The poem by Verlaine which inspired Suite Bergamasque, has given its name also to the suite’s most popular piece. Indeed, Clair de Lune (Moonlight) is often said to be the most famous of all Debussy’s works. Its name was changed from Promenade Sentimentale only shortly before publication, to indicate the connection of this music with the Symbolist movement, of which Verlaine was one of the leaders. Reacting against realism, a typical “daylight” form of literature, the Symbolists tried to illuminate more inaccessible regions of the human soul, through creating suggestive images and evoking moods. The moon naturally became their favourite symbol, spreading as it does a mysterious, indirect light on the dark side of the earth.
Your soul is a select landscape Where charming masqueraders and bergamaskers go Playing the lute and dancing and almost Sad beneath their fantastic disguises.
All sing in a minor key Of victorious love and the opportune life, They do not seem to believe in their happiness And their song mingles with the moonlight,
With the still moonlight, sad and beautiful, That sets the birds dreaming in the trees And the fountains sobbing in ecstasy, The tall slender fountains among marble statues.
Starting with the 27th measure. Just how much do I finger with my left? I read somewhere its mostly the left hand but how do I know what to play and what not to with it? Thats also a fast switch if its mostly left. Anyone have any sites or comments it will be much appreciated. Also it seems with at least 3 of my recordings they dont hit the A note in the 27th measure at the end of the bar, instead ending with the D note instead. Anyone else notice this?
Can anyone help me with Debussy's Clair De lune. I don't play piano much I'm more of a guitarist, but I can pull of some stuff with piano. Well my problem is in measure 27 when he starts arpeggiating the chords I don't know how to go about the fingering. It has to be done with just the left hand right? Please any help will be greatly appriciated I must learn this song it's sooo beautiful. Thanks, Toe-Knee
I have some question regardeing to Debussy Clair De Lune, (technical ) My question may be sound stupid. 1)Measure 1 to meas. 8 , there is no downbeat ? or not ? 2)Measure. 1 to meas. 14, the time signature is 9/8, it mixed with triplet and eighth notes. The rhythm of the melody is ambiguous, how to count the beat, (mixed with the triplet and eighth notes. ) 3)Measure. 15 to meas. 26 , the expression marked as ” tempo rubato “, how to play freely in the manner ? what is free form ? 4)Measure 14 , there are 2 eighth notes, are marked with a ‘2’ , 2 duplet, how to count the beat ? 5)Measure 19, there is long sixth, marked with a ‘6’ , , how to count the beat?
My teacher assigned me Clair de lune last night (I feel like a cliche - it is such a common piece, and I've played it before, but not with this teacher). I have the Dover edition, and there are no fingerings for the arpeggio in m. 29.
I am just doing what's comfortable for me right now (5-3-2-1-4-2, 1-2-1-2-3-5, 1-2-3-5-2-4), but I'd like to make sure I'm doing it right before I really cement it in my head. Does anyone use a different fingering?
Also, re: mm.42: My hands are pretty small (I can stretch to a ninth), and there's no way I can sustain that low F# under the arpeggio. Should I just pedal it?
why are both of these considered level 7 when C de L is turning out to be easier for me to learn/play.
IOW I think I have a better shot at learning C de L right now than Path. 2nd mvmt. It is coming to me easier.
I can play level 4-5 pieces fairly easily, but all the stuff I really love and want to learn is at least level 6.
Am also learning Bach preludes & Little Notebook for technique. Plan to start on Scarlatti sonatas as well. Ditched the Hanon as it was hurting my rt. hand too much. Have bookmarked a lot of Bernhard threads pertaining to Bach and Scarlatti.
Should I forget the early advanced stuff and plug away at the easier stuff for awhile. I was thinking I could learn one "hard" piece at a time, while continuing to work on technique w/ easier material.
p.s. I set aside Chopin 9/2 for the time being, the rt hand is easy but the left is hard for me right now (especially when playing HT).
Hi, I am a person who very very interested about Clair de Lune . Clair de Lune is a very meaningful music about moonlight. It is the 3rd part of suite bergamasque and also the climax. Suite bergamasque is original from a poem Clair de Lune by one of the Frence famous poet P. Velaine . ( See below )
Your soul is like a landscape fantasy, Where masks and Bergamasks, in charming wise, Strum lutes and dance, just a bit sad to be Hidden beneath their fanciful disguise. Singing in minor mode of life's largesse And all-victorious love, they yet seem quite Reluctant to believe their happiness, And their song mingles with the pale moonlight, The calm, pale moonlight, whose sad beauty, beaming, Sets the birds softly dreaming in the trees, And makes the marbled fountains, gushing, streaming-- Slender jet-fountains--sob their ecstasies.
I am very happy to have a chance to play Clair de Lune . Unfortunately , i am not as good as all of you . I am not talented and have to struggle to play the beautiful masterpiece . Clair de Lune require a big hand because the music gap is big. This make my hand some time sore.
Any suggestion and opinion about how to play Clair de Lune more perfect i very appreciate. All of you can also go to my topic "Claude Debussy piano works" by me ( a1 ) in sheet music request for voting. Thank you.
Okay ui was wanting to know what the best fingering for the arpeggios starting at the bottom of page two. Currently, I'm using 5-2-1-3-2-1 and so on, but I didn't know if that was the best way to do that. I've been told that you aren't supposed to put thumbs and pinkies on black notes in arpeggios....but the you haveto jump a fifth as the first interval in the arpeggios and although I could get it to work with 4-2, it's significantly easier with 5-2. Thanks for the help in advanced!
I've been learning Clair de Lune on and off for a bit of time now and have only managed to get to about 8 bars through the arpeggio part. I have been playing piano for almost 3 years and really want to be able to learn this piece nicely. Does anyone have any tips on how to learn it? Like what fingering to use, and do I just stress the 1st beats and a bit of the 2nd and 3rd? Thank you!
At measure 10, is it just me or do I not have enough fingers in my left hand? How do i maintain the dotted half notes while playing the four finger chord? Do I have to use the pedal? Also, the dotted half note does not make up 9 beats for the measure as required by 9/8 time. I am confused.
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