Berceuse in B flat Major for Violin & Piano, Op.38
During the third quarter of the 19 century, when the French only seemed interested in opera, Camille Saint-SaŽns (1835-1921), almost single-handedly, attempted to make the case for chamber music, which so many of his countrymen continued to think of as something German. Although famous for his larger orchestral works and instrumental concertos, he devoted a great deal of time and effort to writing chamber music. Not only does he have two string quartets to his credit, but he also wrote three works for piano trio, a quintet for piano, two violins, viola and cello, but also sonatas and instrumental works.
The Berceuse for Violin and Piano was composed in 1871 and dedicated to the violinist Paul Viardot, son of the famous singer Pauline Viardot. It is a clam, serene work, but its simple melody has a indelible memorable quality which made it one of his best loved works.