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Au Clair de la Lune

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Paul Jeanjean

Paul Jeanjean (tr. Gogel; ed. Morgan)

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General Info

Year: 1910?
Duration: c. 8:25
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: U.S. Marine Band
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


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Program Notes

The simple 17th-century French folk song Au Clair de la Lune serves as the theme for this work. Well-known in France, the song is a sort of lullaby for children (who might, in fact, learn to play it early on while studying an instrument.) However, its original text carries a saucy double entendre that only adults would comprehend!

Jeanjean transformed the simple song into a virtuosic showcase for clarinet, with diverse variations that display the clarinet’s range, speed, and expressive possibilities. Originally composed for clarinet and piano, the version heard today is a colorful transcription by former Marine Band clarinetist Paul Gogel who was a member from 1935–55.

- Program Note from U.S. Marine Band concert program, 28 July 2016


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State Ratings

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