Golliwogg's cake walk belongs to the suite for piano "The children's corner".
The piece is a ragtime with its syncopations and banjo-like effects. The dynamic range is quite large and very effective. The B section of this dance is interrupted on several occasions by the love-death leitmotif of Richard Wagner's opera Tristan und Isolde, marked avec une grande émotion (with great feeling). Each quotation is followed by banjo imitations.
Harmonics, slurs, high positions, chords,...