Clair de Lune is a well-known piano piece by French impressionist composer, Claude Debussy. In this new brass band arrangement, Clair de Lune is full of magic, warmth and drama.
This cornet solo, as recorded by Jim Hayes on his Debut studio album, Dial M for Midnight, Clair de Lune will show-off your star principal cornet player, allow them to display their warm tone, control and musicality in this well-known piece.
The arrangement itself is not a straight transcription as the arranger feels the original is a piano piece written specifically for the technique of the piano. Instead, a whole new sound world is created, with subtle harmonic devices, and some not-so-subtle harmonic devices, such as a Walton-style modal chord.
One of the McFadyen techniques is in the sudden juxtaposition of extreme changes in style and tone, and this technique is heard to full effect in this brass band arrangement of Clair de Lune. This is particularly noticeable in the transition from the big and dark finale transitioning into the final closing bars; it's quite an extraordinary and heart-pounding effect that takes your breath away.
The final bars are inspired from a track by Chris Botti, where he performs a long high note above the accompaniment.