Paris: A. Durand & Fils [PN D. & F. 7188 (VI)], ©1908.
Folio. Original publisher's illustrated wrappers. 1f. (recto title printed in red and black, verso blank), 1f. (recto dedication and "Programme," verso blank), 28 pp. Text in English and French.
With Debussy's own humorous illustration of a small elephant holding a large loating balloon in the shape of a face over a dark ivory background speckled with white to upper wrapper.
Wrappers slightly split and chipped at tail of spine; detached; previous owner's and publisher's handstamps to upper and flyleaf. 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. The work 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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