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Debussy: Clair de Lune (moonlight) No. 3 in D-flat Major

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Claude Debussy - Suite Bergamasque :
Clair de Lune (moonlight), No. 3
Clair de Lune (moonlight)  No. 3  in D-flat Major by Debussy piano sheet music
Key: D-flat Major Year: 1905
Level: 7 Period: Impressionism
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Mysterious masqueraders by moonlight

Debussy's most famous piano piece sounds very fluid and soft contoured, much like a landscape seen in Moonlight. The paradox is that here, as in most of Debussy's music, much careful attention needs to be directed towards rhythmic accuracy and the many precise markings in the score, in order to arrive at a performance that sounds like it's truly floating in the air. Apart from a couple of brief climaxes, the dynamic range stays within p to ppp, placing high demands on exactness of touch, voicing and colour. The title alludes to the eponymous poem by Verlaine:


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.

Paul Verlaine, 1869

Debussy: Clair de Lune (moonlight) No. 3 in D-flat Major (published in 1905) . DOWNLOAD piano sheet music from Piano Street digital sheet music library.

Clair de Lune (moonlight) in D-flat Major No. 3 by the composer Claude Debussy (1862-1918). This piano piece was composed in 1905 and is part of Debussy's Suite Bergamasque.
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