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About 'Golliwoggs Cakewalk from Childrens Corner'
Debussy, Claude (biography)
1862 , St Germain-en-Laye
1918 , Paris
Among the most important 20th century composers, and the most influential. Often dubbed a musical impressionist, but his music always has a strong sense of form.
At the time of its composition, Golliwoggs 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 black-face minstrels of the time. This is a ragtime piece with its syncopations and banjo-like effects. |
The B section of this dance is interrupted on several occasions by the love-death leitmotif of Richard Wagner's opera Tristan und Isolde. Each quotation is followed with banjo imitations.
The cakewalk was a dance or a strut and the dancer with the most elaborate steps won a cake ("took the cake").
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