The third and most famous movement of Claude Debussy’s Suite bergamasque is Clair de lune, in D♭ major. Its name comes from Verlaine’s poem Clair de lune, which is French for “moonlight.” James L. King III’s arrangement of the famous first theme of the piece moves the key down to C for ease in playing and reading. Students will gain experience with legatissimo touch and playing very softly throughout. While this piece is marked as early intermediate, it really isn’t that far out of the reach of a motivated late elementary adult student: the slow tempo and familiarity appeal to many who are still working on their technique to play faster, but want to play something recognizable and mature.
Key: C major
Mood: calm, inspiring
Pedagogy: crossing hands, legatissimo touch, pianissimo