Set to Claude Debussy's Clair de Lune, this visualization uses Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter data to show the stark beauty of evolving light and shadow near sunrise and sunset on the rugged lunar surface. Search All Stories Download x mpeg-4 This visualization attempts to capture the mood of Claude Debussy's best-known composition, Clair de Lune moonlight in French. The piece was published in as the third of four movements in the composer's Suite Bergamasque, and unlike the other parts of this work, Clair is quiet, contemplative, and slightly melancholy, evoking the feeling of a solitary walk through a moonlit garden. The visuals were composed like a nature documentary, with clean cuts and a mostly stationary virtual camera. The viewer follows the Sun throughout a lunar day, seeing sunrises and then sunsets over prominent features on the Moon. The sprawling ray system surrounding Copernicus crater, for example, is revealed beneath receding shadows at sunrise and later slips back into darkness as night encroaches.
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Stephanie Mccallum does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment. Its origins are complex and fascinating, combining influences from poetry, the music of the Baroque period from around to , and Impressionism, a style in music following on from that in visual arts. The title comes from a poem of the same name, published in , by the Symbolist poet Paul Verlaine. Debussy had already set this poem for voice and piano twice before, along with 18 other Verlaine poems. The original title of Clair de Lune was actually Promenade sentimentale Sentimental stroll , after a different Verlaine poem from an collection called Paysages tristes Sad Landscapes. This poem is more likely to have been the inspiration for the music. The stillness and meditative calm of these lines are evoked with great beauty at the opening of the piece:. This builds to an intense moment perhaps recalling a later passage in the poem:.
Suite bergamasque L. The composer was initially unwilling to use these relatively early piano compositions because they were not in his mature style, but in he accepted the offer from a publisher who thought they would be successful given the fame Debussy had gained in the intervening fifteen years. These names come from poems by Paul Verlaine. Your soul is like a landscape fantasy, Where masks and bergamasks, in charming wise, Strum lutes and dance, just a bit sad to be Hidden beneath their fanciful disguise.
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