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The shepherd's cradle song

First line:
O sleep thou heav’n-born treasure, thou
1817; Des Hirten Wiegenlied
author of text
German traditional
translator of text

Cradle songs and lullabies are common to most traditions of Christmas music, often enlisted into church service from the ranks of folksongs and popular melodies. The ancient German and Slavic custom of rocking the Christ-child, widely enacted during Christmas vespers and matins, was often accompanied by dancing and a ‘Wiegenlied’ or ‘cradle-song’. Karl Leuner’s Des Hirten Wiegenlied (The shepherd’s cradle song), to words by the poet and polemicist Christian Friedrich Daniel Schubart, was composed around 1813 and arranged almost a century later for unaccompanied choir by Charles Macpherson, the Edinburgh-born assistant organist of St Paul’s Cathedral, London.

from notes by Andrew Stewart © 2021


In the bleak midwinter
KGS0060-DDownload only Available Friday 5 November 2021


Track 14 on KGS0060-D [4'04] Download only Available Friday 5 November 2021

Track-specific metadata for KGS0060-D track 14

Recording date
1 December 2020
Recording venue
King's College Chapel, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Benjamin Sheen
Recording engineer
Benjamin Sheen
Hyperion usage
  1. In the bleak midwinter (KGS0060-D)
    Disc 1 Track 14
    Release date: 5 November 2021
    Download only Available Friday 5 November 2021
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