A lullaby in memory of the late Professor Nils-Axel Mörner

By Christopher Monckton of Brenchley

In response to the obituary of Professor Nils-Axel Mörner here, Robert Austin commented:

“Speaking of Bob Carter [the late geologist and friend of scientific truth], I still use Lord Monckton’s Bob Carter’s Peal as the ringtone for my cellphone. It is a lovely little piece, a moving tribute to Bob Carter and a recurring reminder of those scientists who have bravely taken the hard road of challenging climate dogma.

“No pressure, but any chance of a Mörner peal, Christopher?”

The late Professor Robert Carter.                  The late Professor Nils-Axel Mörner.

Mr Austin’s suggestion is an excellent one. Here, then, is the Laughing Angels’ Lullaby, a berceuse en carillon for the concert grand piano, dedicated to the immortal memory of Professor Nils-Axel Mörner.

“Laughing Angels’ Lullaby in C Major” from Oran Talaidh by Christopher Monckton of Brenchley. Released: 2020. Genre: Classical Berceuse en Carillon.

The piece, performed on a Shigeru Kawai 7 ft grand piano, exploits the particularly mellow resonance of that fine instrument when played in the key of C Major. The piano becomes a galloping, chuckling, gently repetitive peal of bells, exemplifying the continuous, bubbling merriment that Niklas brought to everything he did and everyone he met. O how I miss him already!

Beware of listening to the Laughing Angels’ Lullaby while driving, for it exploits a powerful soporific technique first developed by the Baroque harpsichordist François Couperin in his Ballet des Moucherons Ecossais to delight the Princes at the court of the Sun King, Louis XIV and then to put them to sleep at bedtime. If they had been diligent at their studies, Couperin would play it to them at breakneck speed and they would leap and dart about the music room whooping and buzzing like Scottish midges, falling suddenly and deeply asleep one by one.

A note from the Italian Ambassador at Versailles indicates that the Moucherons, when played live anywhere near a candle flame, silently snuffs it out. The ladies of the Court were terrified the first time it happened and it became a regular party piece in the salon. I have not experimented with that idea yet, though there is some evidence that Gavronsky (Gavreau) and Levasseur, who researched subsonic waveform propagation for the French Army at Marseilles in the 1950s, investigated it.

The pattern of Couperin’s insistent ostinato that I have adapted and deployed throughout the Laughing Angels’ Lullaby was imitated by one or two Classical composers, notably Schubert and Liszt. The technique took two years to learn before I could use it for composition.

Listen to this piece not only to remember Niklas Mörner but also to get to sleep if you are enduring a bout of insomnia. Lullabies composed using Couperin’s beautiful, double-handed ostinato as their thread have the reputation of giving those who hear them a good and peaceful night’s sleep. May Niklas sleep the long and easy sleep of the just.

He shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old. Age shall not weary him, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember him.

22 thoughts on “A lullaby in memory of the late Professor Nils-Axel Mörner

  1. So many thanks Monckton, beautiful lullaby and magnificent text.
    Nils-Axel Mörner deserves this well.

  2. Christopher,
    That is a beautiful lullaby. From a lover of classical, thank you for it.
    You have met the covid and you have won. For that, we also say “Thank you”.
    Geoff S

  3. Thank you for this delightful composition.
    A wonderful piece to have to hand to listen to when stressed.

  4. Thank you for this delightful composition.
    It would be a wonderful piece to help one relax when stressed.

  5. Thank you, Lord Monckton!
    An eloquent piece that speaks volumes about the sender and the receiver! Coming from a family with an opera singer and a classical pianist/teacher as members, I am always heartened to hear an accomplished performance! Perhaps I should breakfast with Beethoven or Debussy this morning!

  6. Lovely and healing. Yes, I can see that it could unwind a person and promote sleep. But it is also a wonderful, uplifting and fortifying way to start the day, as I sit in my dark house waiting for the sun to rise on this next day of the 2020 election chaos. Many thanks! Could you add a link to Bob Carter’s Peal for those of us who aren’t privy?

