Children's Corner, No.6 The Golliwog's Cake-Walk

By: Claude Debussy
For: String quartet
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Composer
Claude Debussy
Year of composition
1906
Arranger
Difficulty
Difficult (Grades 7+)
Duration
3 minutes
Genre
Modern classical music
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Children's Corner was written for Debussy's three-year-old daughter, Claude-Emma (nicknamed "Chou-Chou"). The last movement, "The Golliwogg's Cake Walk", was inspired by American ragtime music, which, considered plebian in its native country, had taken Europe by storm. Debussy also managed a tweak at Wagner, by quoting the famous Tristan & Isolde theme, and following it with a pianistic chuckle. It's title comes from Golliwogg, a doll that was popular in Chou-Chou's day, and a popular children's game associated with the doll. The game involved walking to the music (the steps required are specific, and seeing kids perform them is adorable) and whoever looked most enthused about getting cake received a slice.

The Children's Corner Suite is certainly not characteristic of Debussy's ephemeral style (which by now had fully developed impressionistic qualities) however, it is a delightful work, and it showcases Debussy's ability to create unique tonal colours.

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