This assignment requires that you listen to and journal about your listening to classical music. Your entries don’t have to be lengthy, just honest, descriptive and reflective of the music you have experienced during this two week period. You should discuss a specific artist & song by that artist, providing a youtube.com (or equivalent) link.



Song choice: Claude Debussy – Claire de Lune

What affect does this music have on you?

I used to be an Orchestra nerd and a Choir nerd. That is why classical music has a special place in my heart. I chose Debussy “Clair De Lune” because this is one of my favorite classical piece. I specifically chose this video because the pianist Kathia Buniatishvili’s facial expression explains it all. I’ve been learning this song on the piano. I can say every time I play, my facial expression is like hers. It is so beautiful. When I’m playing or listening, I feel like I am immersed in a beautiful moment that I just want to cherish. I remember we were talking about in class the other day about how playing two narrow notes can emphasize more emotions. This song has that component. This song literally makes me cry whenever I listen to it or play it.

Where would you likely hear this music? Would it be the same to you if you heard it in a different context, venue, presentation? Why/Why not?

Clair De Lune is a popular piece used in many movies. Ugh, hate to admit that the first time I heard it, it was on the movie Twilight. Guilty! I’ll save you the agony from the beginning of the clip. If you don’t want to torture yourself with teenage vampire drama, I’d advise you to skip to 4:45.

While the song is playing in the background, Edward and Bella share a beautiful moment by dancing, and this is the perfect song for it.

Another example would be the ending to Ocean’s Eleven. I won’t give away any spoilers if you haven’t watched it, but this song defines this moment so well.

Besides movies, this piece would most likely be played at a concert hall. I think each space has it’s own unique experience. I can listen to it in my car while enjoying a drive in the mountains. It’s all about context. I think I would feel the same about the song if it was player in a different context.

In what ways do you connect with this music? Emotionally (love, joy, anger, sadness, hate, etc.), intellectually, spiritually, reflectively, socially, politically.

This song is pure beautiful love. The intro sends chills down my spine. I love this quote by Debussy himself:

Music is the silence between the notes.

Claude Debussy

It is so peaceful and elegant. When I hear Clair de Lune, I sense a moment of peace, love, and beautiful memories come to mind.