Clair de Lune by Claude Debussy

From: Kevin Smith (kevins AT ornews.intel.com)

In responce to a request a couple of days ago, here is Clair de Lune by Claude Debussy. It probably ranks as one of the most recognizable classical pieces of all time (anyone who had the recorder forced on them in grade school should know it) and is a very easy peace to play.

This piece is in the key of C and is in 3/4 time; '|'s mark the quarter note beats. A small 'c' in front of a note means that it is "continued" or tied with the previous note. Do not pick it; let it ring from the previous time it was played. Crescendo (cresc.) means a gradual incrcease in power. Diminuendo (dim.) meanse a gradual decrease in power. Sforzando means to play that note or chord very strongly. Agiatato means agitated or hurried. A tempo means to return to the original tempo. Molto rallentando (molto rall.) means to greatly reduce speed gradually. Ritardando (rit.) means to slow down. Fermatta means to hold the note as long as you want.

Let me know if you find any mistakes.


Andante espressivo

 1 |   |   |     |   |   |     |   |   |     |   |   |   
E|-----3-------|c3-----------|-0-----------|c0-----------|
B|-----5-------|c5-----------|-1-----------|c1---3---5---|
G|-0-----------|-------------|-------------|-1---4---5---|
D|-2-----------|-------------|-------------|-------------|
A|-------------|-------------|-------------|-------------|
E|-------------|-------------|-------------|-------------|
   p                           sf

 5 |   |   |     |   |   |     |   |   |     |   |   |   
E|-------------|-------------|-------------|-------0-----|
B|-3-----------|c3-----------|-----1---3---|-1-----1-----|
G|-4-----------|c4-----------|-0---2---4---|-2-----------|
D|-------------|-------------|-2-----------|-------------|
A|-------------|-------------|-------------|-------------|
E|-------------|-------------|-------------|-------------|
                               sf

 9 |   |   |     |   |   |     |   |   |     |   |   |   
E|c0-----------|-------------|-------------|-------------|
B|c1-----1-----|-----0---1---|-0-----------|c0-----------|
G|-------2-----|-----0---2---|-0-----------|c0-----------|
D|-------------|-3-----------|-------------|-------------|
A|-------------|-5-----------|-------------|-------------|
E|-------------|-------------|-------------|-------------|


13 |   |   |     |   |   |     |   |   |     |   |   |   
E|-------------|-------------|-------------|-------------|
B|---------0---|-----3-------|-------------|-------------|
G|-----2-------|-2-------2---|-0---2---0---|c0-------0---|
D|-3-----------|c3-----------|-3-----------|-----3-------|
A|-------------|-------------|-------------|-3-----------|
E|-------------|-------------|-------------|-5-----------|


17 |   |   |     |   |   |     |   |   |     |   |   |   
E|-------------|-------------|-------------|-----5-------|
B|-------------|-------------|-----5---6---|-5-------5---|
G|-------------|-------------|-------------|-------------|
D|-3-----------|-2-----------|-------------|-------------|
A|-5-----------|-------------|-3-----------|c3-----------|
E|-------------|-------------|-------------|-------------|
                               sf            agiatato

21 |   |   |     |   |   |     |   |   |     |   |   |   
E|-------------|-------------|-------------|-------------|
B|-3---5---3---|c3---1---3---|-1-----------|-0-----------|
G|-------------|-0-----------|c0-----------|-0-----0-----|
D|-------------|-2-----------|c2-----------|-------------|
A|-------------|-------------|-------------|-------------|
E|-------------|-------------|-------------|-------------|
                               molto rall.

