Clair de Lune

As I mentioned, I’m participating in PostADay 2011. The first two themes don’t seem to fit a music blog very well. I did enjoy “Clair de Lune” the other night by Claude Debussy. The concert pianist who founded the SignMyPiano podcast was finally able to buy a Steinway, and ‘Clair de Lune” was the latest selection that he performed.

I came across the poem “Clair de Lune” by Paul Verlaine, in English translation, and decided to set it down here:


Your soul is like a landscape fantasy,
Where masks and Bergamasks, in charming wise,
Strum lutes and dance, just a bit sad to be
Hidden beneath their fanciful disguise.

Singing in minor mode of life’s largesse
And all-victorious love, they yet seem quite
Reluctant to believe their happiness,
And their song mingles with the pale moonlight,

The calm, pale moonlight, whose sad beauty, beaming,
Sets the birds softly dreaming in the trees,
And makes the marbled fountains, gushing, streaming–
Slender jet-fountains–sob their ecstasies.

And here’s Debussy’s music:


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