Clair de lune – Claude Debussy


“Clair de lune” by Claude Debussy is one of the most beautiful pieces of music ever composed. Happy Valentine’s Day.

Here’s a version of the song:

Here’s the Google Doodle that featured the song:

From youtube Adagietto:

Claude-Achille Debussy – Clair de Lune (Mondglanz, Mondschein, Moonlight), Suite Bergamasque, Claudio Arrau pianist. The Suite bergamasque was first composed by Debussy, 1890-1905. Claudio Arrau, 88 years old. Recorded in 1991. Arrau died in June 1991

Claude Debussy’s famous Clair de lune is the third piece of the Suite bergamasque for piano, a work whose title was chosen as much for its composer’s love of the word-sounds as for its Renaissance implications (though the work can rightly be described as something of a tribute to the French harpsichordists of olden days).

The D flat major of Clair de lune is perfectly chosen, the gleaming melody in parallel thirds (con sordina, Debussy requests) expertly balanced by the beautifully dissonant tempo rubato that follows it. During the un poco mosso middle section of Clair de lune, the music swells far past the pianissimo of the opening, and in its climax one might say that the young composer has crafted more of sunlight than of moonlight; the incessant arpeggios may well be overdone, but one can cherish them all the same. Little wisps of these arpeggios find their way over into the reprise of the opening music, and the rolling tones of the middle section are given a few measures to plead their case once more before the final chromatic cadence, a moment of absolute tranquility, is made.

This is the album I recommend that contains this song and more from Debussy. Available on itunes or Amazon.





2 thoughts on “Clair de lune – Claude Debussy

  1. Pingback: Make Music Part of Your Life Series: Claudio Arrau plays Debussy Estampes, no.2, “La soirée dans Grenade” | euzicasa

  2. Pingback: Claude Debussy : Clair de Lune, for Piano (Suite Bergamasque No. 3), L. 75/3 | euzicasa

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