“Clair de Lune” is one of the most famous compositions for piano solo by Claude Debussy, which is part of a suite inspired by Paul Verlaine’s poems. Perhaps that is why this music is so emotional and rich in patos. And also in this song I can feel the influences of Liszt, but also that of Satie with her Gymnopedies, that is a very strange thing for such kind of music like that. “Clair de Lune” means moonlight in French and this is the title of a poem by Verlaine that inspires this music full of mystery emblem of French Impressionism. Debussy said that guitar is like an harpsichord but more expressive, so playing this song with classic guitar is great I think.
If you love emotional music like this, I can also recommend listening to “Pavane” by Fauré, who is a French composer whom Debussy certainly has inspired.
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VIDEO: Clair de Lune (Debussy), for Classical Guitar Solo