Children's Corner - petite suite pour piano seul
"For my precious pretty Chu-chu, with the following kind excuses of your father."
The Author's compliment attached to the preface of this suite.
Brief explanation :
After suicide-strife of his first wife Texier, Debussy divorced her in 1905 and elopementedly got married his 2'nd wife Emma - she was wife of a famous banker, Bardac. Before long, Debussy was finally given a child between her. The daughter was named Claude-Emma (her nickname was Chu-Chu...means like 'my pretty cabbage') when he was 43 years' old (1905 Oct.30th). It made him pleased greatly. We can easily suppose how much delight was by glancing our eyes over the name of his daughter. Before long, Debussy came to plan to compose some pieces for his first daughter. This is why this suite for piano solo came from. At first, 'Serenade of the doll' was composed and published via Ed.Durand in 1906 as a piece. A 6 pieces suite format went next in 1908. As you may know, Maurice Ravel also composed the same kind of suite around then (Ma Mere L'oye). However, unlike Ravel's one, this suite is not intend to be played by a child. Some hypothesis have tried to give reasons why the names of each piece are in English letter. Among those, the two hypothesis which intend to give the reason by checking the facts that 'his wife had taste of English and used to display a English picture in the daughter's room' and 'the housekeeper of Debussy family was English' were considered as the most confidented ones. Incidentally, one year after the death of the composer, Chu-chu also died in 1919 and the descent of Debussy family was ceased permanently. The original manuscript except for 'serenade' is stored in the National Library of letters in Paris. (2002.© K.S.)
|dates||Year of composing : From 1906 to September, 1908|
Year pf publishing : 'sérénade à la poupée' as a piece was published in 1906 (Ed. Durand). In a suite format was published in 1908 Sept. (Ed.Durand)
|duration||About 15 min. in sum (2min./3min./2min. /3min./2min./3min.)|
|1'st performance||Played by Harold Bauer (piano) in 1908 (12/18). At the concert of 'cercle musical', Paris.|
2001. 10. 13 : Japanese edition uploaded date
2002.11. 7 : english edition uploaded date
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