Jeux d'enfants (Bizet)

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Jeux d'enfants ("Children's Games") Op. 22, is a set of twelve miniatures composed by Georges Bizet for piano duet (piano four hands) in 1871. The entire piece has a duration of about 23 minutes. The movement titles are as follows:

  1. L'escarpolette (The swing)
  2. La toupie (The top)
  3. La poupée (The doll)
  4. Les chevaux de bois (The hobby-horses)
  5. Le volant (Battledore and shuttlecock)
  6. Trompette et tambour (Trumpet and drum)
  7. Les bulles de savon (Soap bubbles)
  8. Les quatre coins (Puss in the corner)
  9. Colin-maillard (Blind Man's Bluff)
  10. Saute-mouton (Leap-frog)
  11. Petit mari, petite femme (Little husband, little wife)
  12. Le bal (The ball)

Bizet orchestrated five of these (Nos. 6, 3, 2, 11, 12) as the Petite Suite. The remaining movements were later orchestrated by Roy Douglas and Hershy Kay and the complete orchestral suite has been recorded.[1]

Sigfrid Karg-Elert wrote his orchestral suite after Bizet's Jeux d'enfants, Op. 21, in 1902.[2]

In 1955, George Balanchine choreographed the entire suite as the ballet Jeux d'enfants. In 1975 he made a new ballet, The Steadfast Tin Soldier, using only four of the movements.


  1. ^ Reference Recordings. Retrieved 6 December 2013
  2. ^ Suite after Bizet's Jeux d'enfants, Op.21: Free scores at the International Music Score Library Project

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