Debussy is generally credited with the rise of the Impressionist movement in music. The Impressionists focused on the mood and atmosphere of music, conveying it through tone color and flow, rather than sharp musical detail.
The paradox of this music is that, although it often seems outside of time even without a tempo or pulse, the very formlessness of it is written into the music. Following Debussy’s printed directions is often the easiest way to get the expression you want. You can and should approach this music in the same way you would begin a Bach or Mozart piece - but you need a little more information first.
On today’s show we will explore three features of Debussy’s Clair de lune. You will discover:
Plus, I will share my 2 page practice guide for Clair de lune so you will have all the information at your fingertips when you’re ready. By the way, these tips will work for other similar pieces too.
Join me for this musical moonlight stroll as we delve into some of the secrets of Debussy’s music.
Links to things I think you might be interested in that were mentioned in the podcast episode: