As I listened to Claire De Lune, the beautiful piano solo that we offer, and then compared it to other versions I had heard on youtube and other places, I realized there is much more I could do expressively with this timeless Debussy composition – I think I can play it, well, with more passion and personality. I had never really played it until recording it for the wedding music project, and I didn’t really listen to others playing it before I went after it. As is sometimes the case, I am a bit too literal with my interpretation, and not as expressive as I could be. I think that is partially a reaction against those who don’t really play so well, but with exaggerated theatrics. Lots of style but not enough substance. At any rate, as I listen to those other versions, I think another attempt is in order (it is now May 2010).
Anybody remember Clair De Lune from Oceans 11 in front of the fountain? Can’t remember if they used the whole piece, or just a portion, but what an interesting choice for such a movie moment. Debussy has truly crafted a masterpiece with Clair De Lune, haunting in it’s beauty, and almost poignant as it is used in that movie scene – if such an adjective can be used in conjunction with a bunch of scoundrels standing and contemplating with what they have just absconded!