“Claire de Lune”

Claire de Lune 2.

If you ever have a stressful day, this tune is a wonderful tonic…

This is a lovely arrangement of Claude Debussy’s hauntingly beautiful “Claire de Lune” performed on a 10-string guitar – I heard a version of this on the “Falling Skies” episode titled “Young Bloods”. I don’t know if this is the one that was used in the show***, but it’s close enough.

I have only ever heard this done as a piano solo or in a symphonic setting, so this was quite a treat:

That is Vincent Macaluso playing “Clair De Lune” in the early 1970’s with an Oribe Brazilian and redwood 10-string, built especially for him (the tuning was: 7th. = D, 8th. = B, 9th. = G, 10th= F#; and no, I haven’t the first clue….).  He transcribed Debussy’s arrangement so that it could be played on the 10-string guitar.  Sadly, Mr. Macaluso  passed away in May of 2012.

The album “Ten-String Spectacular” is available in CD and MP3 formats; this version of “Claire de Lune” is also available as a stand-alone MP3 selection.

***According to someone in the “Comments” section at the YouTube video, the version heard on “Falling Skies” is not Mr. Macaluso’s rendition; rather, it appears to be from a recording made by Angel Romero in 1987.  There is not a YouTube video of his version, but it is available as an MP3 stand-alone through Amazon.

Interestingly enough, when Mr. Macaluso was in his late teens, he studied guitar under the tutelage of Mr. Romero’s father, Celedonio Romero.  Small world, huh?

About Teresa in Fort Worth, TX

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3 Responses to “Claire de Lune”

  1. ALEX F says:

    I’ve been meaning to write here since I first saw the Falling Skies episode & came across your post while looking for the guitar version; subsequently I’ve enjoyed reading your blog.

    The full album is:
    Angel Romero – A Touch of Class: Popular Classics Transcribed For Guitar
    Single mp3 download @Internet Archive
    [audio src="https://archive.org/download/DebussyClairDeLunea.Romero/09Debussy_ClairDeLuneL32.mp3" /]

    An alternative guitar version performed by James Edwards, visualised:

    Also Vivaldi, Angel Romero – Lute Concerto in D, RV 93

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