child's big sister or by an old woman who stays behind at the house whilst the mother is working in the garden. If two girls or women stay home they can sing the lullaby in two parts. In this lullaby the singer asks the baby to stop crying and sleep quietly as the mother has gone to work in the garden.
The same short phrases are sung in two parts to another melody in the second lullaby. Recorded in Malaita, Solomon Islands in Last month Irish poet Micheal O'Siadhail gave a reading at my Boston-area college which included this poem on the nonsense syllables of lullabies in the world's many languages, sung to the world's many darlings. LullabyStains are in, stains are in, The instant our songs beginTo rockabye my darling baby Dreaming up worlds of maybe.
Then byssa, byssa barnet Beddie byes my snowy Arne,Quieter now and slumber-bound, Rest in lulls of milky sound. Ninna nanna, ninna My friend Tyler just had a baby a few months ago. I shared on my Facebook page that we were doing this project with lullabies — and he mentioned he'd recently been browsing iTunes for lullabies.
He said he kept coming across songs from bands like Led Zeppelin, Metallica and Pink Floyd — but turned into a lullaby. Take a listen. And if you're wanting to compare, A woodwind quintet performs this historic Irish lullaby, courtesy of Richard Kearns at Wikimedia Commons.
Later, I learned this was the most traditional song she ever sang to us and not a song she'd made up just for her children. No one in my family knows when "Old Grumble" came into the family. Over 4 generations know this song, now. We know it is a dark song, odd, and not really suitable as a lullabye. Old Grumble is a ghost, after all, who rises up and knocks an old lady down. The last verse about "if you want any more, you can sing it your self" seems to be the perfect tired parent's response This song is about a girl whose boyfriend is very sick.
She sends for the doctor to save him. His name is Vaiao. Recorded in Samoa in I don't have any children of my own, but thinking of these tender little ones inspired me to write a lullaby or two for the day that I will.
I was one of 10 children and my mother used to sing this as a way of giving comfort. Before she died, I did a little video of her sharing a snippet of it. Rickie Lee often plays this today. It just shows how lullabies are passed on from generation to generation. The cycle of life passes from lovers, to married with children, to grandparents and then oblivion. You can sing the last part as sadly drawn out to the point it makes the child laugh at the ridiculousness.
My mother sang this song to us at night. We requested it often. I loved the image of the old baboon combing his hair by the light of the moon. And we always laughed gently about the poor monkey's mistake. I wrote this song in late , when my kids were nearly grown. It's one of the few songs that I wrote from the guitar notes, rather than starting with a lyrical phrase as I usually do.
The notes suggested a lullabye, and that's what it became. For me, it was deeply resonant with that feeling of love for my children, and brought memories of when I did, indeed, hold them and sing and rock them to sleep.
I learned this from my mother-in-law after my first child was born in She may have learned it from her involvement in the folk music revival of the 50s and 60s. I just met my twin 2 month old granddaughters for the first time - they liked this lullaby too! One from a disc of sweet nurturing essence. Lay back into this one. Let it embrace you and your child. Feel safe and loved again This is a nice article and I appreciate the notes about family. She was my 2nd Great-grandmother and it honors me to see her story still out there.
In response to the other comments, I am unaware of any songs recorded in Yiddish. While she had Jewish ancestry and possible upbringing, she was not of the Jewish faith later in life. I would be glad to help answer any other questions about her if I can. Feel free to contact me at Heinkman aol. I believe I have a ring that once belonged to your your second great grandmother. It was purchased in New York at an auction by my grandmothers family.
It has a big opal and diamonds. Do you have any info about it? I've heard today on a French radio about her, and that she sang, and perhaps recorded Yiddish songs, which I would be interested in listening to.
Could someone add information about it? Schumann-Heinke was a very distant relative of mine. I have a photograph of her and several family members taken at the wedding of her grandson in June Schumann-Heinke was a by Marcia. Hello, I am including Ernestine's story in a book I am writing. How exciting to find someone who is related to her!
I have 2 original photos of Ernestine in Washington state planting a tree because she was a Gold Star mother. Who would I contact to find out more about these photos. They were taken by Simmer Studio on May 10, All Categories. Arts and Literature. Earth and Geography. Life Processes. Living Things Other. Philosophy and Religion. Science and Mathematics. Sports and Recreation. Featured Media. Subscriber features. Print Subscriber Feature. Email Subscriber Feature.
In , Ernestine gave her first professional performance age 15 as alto soloist in Beethoven 's Ninth Symphony in Graz. In she married Johann Georg Ernst Albert Heink — , secretary of the Semperoper , the Saxon State Opera Dresden; this violated the terms of their contracts, and both had their employment abruptly terminated.
Ernestine remained in Dresden to pursue her career, and eventually rejoined her husband when she secured a position at the Hamburg Opera. Ernest Heink was again thrown out of work when Saxons were banned from government positions, and departed to Saxony to find work. Ernestine, pregnant, did not follow him; they were divorced in when Ernestine was thirty-one years old. She left the production after 50 performances and soon returned to opera. Her breakthrough into leading roles was provided when prima donna Marie Goetze argued with the director of the Hamburg opera.
He asked Ernestine to sing the title role of Carmen , without rehearsal, which she did to great acclaim. Schumann-Heink replaced Goetze as Ortrud in Lohengrin the following evening, one more time without rehearsal, and was offered a ten-year contract. However, Ernestine had to withdraw from these performances due to the coincidence with the birth of her fourth child, Hans, in November of After the divorce from her first husband, she married with Paul Schumann, an actor and director of the Thalia Theater in Hamburg in This last boy was born in New York City, named by her good-humored mother with suggestion of the doctor who delivered the baby.
It was a happy family. Paul died in Germany, 28 November Schumann-Heink performed with Gustav Mahler at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden , during the Hamburg company's London season in , and became well known for her performances of the works of Richard Wagner , forging "a long and fruitful relationship with [the Annual] Bayreuth [Wagnerian music Festival]" that "lasted from to ".
Ernestine's first appearance at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City was in , and she performed regularly there until She recorded the first of her many musical "gramophone" performances in Several of these early sound recordings originally released on 78 RPM discs have been reissued on CD format. Although there are some imperfections in her singing, her musical technique still leave a deep impression on the audience.
On 11 February , Ernestine became an American citizen. Helix — in Grossmont , purchased by her in January , where she would live for most of her life. Her residence there is still standing.
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