Wiegenlied (Cradlesong) by John Burgess Wilson to C. Looker, composed for piano

Scope and Content

The original score - of which this is a photocopy - is handwritten by Burgess and inscribed "Leicester, August 30th, 1952" followed by a quote from Rimbaud's Le Coeur supplicié, "Ithyphalliques et pioupiesques. / Leurs insultes l'ont dépravé!"

See also AB/ARCH/A/MUS/79: File containing fragments of unidentified scores for piano, or solo instrument and piano.

Administrative / Biographical History

Burgess dedicated the lullaby to his niece, Ceridwen (Looker), who was born in March 1952 to Burgess's sister-in-law, Hazel, and her husband, William Looker.

Wiegenlied formed part of a concert of piano, vocal and chamber music by Burgess that was held at Brown University, Rhode Island, America in February 1999. The concert was titled The Brides of Enderby.


BURGESS, Anthony: The Piano Music of Anthony Burgess. Performed by Richard Casey. (Prima Facie, 2016)