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Moonlight to Debussy's Clair de Lune (5 min NASA video)
YouTube ^ | July 20, 2018

Posted on 07/23/2018 1:39:54 PM PDT by LibWhacker

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 1905 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.

The visualization was created to accompany a performance of Clair de Lune by the National Symphony Orchestra Pops, led by conductor Emil de Cou, at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, on June 1 and 2, 2018, as part of a celebration of NASA's 60th anniversary.

The visualization uses a digital 3D model of the Moon built from Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter global elevation maps and image mosaics. The lighting is derived from actual Sun angles during lunar days in 2018.

This video is public domain and along with other supporting visualizations can be downloaded from the Scientific Visualization Studio at: https://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/cgi-bin/det...

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TOPICS: Arts/Photography; Astronomy; Science
KEYWORDS: moon; rotation; shadows; video
Watching shadows race across the crater floors, or the graceful sweep of shadows cast by mountain peaks is a little hypnotic, if you like this sort of thing. To see these to the best effect, keep your eye glued on the "terminator," the dividing line between night and day (not Arnold!).
1 posted on 07/23/2018 1:39:54 PM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: LibWhacker

Very beautiful and restful to watch and listen to.


2 posted on 07/23/2018 1:47:30 PM PDT by Jamestown1630 ("A Republic, if you can keep it.")
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To: LibWhacker

Clair de Lune is such a beautiful composition.

For those so inclined, here is an electronica remix of CdL by the music group Lamb. The video (I did not post it) features shots of Manhattan:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oU5fYmfgvFM


3 posted on 07/23/2018 2:05:26 PM PDT by oblomov
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To: LibWhacker

This is cool, and I enjoy these posts and videos (animating music, or adding music to paintings). But cracks me up that the mellenials are going crazy over Debussy — used in the trailer for Godzilla now — b/c my parents, who taught me classical music, HATE Debussy, especially Clair de Lune.


4 posted on 07/23/2018 2:11:14 PM PDT by nicollo (I said no!)
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To: oblomov

Nice! I wonder if Debussy would like it, or if he would wrinkle his nose? He’s definitely one of my favorites.


5 posted on 07/23/2018 2:11:47 PM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: nicollo
mellenials are going crazy over Debussy

I didn't realize that. I'm sure it's because I don't pay any attention to them, lol!

6 posted on 07/23/2018 2:15:05 PM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: LibWhacker

Thank you! I LOVE this! I studied piano seriously from age 5 through high school (I regret I ever stopped playing) and concentrated on classical music. Clair de Lune was my father’s favorite and I played it often. Brings back so many memories. Sigh...


7 posted on 07/23/2018 2:25:54 PM PDT by BlueHorseShoe ( Let us all speak out, rise up, lead and conquer! I’m)
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To: LibWhacker
Debussy can do that to you -
Girl With The Flaxen Hair
En Bateau
The Sunken Cathedral....
8 posted on 07/23/2018 2:27:25 PM PDT by Intolerant in NJ
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To: LibWhacker

He was forward thinking in his attention to tonal richness and rhythmic complexity, so he’d probably like it! I would think that any composer would be flattered that his compositions are loved and reimagined 120 years after he wrote them.


9 posted on 07/23/2018 2:45:36 PM PDT by oblomov
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To: oblomov

Thanks for the remix link...

My late wife loved DeBussy and Claire de Lune in particular...One of her favorite classical pieces...

Nice treatment of Claire de Lune in 1991 film Frankie and Johnny with Al Pacino and Michelle Pfeiffer...


10 posted on 07/23/2018 3:27:18 PM PDT by elteemike (Light travels faster than sound...That's why so many people appear bright until you hear them speak)
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To: LibWhacker

My mother, now 83 years of age, still plays a beautiful Clair de Lune.


11 posted on 07/23/2018 3:28:06 PM PDT by Ammo Republic 15
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To: LibWhacker
I was at the Kennedy Center for that concert. We had box seats just off the stage. Our choice that evening was the NASA celebration in the Concert Hall or the Cuban Ballet next door. I am happy we went to the concert. In addition to Clair de Lune, there was an audio visual live performance of Thus Spake Zarathustra, Mars from the Planets, and Vaughan Williams' A Serenade to Music, and six or seven other pieces.

My favorite version of Clair de Lune is done by the Korean pianist Seon-Jin Cho, who is my favorite interpreter of Debussy at the moment. Check out his recent Debussy CD, and the first track, Reflets Dan L'eau.

12 posted on 07/23/2018 3:31:57 PM PDT by PUGACHEV
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To: oblomov

Many many versions of Clair out there - but you have indeed brought here the most luscious of all. Bravo.


13 posted on 07/23/2018 4:20:04 PM PDT by corkoman
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To: LibWhacker

Lovely. Thank you.


14 posted on 07/23/2018 6:36:00 PM PDT by MSSC6644 (Defeat Satan; pray the rosary.)
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