The Book of Lullabies
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Lullaby is a genre which shares thematic material, is in a slow or moderate tempo and its melody puts stepwise motion and consonant intervals first. The Book of Lullabies is composed of two parts. Part One presents theoretical material related to lullabies. It considers what makes the lullaby unique, its characteristics and its general meaning. 100 popular lullabies from both Americas, Europe and former USSR are analyzed for their key, time signature, harmony, intervals used, tessitura, tempo and themes. Additional information regarding each lullaby is also included. Sixteen lullabies composed by composers are analyzed for their melody, harmony, time signature, tempo and other characteristics that make them unique. Part Two includes 16 lullabies composed by the author and puts them in context of existing lullabies. They are also analyzed for their key, time signature, harmony, intervals used, tessitura, tempo and themes.