Golliwogg's Cakewalk (arr. Lewis)

From Wind Repertory Project
Claude Debussy

Claude Debussy (arr. Brian Lewis)

General Info

Year: 1908 / 2004
Duration: c. 2:55
Difficulty: II-1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Piano
Publisher: Alfred Music Publishers
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $58.00   |   Score Only (print) - $6.00


Full Score
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F
Trombone I-II
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Snare Drum
  • Tambourine
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


  • The title of this work uses the spelling "golliwogg." The more common spelling is "golliwog," and other arrangements of this work use that spelling.

Program Notes

Children's Corner, L. 113, is a six-movement suite for solo piano by Claude Debussy. It was published by Durand in 1908, and was first performed by Harold Bauer in Paris on 18 December that year.

At the time of its composition, golliwogs were in fashion, due partly to the popularity at that time of the novels of Florence Kate Upton ("golliwog" is a later usage). They were stuffed black dolls with red pants, red bow ties and wild hair, somewhat reminiscent of the blackface minstrels of the time. The cakewalk was a dance or a strut, and the dancer with the most elaborate steps won a cake ("took the cake"). The piece is a ragtime with its syncopations and banjo-like effects. The dynamic range is quite large and very effective. During the piece, Debussy alludes satirically to Richard Wagner's opera Tristan und Isolde.

- Program Note adapted from Wikipedia


State Ratings

  • Mississippi: III-A


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