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Claude Debussy:

Non-Dancing Music Based on Dances

The last movement of Claude Debussy's Children's Corner is a cakewalk -- a dance done by African-American slaves on plantations. But Debussy didn't intend for anyone to dance to his cakewalk. Lots of other composers wrote music that wasn't meant for dancing, even though it was based on dances.

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Learn more about Claude Debussy

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This Week's Quiz

Orchestral Suites written in Europe hundreds of years ago were based on French court dances.

 True

 False

Where did the jig get its start?

 Germany

 Italy

 Ireland

 Spain

What dance did Haydn put in his symphonies?

 Gavot

 Minuet

 Waltz

 Jig

Classics For Kids

Our Shows

Claude Debussy:

Non-Dancing Music Based on Dances

The last movement of Claude Debussy's Children's Corner is a cakewalk -- a dance done by African-American slaves on plantations. But Debussy didn't intend for anyone to dance to his cakewalk. Lots of other composers wrote music that wasn't meant for dancing, even though it was based on dances.

Music heard in this episode:

Learn more about Claude Debussy

Classics For Kids


This Week's Quiz

Orchestral Suites written in Europe hundreds of years ago were based on French court dances.

 True

 False

Where did the jig get its start?

 Germany

 Italy

 Ireland

 Spain

What dance did Haydn put in his symphonies?

 Gavot

 Minuet

 Waltz

 Jig

 

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