Paris: A. Durand & Fils [PN D. & F. 7188], 1908.
Folio. Original publisher's illustrated wrappers. 1f. (recto title, verso blank), 1f. (recto dedication and "Programme," verso blank), 28 pp.
With Debussy's own humorous illustration of a small elephant holding a large floating balloon in the shape of a face over a white speckled background to upper wrapper.
Wrappers slightly chipped at spine; partially detached. Minor internal browning.
First Edition, later issue). Lesure, 113.
The Children's Corner premiered in Paris at the Cercle musical, with Harold Bauer at the piano, on 18 December 1908. It was composed for Debussy's daughter Claude-Emma ("Chouchou"); the printed dedication reads "A ma chère petite Chouchou avec les tendres excuses de son père pour ce qui va suivre" (To my dear little Chouchou with tender apologies from her father for what follows).
"Debussy’s spontaneity and the sensitive nature of his perception facilitated his acute insight into the child mind, an insight noticeable particularly in Children’s Corner, a French counterpart to Mussorgsky’s song cycle The Nursery." Edward Lockspeiser in Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
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