• 2(pic).2(ca).2(bcl).2/2221/timp.3perc/2hp.cel(pf)/str
  • 18 min

Programme Note

see Claude Debussy: Children's Corner, for orchestra

Claude Debussy
Children’s Corner
Orchestrated by Hans Abrahamsen

Dedicated with affection to Amalie Malling and Michael Schønwandt

I Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum
II Jimbo’s Lullaby
III Serenade of the Doll
IV The Snow is Dancing
V The little Shepherd
VI Golliwogg’s Cake Walk

The orchestration by Hans Abrahamsen of Children’s Corner by Claude Debussy was commissioned by Radio Kamer Filharmonie to celebrate Claude Debussy at 150 in 2012. Arranged in 2011, it was then premiered by the Radio Kamer Filharmonie conducted by Michael Schønwandt in Utrecht in February 2012.

Debussy’s six movement work for piano has been cherished the world over for its whimsical charm and the way in which they are evocative of childhood. Abrahamsen expands on these traits in his orchestration of the six little masterpieces; be it the mystical heaviness of Jimbo’s Lullaby, the icy pirouettes in The Snow is Dancing or the buoyant ending: Golliwogg’s Cakewalk.


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