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TMS510-10
Written by Claude Debussy
Date 1908
Source Children's Corner (piano suite)
Publisher Marie-Auguste Durand

The Little Shepherd is one of six pieces from a suite written by Claude Debussy. Children's Corner was written for piano and dedicated to his three year old daughter in 1908. The suite is named as it is meant to be evocative of childhood, rather than having been written for children to play.

While orchestrated versions appeared as early as 1911, Jean-Pierre Rampal would play a transcription for solo flute in episode 510 of The Muppet Show. He initially plays for a robin who wishes to sit and listen in Rampal's dressing room, but he is soon joined by a small flock of birds for this sweet number.

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