Debussy Clair de Lune

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Music: Caela Harrison; Licensed under Creative Commons: Attribution-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported http://creativecommons.org/licenses/b... Picture: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Moo... The Suite bergamasque is one of the most famous piano suites by Claude Debussy. Debussy commenced the suite in 1890 at age 28, but he did not finish or publish it until 1905. The Suite bergamasque was first composed by Debussy around 1890, but was significantly revised just before its publication in 1905. It seems that by the time a publisher came to Debussy in order to cash in on his fame and have these pieces published, Debussy loathed the earlier piano style in which these pieces were written. While it is not known how much of the Suite was written in 1890 and how much was written in 1905, it is clear that Debussy changed the names of at least two of the pieces. "Passepied" was called "Pavane", and "Clair de lune" was originally titled "Promenade Sentimentale." These names also come from Paul Verlaine's poems. Structure The Suite bergamasque consists of four movements: 1. "Prélude" 2. "Menuet" 3. "Clair de lune" ("Moonlight" in English) 4. "Passepied" The suite has been orchestrated by many composers, including André Caplet, Leopold Stokowski, and Lucien Cailliet. Dimitri Tiomkin arranged "Clair de lune" for organ for his musical score for Warner Brothers' 1956 film Giant. The first three movements include a common motif: • "Prélude": F – E – F – E – D (bar 11) • "Menuet": G – F – G – F – E (bar 6) • "Clair de lune": F – E♭ – F – E♭ – D♭ (bars 1–2) […] "Clair de lune" The third and most famous movement of Suite bergamasque is "Clair de lune," meaning "moonlight" in French. Its name comes from Paul Verlaine's poem of the same name which also refers to 'bergamasques' in its opening stanza: Votre âme est un paysage choisi / Que vont charmant masques et bergamasques / Jouant du luth et dansant et quasi / Tristes sous leurs déguisements fantasques. […] Source: " Suite bergamasque. “ Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. 22 July 2004. Web. 21 Okt. 2014. Creative Commons Terms of Use: This video is licensed under a Creative Commons CC-BY license. Its attributed to Free Classical Music Video being licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license. Licensed Material is licensed under Public License. https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ Video Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4n_1LT-jyPI

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