HN382

Debussy: Children's Corner

Little Suite for Piano

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  • Composer: Claude Debussy
  • Editor: Ernst-Günter Heinemann
  • Fingering: Hans-Martin Theopold
  • Introduction: François Lesure
  • Instrumentation: Piano
  • ISMN: 979-020180382-1
  • Size: 9.3 x 12.2 inches
  • Pages: 30
  • Urtext / Critical Edition

Description

This "Little Suite" was published in 1908 and was dedicated to the composer's then three-year old daughter: "To my beloved little Chouchou with the tender excuses of her father for what follows below". The first movement, Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum, alludes to a study by Muzio Clementi. The titles of pieces two through six can be traced back to Debussy's love of everything English. Although the music addresses childish fantasy, at the least a talented amateur is required to perform it. The well-known sixth piece, Golliwogg's Cakewalk, is in ragtime style and shows Debussy's easy-going approach to popular trends in music. Children's Corner was immediately extremely successful and has been arranged for various groups of instruments.