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Golliwog's Cake Walk

By Claude Debussy

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Brass Quintet - Advanced - Digital Download
Composed by Claude Debussy (1862-1918). Arranged by F. Leslie Smith. Impressionistic, Ragtime, Children's Music, Recital. Score, Set of Parts. 24 pages. Published by Sweetwater Brass Press (S0.81109).

Item Number: S0.81109

     This is one of the brightest and quirkiest brass quintet arrangements of Debussy’s “Golliwog’s Cake Walk” available today. It is derived from the original piano score, and within each phrase the melody, the harmony and the rhythm figures have been carefully assigned to the instruments most appropriate to pitch and mood . . . with a few surprises! This piece is upbeat and fun, a real crowd pleaser. Claude Debussy’s Children’s Corner (L. 113), was published in 1908. Dedicated to the composer’s three-year-old daughter, it took the form of a suite for piano. “Golliwog’s Cakewalk” was the last of the suite’s six pieces. In the late 19th century, a set of popular children’s novels featured a black-face minstrel-style rag doll character called a Golliwogg [sic]. Also during that period, minstrel shows featured the cakewalk, a dance that involved elaborate strutting. Debussy framed the music in ragtime style, and the result has been described as “playful and angular.” It also translates perfectly for brass quintet.
    This arrangement was completed in 2012, and performance time runs about 2 minutes, 45 seconds. The arranger, Les Smith, will be happy to provide substitute parts (for example, treble clef baritone for euphonium) at no charge; contact him directly at For more arrangements by Les, enter "Sweetwater Brass Press" (without the quotation marks) in the SheetMusicPlus search box.

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