From the Arranger:
Gray Cat (Kotyku Sirenkyi)
In this hauntingly beautiful Ukrainian lullaby, the mother asks the cat to be still and purr so that the
baby can sleep. For refugees lullabies can serve as portable sanctuaries that can reestablish a sense
Sleep, Jesus, Sleep (Spy, Isuse, Spy)
In this lullaby in a comforting triple meter Mary sings baby Jesus to sleep. As she rocks him in her arms,
she refers to her baby as a lily (a symbol of purity), a pauper, and a star of heaven. She tells how Joseph
will nurture him bringing bread for sustenance. In the fourth verse Mary wishes to shield the baby from
the cross and suffering that are foreshadowed. She dreams of heaven and prays that she may find rest
beside Jesus both on earth and in heaven.
The Dream Passes by the Window Ukrainian (Oy Khodyt Son Kolo Vikon)
George Gershwin was said to have been deeply moved by this traditional Ukrainian lullaby when he
heard it performed at Carnegie Hall in 1929 by the Ukrainian National Chorus. The opening motif of
Summertime, which he began composing in December of 1933, is reminiscent of the beginning of the
Chords and dynamics are clean. Requires Bb and Eb. Also F#. No accidentals.