Claude Debussy – Serenade of the Doll, from "Children's Corner" (2ND CHANNELSARY TRIBUTE)

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 given its world première in Paris by Harold Bauer on December 18 of that year. In 1911, an orchestration of the work by Debussy’s friend André Caplet received its première and was subsequently published. A typical performance of the suite lasts roughly 15 minutes.

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 and some of the toys in Claude-Emma’s toy collection.

Claude-Emma was born on October 30, 1905 in Paris, and is described as a lively and friendly child who was adored by her father. She died of diphtheria on July 14, 1919, scarcely a year after her father’s death.

This piece, in triple meter, is marked Allegretto ma non troppo (moderately fast, but not too fast). It is a description of an Oriental porcelain doll and features the Chinese pentatonic scale throughout. Debussy notes that the entire piece should be played with the soft pedal. Some pianists contend that Debussy really meant “Serenade For the Doll”.


Please take note that the audio AND the sheet music ARE NOT mine. Change quality to 480p if the video is blurry.

Original audio:
(Performance by: Tom Pascale)
Original sheet music:,_Claude)

NB. Sorry for the long delay of not making some audio + sheet music videos lately.

NB. Happy 2nd “youtubesary”, gsarci2011!


  1. Jeremy Darrow on November 5, 2021 at 10:36 am

    At 0:40, it really brings out the melody. Debussy really has a way with music.

  2. black swan on November 5, 2021 at 10:39 am

    is the fucking pedal broken?

  3. Commenting Channel on November 5, 2021 at 10:49 am

    Bruh this is hard AF to learn

  4. Ozage Sky on November 5, 2021 at 10:50 am

    Soon as possible ill try to do this music, so much fairy

  5. Wendy Kuang on November 5, 2021 at 10:50 am


  6. Happy Clips on November 5, 2021 at 11:00 am


  7. Alison Gee on November 5, 2021 at 11:06 am

    You obviously have no difficulties playing with expression at that tempo. I’m pretty sure it’s not meant to be that fast is it?

  8. Aairah Rizvi on November 5, 2021 at 11:21 am

    it says pp lol

  9. JVRaines on November 5, 2021 at 11:27 am

    Ritardando where Debussy said "No!" and then an improvised accelerando at the end. Not to my taste.

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