25 |   |   |     |   |   |     |   |   |     |   |   |   
E|-------------|-3-----------|-0-----------|---------0---|
B|-------------|-1-----------|-1-----------|-----3-------|
G|-----0---0---|-------------|-------------|-----2-------|
D|-----2---2---|-------------|-------------|-----3-------|
A|-3-----------|-------------|-------------|-------------|
E|-------------|-------------|-------------|-1-----------|
        a tempo

29 |   |   |     |   |   |     |   |   |     |   |   |   
E|-------------|-------------|-------------|-3-----------|
B|-3-----------|c3-----------|-----1---3---|-1-----------|
G|-2-----------|c2-----------|-----0-------|-------------|
D|-3-----------|c3-----------|-----2-------|-------------|
A|-------------|-------------|-------------|-------------|
E|c1-----------|c1-----------|-0-----------|c0-----------|


33 |   |   |     |   |   |     |   |   |     |   |   |   
E|-0-----------|c0-------0---|-------------|-------------|
B|-1-----------|c1---3-------|-3-----------|-1-----------|
G|-------------|-----2-------|c2-----------|-------------|
D|-------------|-----3-------|c3-----------|-------------|
A|-------------|-------------|-------------|-------------|
E|c0-----------|-1-----------|c1-----------|-------------|


37 |   |   |     |   |   |     |   |   |     |   |   |   
E|-------------|-5-----3-----|c3-----0-----|-0-------0---|
B|c1---1---3---|-5-----------|c5-----------|-----3-------|
G|-----0-------|-------------|-------------|-----2-------|
D|-------------|-------------|-------------|-----3-------|
A|-------------|-------------|-------------|-0-----------|
E|-3-----------|-------------|-------------|-------------|
   cresc....... dim.......................
                                             fermatta
41 |   |   |     |   |   |     |   |   |     |   |   |   
E|-------------|-------------|-------------|-8-----------|
B|-3-----1-----|-1-----------|-1-----------|-8-----------|
G|-2-----------|-2-----2-----|-0-----------|-9-----------|
D|-------------|-------------|-2-----------|-------------|
A|c0-----------|c0-----------|-------------|-------------|
E|-------------|-------------|-------------|-------------|
                       rit.

Good hunting.

--KS      Aloha, OR USA
kevins@ornews.intel.com


Here is another guitar tab version from: Judy Letostak (letostak@netcom.com)

|---------------------|------------------|--------1------1-|-3--1----------|
|----------------2----|------------------|-2---4-----2---2-|-4--2--2--2----|
|--1---------4--------|-1---------4----1-|-----------------|-------3--3----|
|---------------------|------------------|-----------------|---------------|
|---------------------|------------------|-----------------|---------------|
|---------------------|------------------|-----------------|---------------|


|---------------------|------------------|-2---------------|-6-------4-----|
|-----------------6---|----------------6-|---------6--3--4-|---------------|
|-3----------5--------|-3---------5------|-----------------|---------------|
|---------------------|------------------|-----------------|---------------|
|---------------------|------------------|-----------------|---------------|
|---------------------|------------------|-----------------|---------------|


|-4----------7----9---|-4---------7------|-------9--12--16-|-16------14----|
|---------------------|----------------9-|-----------------|---------------|
|---------------------|------------------|-----------------|---------------|
|---------------------|------------------|-----------------|---------------|
|---------------------|------------------|-----------------|---------------|
|---------------------|------------------|-----------------|---------------|


|-14-------17----21---|------------------|-12--11--9--7--5------4--2-------|
|---------------------|---------------14-|-14--12-10--9--7------5--4-------|
|---------------------|----------14------|---------------------------------|
|---------------------|-16---------------|---------------------------------|
|---------------------|------------------|---------------------------------|
|---------------------|------------------|---------------------------------|


|-------------------------------||
|-5--4--2-----------------------||
|-6--4--2---4--2--1-------------||
|-----------6--4--2------4--2---||
|------------------------6--4---||
|-------------------------------||


ending 1

|---------------------------------------|
|---------------5h7p5-------------------|
|----------2--6-------6-----------------|
|-----2--4--------------7-4---4---------|
|---4-----------------------7---7-4-----|
|-2---------------------------------5-2-|


ending 2

|-------------------------------------------------------|
|-------------------17h19p17----------------------------|
|-------------14-18----------18-------------------------|
|-------14-16-------------------19-16----16-------------|
|----16-------------------------------19----19-16-------|
|-14----------------------------------------------17-16-|


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