Clair de Lune by Debussy

History of the Composition

Claude Debussy was a French composer, born on August 22nd 1862, and living until March 25th, 1918. His music has a quality that evokes emotion, atmosphere and mood, typical of the Impressionist Period, of which he was a part. Just think of the beautiful paintings of the Impressionist painter Monet, and you will hear Debussy’s music!

More about the composition.

Personal Note

Clair de Lune means “Moonlight”, and the music exudes to me the picture of the shimmering moonlight on water, on a warm summer’s evening.

Clair de Lune is one of my favourites. From its first opening chords, the gorgeous melody transports me to a heavenly place. I enjoy playing Clair de Lune very much, and have often been requested to play it at different events.


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Photo By Atelier Nadar, Paris – Bibliothèque nationale de France.