Vuggesang / Cradle Song for Organ solo by Peter Bruun (2016).
The piece is based on Martin Luther's hymn "Vom Himmel Hoch".
Dedicated to Vibeke Vanggaard.
'Peter Bruun's cradle song Vuggesang is an inventive and refreshingly unconventional set of variations on 'Vom Himmel Hoch'. There are some fascinating textures here and the whole thing is a far cry from a dutiful neo-classical perusal of stock partita motifs - the crystalline final variation, which disappears into nothing in the final bars, is especially striking. Numerous rhythmic complexities throughout the score will need thought, but the piece will reward the diligent.' - Stephen Farr, Choir & Organ Magazine
'Organ music makes up only a small part of Danish composer Peter Bruun’s (b. 1968) varied output. Nonetheless, Vuggesang (‘Cradle Song’) from 2016 is idiomatically and sympathetically written for the organ: a series of five variations on Luther’s hymn Vom Himmel hoch that affords variety of texture, colour and mood. A clear head is needed to negotiate some of the rhythmic complexities, but this is a fine work for the Christmas season that will reward performer and listener.' - Sunday by Sunday