Debussy: Clair de Lune

“Clair de lune” (French for “Moonlight”) is a poem written by French poet Paul Verlaine in 1869. It is the inspiration for the third and most famous movement of Claude Debussy’s 1890 Suite bergamasque. Debussy also made two settings of the poem for voice and piano accompaniment.

I chose pictures of the night and specifically those with a nice moon.

This is without doubt one of the most popular compositions ever written for piano. Debussy is one of the two most famous Impressionistic composers, the other being Ravel. Millions of people know this music without knowing who wrote it, when it was written or what the style is. Ironically this is popular music in the truest sense since people of all ages have loved it since Claude Debussy first composed it more than a century ago.

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