On "Den Lille Ole med Paraplyen" -
Detail from an etching of Den Lille Ole med Paraplyen
by Vilhelm Pedersen (1820-1859).
A Danish text by Peter Lemche was set to music by Ole
Jacobsen in 1873, and begins: "Den lille Ole med paraplyen, / ham
kender alle småfolk i byen, / hver lille pige, hver lille dreng, / han
lægger sødt i sin lille seng." In English, "Ole, the little Sandman
with the umbrella, knows all the small folk in the town, every little girl,
every little boy, and stays with each in a little bed." As a lullaby, these
little variation on Jacobsen's melody move towards a whispered ending, as
the lullaby sings a child to sleep under the mythic shelter of that
pages, circa 3' 00" - an MP3 demo is here:
The score is available as a free PDF download, though any major
commercial performance or recording of the work is prohibited without prior
arrangement with the composer. Click on the graphic below for this piano
On "Den Lille Ole med Paraplyen"