Berceuse, completed on 30 July 1942 in the Catalan town of Roses, falls into the category of serious and introspective works that Josep Cervera-Bret wrote after 1940. These eschew the kind of demonstrative virtuosity that characterises many of his earlier works like the Tarantella and Carnaval de Venecia.
Berceuse demands a mature level of artistry, although it may prove technically accessible to intermediate players who love a musical challenge. It uses the whole range of the instrument, starting with the expressive middle register, progressing to the very top, skilfully exploiting harmonics while doing so. (The advanced use of harmonics is a particular feature of Cervera’s approach to writing for his instrument). It then returns via the middle to finish with poise in the bass.
Berceuse is predominantly wistful in character and although it passes through a more playful middle section, a hint of sweet regret is never far away.