Claude Debussy – Serenade of the Doll, from “Children’s Corner” (2ND CHANNELSARY TRIBUTE)

Children’s Corner (L. 113) is a six-movement suite for solo piano by Claude Debussy. It was published by Durand in 1908, and was given its world première in Paris by Harold Bauer on December 18 of that year. In 1911, an orchestration of the work by Debussy’s friend André Caplet received its première and was subsequently published. A typical performance of the suite lasts roughly 15 minutes.

It is dedicated to Debussy’s daughter, Claude-Emma (known as “Chou-Chou”), who was three years old at the time. The pieces are not intended to be played by children; rather they are meant to be evocative of childhood and some of the toys in Claude-Emma’s toy collection.

Claude-Emma was born on October 30, 1905 in Paris, and is described as a lively and friendly child who was adored by her father. She died of diphtheria on July 14, 1919, scarcely a year after her father’s death.

This piece, in triple meter, is marked Allegretto ma non troppo (moderately fast, but not too fast). It is a description of an Oriental porcelain doll and features the Chinese pentatonic scale throughout. Debussy notes that the entire piece should be played with the soft pedal. Some pianists contend that Debussy really meant “Serenade For the Doll”.


Please take note that the audio AND the sheet music ARE NOT mine. Change quality to 480p if the video is blurry.

Original audio:
(Performance by: Tom Pascale)
Original sheet music:,_Claude)

NB. Sorry for the long delay of not making some audio + sheet music videos lately.

NB. Happy 2nd “youtubesary”, gsarci2011!


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