Clair de lune

From Wind Repertory Project
Claude Debussy

Claude Debussy (arr. Johan de Meij)

Subtitle: For Trombone Solo (or Alto Sax) & Wind Orchestra

General Info

Year: 1890 / 1905 / 2017
Duration: c. 5:15
Difficulty: IV+ (solo); III+ (ensemble) (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Piano
Publisher: Amstel Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - €85.00   |   Score Only (print) - €20.00


Full Score
Solo Trombone
Solo Alto Saxophone
C Piccolo (doubles Flute III)
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Suspended Cymbal


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Clair de Lune was originally written for piano, being the 3rd movement of the Suite Bergamasque by French composer Claude Debussy. This arrangement was written at the request of my good friend Max M. McKee, on behalf of the American Band College class of 2017. His idea for this arrangement was born when Max heard Joseph Alessi (principal trombone of the New York Philharmonic) play a version of Clair de Lune with piano accompaniment. Joe Alessi played the world premiere of this arrangement at the 2017 ABC conference in Medford, Oregon, with the ABC Wind Orchestra, conducted by Mike Bankhead.

- Program Note by arranger

The Suite bergamasque is one of the most famous piano suites by Claude Debussy. It was first composed by Debussy around 1890, at the age of 28, but was significantly revised just before its publication in 1905. The third and most famous movement of Suite bergamasque is Clair de lune, in D-flat major. Its name comes from Verlaine's poem Clair de lune, "moonlight" in French. It is written in 9/8 meter, marked andante très expressif, and to be played mostly pianissimo. Musically, Debussy's Clair de lune belongs to French Impressionism.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • University of Wyoming (Laramie) Wind Symphony (Robert Belser, conductor) – 26 September 2019
  • Brevard (N.C.) College Wind Ensemble (Eric Peterson, conductor) – 14 March 2019
  • Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School (Parkland, Fla.) Wind Symphony (Johan de Meij, conductor; Joe Alessi, trombone) - 1 June 2018
  • American Band College Wind Orchestra (Mike Bankhead, conductor; Joe Alessi, trombone) – 25 June 2017 *Premiere Performance*

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