'Cello Solo, "Cradle Song"...Schubert
(Soloist, Frank Whitnall)
In 1908 Debussy wrote six of the most delicious little musical trifles that exist. The whole collection of these six he called Children's Corner, and each of them has an English title. They were written for the Piano, and have since been orchestrated.
M. Cortot, the famous French pianist, suggests that the choice of English names was intended as a gentle, good-humoured, ironic hint at the 'traditional English Miss'. He is probably right, but, at any rate, at the beginning of the book we find two little fat elephants, and between them the inscription: 'To my dear little Chouchou, with her Father's tender excuses for that which follows'.
The third of these six little pieces is called The Snow is Dancing, and very beautifully it suggests one of children's favourite fancies-the antics of the snowflakes as they fall delicately.
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