Golliwog’s Cakewalk

from Children's Corner Suite

By: CLAUDE DEBUSSY
For: String quartet
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Composer
CLAUDE DEBUSSY
Arranger
Ivor Crocker
Year of arrangement
2005
Publisher
Difficulty
Moderate (Grades 4-6)
Duration
1 minute
Genre
Ragtime music and Classical music
License details
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This quirky, jazzy, ragtime-like tune comes from Debussy's Children's Corner Suite, written for his daughter Claude-Emma, whom he affectionately called Chouchou.

A fun tune for children of all ages!

Debussy's original title for this piece is one that would not be given today. The piece was written in a time of often overt racism where people of colour were stereotyped and mocked as objects of curiosity. However, we feel that Debussy's recognised love of embracing musical styles from many cultures suggests that here he is celebrating the new rhythms being heard in American Ragtime music. Here at dots 4 strings, we do find ourselves uncomfortable with the title, but believe that in the modern context of learning and discussion, we can enjoy this quirky little piece.

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