Clair de Lune

Uploaded on Aug 5, 2012

Claude Debussy (1862-1918) composed Clair de Lune, the third movement from the Suite Bergamasque in 1888 (first published in 1903). It is important to note that with the exception of the poetically titled Clair de Lune, suite Bergamasque is created exclusively from Baroque movements. The choice of compound triple meter for this movement shows the contrast to the dance movements and helps allow Debussy freedom to articulate the music differently.

In addition, Clair de Lune is compositionally, the most adventurous piece of the suite. The positioning within the suite is important; it is the suite’s third movement, and is the lyrical climax of the suite. The use of structure and proportion within the movement is significant;

Most important of all, they show ways in which the forms are used to project the music’s dramatic and expressive qualities with maximum precision.

The opening theme of Clair De Lune is derived from music heard in the preceding movements of the suite. This is worth mentioning, as while Debussy has composed a movement that may itself warrant detailed analysis, it is important to remember that care has been taken with both compositional material and structure on a macroscopic level.

While the overall structure of the movement is ambiguous, the form best fitting the movement is ternary form, extended by a coda created from material originating in section B. On a superficial level, the overall structure of ternary form; A B A, fits the structure of the movement well. In ternary form, the first and third sections (A) are normally identical, although commonly, the third section will feature more ornamentation than the first section; while the middle section (B) contrasts sharply with it. The thematic material in the A and B sections would sharply contrast; which they do here. An alternative to ternary form could be rounded binary form, again with an added coda. While the general structure ABa fits the music, the form is less likely to be rounded binary because two main themes are used, therefore the music is not monothematic, nor are the sections harmonically open. The movement remains mostly in the tonic, the only modulation occurring in bars 37-42, which means the sections are harmonically closed.

piano Classical Suite debussy de clair lune bergamasque

Pages 6
Duration 04:32
Measures 72
Key signature 5 flats
Parts 1
Part names Piano
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I don't follow this question from Jack Nichols and then the response -- what are we referring to? (Link seems to be the same piece)
That is correct. The link is to the answer I thought was sufficient for his question.
Thank you sir, this sheet music is getting my reading skills back up to date.
Is this an exact replica of the original copy?
That is something I do not want to assure you, mostly because there still may be errors from when I transcribed it.
Hey I have one question; is this a shorter version or in full length?
I presume this is in full length (when it comes to notation).
I can play Moonlight sonata movements 1-3 quite well(but not perfectly). Is this harder?
I consider Clair de Lune to be easier than the 3rd movement, but it really depends on your own technique.
Wonderfully done. I do not blame you for not getting the right timing on all notes since this is a limited software and the correct timing is extremely complex.
SO Amazing...... it is not easy and take so much time to ask stupid computer-musescore to "play" this song like a human, you did it .... Good job!! And will you edit the sheet by 2 pianos/staves? so that you can independently control treble clef/bass clef, and their volumes ...etc.
I am glad you liked it! I do my best to make it sound like a real performance. The score will only be edited if there are incorrect notes from now on.
After reading the comments, I was wondering if you have actually edited it or not, because I looked through you sheet music and I couldn't find this one
I have now updated the score. However, since I transcribed it from scratch, there may still be some incorrect notes.
I have not had time to edit this score yet. I hope this will happen during the next few months.
Good, although there are some parts that do not sound quite right throughout bb.10-40.
Thank you very much! I am aware of this, but due to lack of time, I will not have the opportunity to edit the wrong notes and convert the file to a 2.0 version as of now.
You mean... update your version of Muscore?
No, I mean that I manually have to adapt the score which is in a 1.3 version, into a 2.0 version. 1.3 and 2.0 are very different, so that this score will not be as is in many measures when I open it with 2.0.
I believe there is a mistake in the right hand chords for measure 20. Second note is C and not B flat according to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_rv7pLaWrPY&index=31&list=PL23BA4D8592904FB0 and http://www.musanim.com/pdf/debussyclairdelune.pdf Measures 21 and 23 also differ on the left hand. And your version lacks a dim. molto notation for measure 25 which I believe is very important. What was your source, I wonder?
Thanks for notifying me, Juan! I will update the score as soon as possible.
This is just amazing. I love DeBussy's Claire de Lune and am learning it on piano myself--thanks for throwing it up; you just earned a favorite star and a follower! xD
There's a mistake in bar 36, 8th beat. It should be G sharp, not B sharp.
Thank you very much, Pian O! Thank you for noticing this mistake!
Would you like me to make a videoscore for this? I have been playing the piece for quite some time now.
Yes I would very much. Thank you for asking.
Your welcome, I do it in the nxt few days.
This piece is amazing! Debussy was a genius!
Cool man, this would probably sound nicer with pedal though...
I doesn't need pedal. Debussy's style, in many of his pieces, don't require pedal.