On "Fais dodo, Colas mon p'tit frère"
18th century tune sings its lullaby: "Fais dodo, Colas mon p'tit frère. /
Fais dodo, t'auras du lolo." "Fais dodo" is patois "go to sleep" and
"Colas" is short for "Nicolas," as a sibling sings to a child of the
parents, that mother is upstairs baking cake, father is downstairs making
cocoa, and "you will have your milk."
Detail from a period engraving.
folk melody appears after a simple introduction, beginning at measure 10
with decorative counterpoint appearing above and below it, with a second
variation and final repetition one octave higher.
pages, circa 2' 45" - 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
dodo, Colas mon p'tit frère"