Iain Farrington

Pianist, organist, composer, arranger

Claude Debussy: Clair de lune for Flute, Viola, Cello, Harp


Clair de lune has long been a popular work in Debussy's output. It may have been inspired by a Paul Verlaine poem with the same title, which evokes an evening scene of dancers and singers, in a mixture of sadness and ecstasy. The piece is taken from Debussy's Suite Bergamasque for solo piano. While the other movements in the Suite evoke Baroque styles and dances, this piece has a Romantic dreamy quality. It has been orchestrated and arranged many times, and this arrangement retains the lightness and transparency of the original.

Listen to a performance of the arrangement here: Clair de lune (4’24’’)


Available to purchase from Aria Editions here


Instrumentation: flute, viola, cello, harp (4 players)