Children's Songs (Chick Corea album)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Children's Songs
Chick Corea Children's Songs.jpg
Studio album by
RecordedJuly 1983
GenreJazz, Classical
ProducerManfred Eicher
Chick Corea chronology
Lyric Suite for Sextet
Children's Songs
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3.5/5 stars[1]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide3/5 stars[2]

Children's Songs is an album by Jazz pianist Chick Corea, released in 1984.

Children's Songs mainly consists of short songs with simple themes. There is little development in the pieces, which capture a variety of melodies and moods. Corea began writing the first song in 1971.

In the preface of the annotated version Corea stated that he aimed "to convey simplicity as beauty, as represented in the Spirit of a child".

There are stylistic and structural parallels to the cycle Mikrokosmos, by Béla Bartók, including:

  • use of the pentatonic scales
  • employment of unusual time signatures and cross-rhythms
  • expressing a complex variety of atmosphere in a relatively short time
  • increasing difficulty and complexity through the sequence

Track listing[edit]

  1. "No.1"
  2. "No.2"
  3. "No.3"
  4. "No.4"
  5. "No.5"
  6. "No.6"
  7. "No.7"
  8. "No.8"
  9. "No.9"
  10. "No.10"
  11. "No.11"
  12. "No.12"
  13. "No.13"
  14. "No.14"
  15. "No.15"
  16. "No.16 & 17"
  17. "No.18"
  18. "No.19"
  19. "No.20"
  20. "Addendum" - (for violin, cello and piano)



  1. ^ Nastos, Michael G. "Chick Corea: Children's Songs - Chick Corea | AllMusic". Retrieved 14 July 2011.
  2. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 50. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.