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Claude Debussy:
The Children's Corner

Claude Debussy had a daughter named Emma-Claude, but everyone called her Chouchou, a French pet name that means "darling." When Chouchou was three years old, she started taking piano lessons. Her proud father composed the Children's Corner as a present for her, even though it was much too hard for her to play at the time. The suite was meant to entertain Chouchou, since it starred her favorite toys.

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Music Composed for Children
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About Claude Debussy
8/22/1862 - 3/25/1918
Born in France

Claude Debussy really had a double first name: Achille-Claude. He was born in a suburb of Paris, and it was his aunt who first noticed how musical he was. She got him started taking piano lessons. When he was only ten, Debussy started studying at the very strict Paris Conservatory.

As a child, Debussy was fascinated by visual art, and as he grew up, he loved the new style called "Impressionism." Instead of painting realistic, lifelike paintings with hard outlines, Impressionists used thousands of dots, or many different shades of color to create the "impression" of what they wanted to depict. Debussy took that idea and applied it to music, creating Impressionism in music.

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This Week's Quiz:

1. Debussy wrote the Children's Corner Suite for his





2.The first movement of the Children's Corner Suite is about

the Eiffel Tower

gardens in Paris

practicing the piano

a playground

3. The last movement is called

Wild Horsemen

The Happy Farmer

Golliwog's Cakewalk

Hansel and Gretel


Claude Debussy
Children's Corner Suite

Composed in 1908
Performed by
Francois-Joel Thioller, piano

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