Pont de Clisson – Clair de lune and The Submerged Cathedral

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Henri le Sidaner’s (1862-1939) Pont de Clisson – Clair de lune (1911) and Debussy’s (1862-1918) La Cathédrale engloutie (Submerged Cathedral), from Preludes Book I (1910), are both impressionistic works. Can you find the similarities between the two? Are there important differences? Leave your own impressions below.
This art-music pairing is by Jeff O’Rear.
Click here for a recording of La Cathédrale engloutie

Performed by Nicole Muller.  Recording available at PianoSociety.com.

One thought on “Pont de Clisson – Clair de lune and The Submerged Cathedral

  1. Charles Dolby says:

    The musical piece matches the artwork exceptionally well. The piece is a bit slow, matching the lack of “movement” in the painting. The main passages of the piece give of a dark tone. This goes hand in hand with the image of night in the painting. However, the piece also has subtle lighter moments in it. This would match up with the lights that are visible in the painting. I feel that this was a great pairing of music and art.

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