Clair de Lune Sheet Music
Claire de Lune is French for Moonlight and part of the Suite bergamasque by Claude Debussy. It was started in 1890 and published in 1905 after being re-written and re-titled –originally titled “Promenade Sentimentale”– and it is one of Debussy’s most famous suites especially for the third movement Claire de Lune which is the main reason for Suite bergamasque’s popularity. The third movement oft representing the climax of suites Claire de Lune doesn’t disappoint with its dramatic and expressive notes written in tertiary form, meaning that the third part of the movement mirrors the first. This piece was called Clair de Lune due to Paul Verlaine’s poem of the same name, and inspired by many Impressionist poets and artists.
This is one of my favorite songs for piano, due to its incredible structure and haunting theme. The piece uses compound triple meter which contrasts to the dance movements giving the work an intricate yet articulate sound. It’s careful building and ascendance to the beautiful main theme is so well composed I couldn’t picture a more well written song. It is truly a masterpiece and a stroke of Debussy’s genius. Aside from that Debussy is one of my favorite composers for piano due to his unorthodox yet mathematical compositions that defy the rules of composing, causing his name to become the start of the Impressionist era of music. His nonconformity to composing music helped create some of the most beautiful pieces ever written.
Hope you enjoy this splendid piece; for better results learn this piece in the moonlight, during rain, or in the early mist of morning.
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