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Claude Debussy: Children's Corner

Children´s Corner was written for Debussy´s three-year-old daughter, Claude-Emma (nicknamed "Chou-Chou"), and bears the dedication: "to my dear Chou-Chou, with the tender apologies of her father for what is to follow."
The pieces are not meant for children to play; rather they are meant to evoke the mood and essence of childhood. The titles, all of them in English, reflect both Debussy´s own affection for England, and Chou-Chou´s relationship with her English nanny.
The suite opens with a light-hearted parody of Clementi’s “Gradus ad Parnassum”, and closes with "Golliwogg´s Cake Walk", a piece inspired by American ragtime music. Its title comes from a doll, the “Golliwogg”, that was popular at the time.

Sheet Music Downloads:

TitleASTKey Published Type Level
Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum C Major 1908 Suite 7
Jimbo's Lullaby No. 2B-flat Minor 1908 Suite 7
Serenade of the Doll No. 3E Major 1908 Suite 7
The Snow is Dancing No. 4D Minor 1908 Suite 7
The Little Shepherd No. 5A Major 1908 Suite 7
Golliwogg's Cake Walk No. 6E-flat Major 1908 Suite 7

Posts in the piano forum about Children's Corner by Debussy:

xx Children's corner - recordings available
May 26, 2011, 01:34:36 PM by gerryjay

dear people of piano st.,
debussy's suite children's corner have had several recordings. i'm working on a research about the work and i must locate as many recordings as possible. so, i ask you: what recordings (CD, vinyl, tape, mp3, youtube) of children's corner do you know?

please notice that it is not a request for the recording itself, but the name of the pianist who did it, and further information (date, label, CD code, link) if available.

thanks a lot in advance! it will be mostly helpful.


xx debussy's children's corner - live in bangkok
March 29, 2011, 01:59:05 PM by tds

xx Debussy's Children's Corner
August 22, 2010, 06:55:32 PM by tds

From CD "Scenes of Childhood" (Teguh Sukaryo, pianist). Jakarta, 2010. Copyright reserved.

xx Debussy's Children's Corner
June 26, 2010, 01:15:42 AM by tds

Part of my national tour in Indonesia.

Children's Corner by Claude Debussy
Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum
Jimbo's Lullaby
Serenade of the Doll
The Snow is Dancing
The Little Shepherd
Golliwogg's Cakewalk

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