Sheet Music: Golliwogg's Cakewalk

TitleGolliwogg's Cakewalk
from Children's Corner
Alternate titlesGolliwog's Cake-walk
Opus numberL. 113
ComposerClaude Debussy (1862–1918)
InstrumentationFlute quartet
KeyF major
Time signature2/4
Tempo108 BPM
Performance time2:40
Difficulty leveladvanced
Download printable scorePDF Sheet Music (176 kB) (preview)
Download audio tracksMIDI (change tempo/key) MP3 (1.3 MB)
Play-along accompanimentMIDI (change tempo/key) MP3 (1.3 MB)
Date added2009-07-26
Last updated2009-07-26
Download popularity index☆☆☆☆☆ 4.8 (popular)
20th century, Cakewalk


There are no recordings for this tune yet. Submit yours!

Sunday 26 July 2009

Tune of the Day: Golliwogg's Cakewalk

from Debussy's “Children's Corner”, arranged for flute quartet

Children's Corner is a suite for solo piano by Claude Debussy, completed in 1908. It is dedicated to Debussy's daughter, Claude-Emma (known as “Chou-Chou”), who was three years old at the time. The pieces are not intended to be played by children; rather they are meant to be evocative of childhood. There are six pieces in the suite, each with an English-language title, a choice reflecting Debussy's anglophilia.

The last piece, “Golliwogg's Cakewalk”, is the most rhythmic piece of the collection, inspired by the lively Afro-American cakewalk dance. Debussy imagined it being danced by Golliwogg (aka Golliwog), a character of children's literature, inspired by a blackface minstrel doll.

The middle section of this cakewalk is jokingly interrupted on several occasions by quotations of the opening of Richard Wagner's opera Tristan und Isolde, marked avec une grande émotion (“with great feeling”). Each quotation is followed by a sort of musical chuckle in staccato chords.

Other Movements from the same Work

5.The Little Shepherd Flute & Piano
6.Golliwogg's Cakewalk Flute quartet