Wiegenlied, Op. 49, No. 4 (Johannes Brahms)

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Original voicing and instrumentation

  • (Posted 2009-08-27)  CPDL #20061:         
Editor: Juliane Claudi (submitted 2009-08-27).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 17 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: solo voice & piano in E-flat.
  • (Posted 2008-07-10)  CPDL #17492:  Network.png
Contributor: David Newman (submitted 2008-07-10).  Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 125 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Cross posting by Art Song Central.


  • (Posted 2015-12-25)  CPDL #37963:       
Editor: Angelina Figus (submitted 2015-12-25).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 97 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Arrangement by Angelina Figus for a boy choir and a little instrumental ensemble
  • (Posted 2008-05-01)  CPDL #16765:   
Editor: Arjen Bax (submitted 2008-05-01).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 44 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: arr. for SSA
  • (Posted 2004-01-14)  CPDL #06481:     
Editor: Jose Miguel Galan (submitted 2004-01-14).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 75 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Spanish (Canción de Cuna) choral arrangement for Solo voice and SATB by
Jose Miguel Galán
  • (Posted 2001-05-08)  CPDL #02605:  Network.png PDF and MIDI files available.
Editor: Eva Toller (submitted 2001-05-08).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 105 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Look for 'wgutenabend' file. Arrangement by Eva Toller for SATB, midi files available for each part

General Information

Title: Wiegenlied, Op. 49, No. 4 ("Guten Abend, gut’ Nacht")
Composer: Johannes Brahms
Lyricists: Georg Scherercreate page and Anonymous (in Des Knaben Wunderhorn)'’

Number of voices: 1v   Voicing: Solo medium
Genre: SecularLied

Language: German
Instruments: Piano, (see also a cappella arrangements above)

First published: 1868 in Fünf Lieder, Op. 49 (Five Songs); Berlin: Simrock’sche Musikhandlung
    2nd published: 1902 in Frauenchöre (Paul Manderscheid), no. 95
    3rd published: 1923 in Chorbuch des „Sängerhain“ 1923- (Ernst Dahlke), p. 129
Description: The 1st stanza text appears in ‘Des Knaben Wunderhorn’ III (1808), appendix ‘Kinderlieder’: ‘Gute Nacht, mein Kind!’;as well as in ‘Kinderlieder. Reime, Sprüche und Abzählverse’ (1848) by Karl Joseph Simrock. The 2nd stanza is by Georg Scherer (1849).

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Original text and translations

German.png German text

Guten Abend, gut’ Nacht,
Mit Rosen bedacht,
Mit Näg’lein besteckt
Schlupf’ unter die Deck’;
Morgen früh, wenn Gott will,
Wirst du wieder geweckt.

Guten Abend, gut’ Nacht,
Von Eng’lein bewacht,
Die zeigen [um]1 Traum
Dir Christkindleins Baum:
[Schlaf’ nun selig und süß,
Schau im Traum ’s Paradies.]2

1 Ives: „im“

2 Scherer: „Droben im Paradies / Schlaf nun selig und süß.“

  English.png English translation

Rest thee, darling, good night,
’Mid lilies of white,
Red roses I’ve spread
All over thy bed.
When the lark leaves its nest,
God shall wake thee from rest.

Rest thee, darling, good night,
Kind angels of light
With Jesus will keep
From evil thy sleep.
They will bring to my love
Pretty dreams from above.

alternate English translation:
The Lied and Art Song Texts Page
Spanish.png Spanish translation

Buenas noches mi amor
duerme bajo el rosal
con las manos en cruz
sobre corazón
que mañana con Dios
ya te despertarás.

Bueas noches mi amor
que tu ángel guardián
te dirá lo que has de ver
sobre cielo luz
duerme dulce mi bien
en la gracia de Dios.

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The Lied and Art Song Texts Page