"Cradle songs of my grief" are the words used by Brahms himself at several occasions to characterize his Intermezzi Op. 117. But Brahms would not be Brahms if he did not caustically add: "It is impossible to have it pass for a cradle song or lullaby. It would have to be called 'Cradle song of an unhappy mother' or of a disconsolate bachelor ..."
Ulrich Mahlert has revised this edition of the Intermezzi Op. 117 on the basis of the author's copy of the composer, and wrote a detailed and informative preface to the new edition.