  7. Christopher,
    Thank you very much. It’s beautiful, and a very fitting tribute to a wonderful man who was also a great man of science.
    Chris

  8. Thank you for sharing this beautiful tribute Lord Monckton. To share something so personal is to bare your soul. He must have been a very special human being.

  9. I have it! It’s a beautiful piece of music, nicely played. So glad you have been so well taught ;-).

    I am more into Led Zep, AC/DC, Stevie Nicks BUT can always enjoy “a little Handel on my piano” (Everet).

    Or Fats Domino.

    So pianos have resonances, like a Gibson ES-335?

    This is really great. But I feel sad that tellers of truth to power with serious credibility may not be replaced, because government control the purse strings of academe, and does not allow the science it commissions to be “proven” by consensus to exploit for power and rewards it can be exploited to accrue to be questioned.

    I was just de-platformed by the IET because I offered to explain to fellow members and guests on a Zoom cast talk how the climate system actually works as a control sysem and what the observations of climate show, since records really began to today. They had hundreds of registrations from around the World and got cold feet, because…. Because activists protested and the institute referred de platforming a 50 year Chartered member presenting facts to upsetting activists. So I now know personally that this corrupted suppression of reality to promote deceit is endemic in the establishment science system

    SERIOUS QUESTION: Is honest deterministic science dying one coffin at a time?

    Are there honest scientists rising to replace such principled scientists, or has consensual science for easy reward triumphed, in its support for easy money and power based upon it, and the socialist Agenda 21 objectives? As Marijn Poels has hit on in his latest movie, Rteurn toEden” including a section on Agenda 21.

    https://twitter.com/marijn_poels/status/1316277285465583616?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Etweet

    Thanks again, fading now…. Brian. Age 77 3/4. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  10. Thank you for your delightful Laughing Angels’ Lullaby. What a world when we can have music any time we want it. I can’t remember the quote but I’m sure it was somebody’s idea of Heaven. I listened to your performance over breakfast. That kind of experience used to be reserved for kings.

    … Couperin’s insistent ostinato …

    A few times I have had a satori-like experience. The latest time, I was driving on a twisty road in a dark forest. Les Barricades Mysterieuses was on the radio and the volume was cranked. After the last sharp turn the road emerged into brilliant snow covered fields and blinding sunlight. Bam!

    Thank you Christopher for helping me remember that experience.

  11. Thank-you, a heart-felt rendition.
    A moving and effective lullaby in a major key.
    How fitting that it is such a joyful piece and also strongly reminiscent of the rolling sea.
    All streams flow into the sea,
    yet the sea is never full.
    To the place the streams come from,
    there they return again.
    Ecclesiastes 1, 7

  12. A wonderful piece – thank you very much – an excellent tribute to Prof. Mörner – a great person and scientist – never will forget our meetings in Berlin and last time in Porto – may he rest in peace

  13. You know, Chris, if the Nobel Peace Prize meant anything’ the Laughing Angels’ Lullaby – and you, dear sir, would be great contenders (as would the subjects of your musical obituaries). Thank you.

  14. Christopher,

    Beautiful piece of musical art. Also appreciate how the metadata was embedded into the .mp3 file.

    Thank you
    Yirgach

  15. Ah Lord Monckton such a moving and fitting tribute to Nil-Axel Morner. I so well remember your earlier tribute to Bob Carter and enjoyed making some visual animations to illustrate it at that time.
    This is also so very moving and beautiful.
    Thank you so much for sharing it with all of us here.
    Douglas Field

  16. A lovely tribute to a wonderful man of science from another true man of science.

    Thank you, Lord Monckton.

  17. Thank you LordMockton, the music was grand and the last paragraph of your post never fails to bring a tear to my eye.

  18. Many Thanks for this graceful musical epitaph in memory of the honorable deceased Prof. Mörner.

    Is it possible to get a download link of the sheet music for this piece?

    With kind regards, Gentle Tramp

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