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Announcing ‘Clair de Lune’ Complete — Professionally engraved piano sheet music  with notes & letters together

Claude Debussy’s timeless and extremely popular piano piece, Clair de Lune, is well-known around the world.  Its origins include influences from poetry, the music of Bach’s time (the Baroque period), and the artistic school of Impressionism.

Is ‘Clair’ of Clair de Lune a person’s name?  If so, who is that person?

The ‘Clair’ in the title Clair de Lune does not refer to a person. (I bring this up here, because I myself had wondered this, back in the day, when I had first seen the title.)

So then, what does the title Clair de Lune mean?

The title Clair de Lune means “moonlight” in English, or, more literally, “light of the moon.”

Is Clair de Lune part of a larger piece?

Yes, Clair de Lune the third movement of a four-part work called Suite Bergamasque.

Why is Claude Debussy an important composer?

Debussy’s music was a major departure from the Romantic music of the 19th century.  He, along with composer Maurice Ravel, is regarded as a primary founder of what came to be known as French Impressionism.

What are Debussy’s most famous pieces? 

Well, Clair de Lune is, obviously, one of Debussy’s most popular and famous works.

Other beloved pieces by Debussy include:

  • La Mer
  • Images
  • Jeux
  • Prélude à l’Aprés-Midi d’un Faune
  • Pelléas Et Mélisande
  • Deux Arabesques
  • Suite Bergamasque (includes Clair de Lune)
  • Children’s Corner

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