Suite bergamasque (includes Clair de lune)
Highest of Debussy's 5 entries — but its lowest position since 2003.
Although Debussy's Suite Bergamasque comprises four movements, it is somehow fitting that the third, Clair de Lune, has become by far the most well known. It was within the inspirational poem Clair de Lune by Debussy's friend, Paul Verlaine, that the composer found the seeds of the complete work's title. Verlaine writes of 'your souls like landscapes, charming masks and bergamasks, playing the lute and dancing, almost sad in their fantastic disguises'.
The bergamask, reputedly a clumsy dance performed originally by natives of Bergamo, becomes bergamasque in French.
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