Leur chanson se mêle au Clare de Lune




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Published on Mar 27, 2015

"Leur chanson se mêle au clair de lune" (Their song mingles with the moonlight) is taken from the French poem Clair de Lune written by Paul Verlaine in the year 1869. It is the inspiration for the third and most famous movement of Debussy's 1890 Suite bergamasque of the same name: Clair de lune. Debussy commenced the suite in 1890 at age 28, but he did not finish or publish it until 1905. I had written this chord progression long before I knew what melody it would accompany. Debussy's Claire de Lune haunted me, and, thus, after I wed the two, the "Impressions of Water & Light" project was born. (This was the first track I recorded from that project.) The waterfall-like arpeggiated section in the middle is the only section of the piece in which I play (mostly) the notes as written.

The video is illustrated with Impressionist paintings by Claude Monet. Some of the series included: Water Lilies, Giverny, Japanese Bridge, the House of Parliament.

To read more about Impressions of Water & Light, wherein I pair Impressionist masterpieces of art and music, please see my website:


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