Igor Stravinsky

Berceuses du Chat (4), song cycle for voice & 3 clarinets or piano

    Description by Alexander Carpenter

    Igor Stravinsky's Cat's Cradle Songs (1915 - 16) comprise settings of four traditional Russian texts for alto voice and three clarinets. (Stravinsky also made a version for voice and piano.) Stravinsky scholar Eric White notes that the four songs -- "The Tomcat," "The Tomcat on the Stove," "Bye-bye," and "O Tomcat, Tomcat" -- clearly belong to the era of Pribaoutki (1914), Stravinsky's collection of nonsense songs composed in the Russian folk idiom. The Cat's Cradle Songs however, possess a terseness that is somewhat foreign to the idiom, perhaps foreshadowing the brevity and austerity of Stravinsky's soon-to-emerge Neoclassical style.

    The four songs explore the full range and expressive capabilities of the clarinets. With their sinuous melodic twists and turns, the songs are, in White' s words, "a most appropriate commentary on a domestic corner of the animal world."


    1. The tom-cat
    2. The tom-cat on the stove
    3. Bye-bye
    4. O tom-cat, tom-cat

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2016 ArcoDiva UP 0184
    2015 Sony Classical 88875026162
    2015 DG Deutsche Grammophon 002894794261
    2015 DG Deutsche Grammophon B002398272
    2012 Dux Records DUX 0903
    2010 DG Deutsche Grammophon 001660502
    2008 Naxos 8558186/7
    2007 Sony Classical Essential Classics 103112
    2007 Naxos 8557505
    2006 Windham Hill Records 702024
    2005 Talent Records 505
    2005 DG Deutsche Grammophon
    1998 Naxos 8 554367
    1995 MusicMasters 67152
    1995 Sony Music Distribution 46298
    1994 Praga 250057
    1991 Sony Music Distribution 46290
    Ades 20251
    Mezhdunarodnaya-Kniga 417126