Berlin, Irving. (1888-1989)
"Russian Lullaby" - Signed Sheet Music
New York: Irving Berlin Inc.. 1927.
Desirable copy of one of Berlin's most famous songs, boldly signed "Sincerely Irving Berlin" in blue ink on the front cover. 5 pp. Light diagonal crease through front cover, else fine.
One of the most touching and impressive songs in Irving Berlin's oeuvre, "Russian Lullaby" was written in 1927 and first performed by Douglas Stanbury at the opening of Samuel Rothafel's Roxy Theatre in New York on March 11th 1927. It became one of the most popular hits of that year and one of the most often performed songs of the late 20s and early 30s. Lawrence Bergreen calls it a "quiet protest against repression in the Soviet Union" ("As Thousands Cheer," p. 275).