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------------ The third movement in Debussy's Suite Bergamasque, Clair de Lune has taken on a life of its own as one of the most popular and well-known pieces in classical music. Even those unfamiliar with classical music are moved by this meditative, evocative piece, a tribute to the universal experience of wonder as one beholds the moon's light. The mysterious power of this heavenly body which shadows Earth's every move, yet affects the very tides in the Earth's oceans, and for some, the tide of human emotion, has been the subject of speculation ever since humankind acquired the ability to reason. In this piece, Debussy demonstrates the emotional power of moonlight: for some, to create a space to dream; for others, to ignite the passion of love.
Amid a personal life fraught with complications beyond his control, Debussy nevertheless found a sense of peace through the music which he created. That he shared that with the rest of us is remarkable. His music, a glimpse of a mind in turmoil finding balance in simple things such as moonlight, the sea, and in ancient myth, can steer its listeners through the storms of life.
With such a universal appeal, this work has found its way into popular culture in films as diverse as "Twilight," "Ocean's Eleven," and "Seven Years in Tibet." It has etched itself upon the hearts of people throughout the world as a contemplative, complex look at the phenomenon of moonlight--a universal experience shared with men and women from every part of the world.
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