Claude Debussy's music is often linked to other arts or to impressions of landscape. “Clair de lune”, the third movement of Debussy's four-movement “Suite bergamasque” is a reflection of the poem of the same name by Paul Verlaine, which describes the emotional landscape of a distant Arcadia, linking reminiscences of the old aristocratic pursuits of the past to modern tonal explorations of the fin de siècle.
“Clair de lune” is one of Claude Debussy's most famous piano compositions. Its fascinating tone poetry and its relatively modest technical demands soon made it one of Debussy's most popular and – removed from its original context – most widely played individual pieces, which is why the Wiener Urtext Edition has been issued it as a single piece. Verlaine's poem is printed in this edition before the musical text, not only in the original French, but also in German and English translations.
Another favourite work among Wiener Urtext's Debussy editions is Syrinx “La Flute de Pan” for flute solo. The edition is based on the Brussels manuscript and gives comprehensive information on the work and its history.
“(…) it is doubtlessly this edition which is the result of the most serious and comprehensive research.”
Alain Marion (†)