Children’s Corner is a suite for solo piano by Claude Debussy dedicated to his daughter, Claude-Emma (known as “Chou-Chou”), who was three years old at the time. It was published in 1908, and was given its world première in Paris by Harold Bauer on December 18 of that year. There are six pieces in the suite, each with an English-language title. This choice of language is most likely Debussy’s nod towards Chou-Chou’s English governess. The pieces are:
– Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum (0:00) – Jimbo’s Lullaby (2:09) – Serenade for the Doll (5:47) – The Snow is Dancing (8:28) – The Little Shepherd (11:05) – Golliwogg’s Cakewalk (13:50)
Pianist: Benjamin Moser Picture: Children at the Beach at Guernsey, Pierre-Auguste Renoir.