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Clair de lune: Claude Debussy gets honoured with Google Doodle
To mark 151st anniversary of French composer’s birth, an animation is set to Clair de lune, one of his best-known pieces
Google is celebrating the 151st anniversary of the birth of French composer Achille-Claude Debussy with an animated doodle set to one of his best-known pieces, Clair de lune (Moonlight).
The doodle features a moonlit riverside scene which progresses to the sound of the piece, the third movement of his most famous piano suites, Suite bergamasque (1890–1905). Lights in the streets and houses flicker on and off in time to the music as the silhouettes of cars, boats and cyclists pass by, smoke rises from chimneys and rain begins to fall.
The animation ends with two people in different boats crossing paths on the river and sharing a red umbrella.
Debussy’s compositions are considered a seminal force in the music of the 20th century. He developed a system of harmony and musical structure that has been compared to the work of Impressionist and Symbolist painters. His style was reflected in his best known quote: “Music is the space between the notes.”
His other major works include Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune (Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, 1894), the opera Pelléas et Mélisande (1902), and La Mer (The Sea, 1905).
Debussy was born in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France, on 22 August 1862. In 1884, aged just 22, he won the Grand Prix de Rome with his cantata L’Enfant prodigue (The Prodigal Child).
He died of colon cancer at his home in the Bois de Boulogne in Paris on 25 March 1918 when he was only 55.
What Goes Up Must Come Down – The Wheel Of Fortune
Hi Sindy. What goes up must come down – we all know and understand this, yet when we are down, feeling low or unhappy, it can be so hard to believe life will ever get better!
Sometimes we experience good luck and good fortune unexpectedly, and when we do, oh how joyful and exciting it is! Getting a phone call out of the blue from the person you’ve fancied for ages asking you out on a date, winning some money, getting an unexpected promotion and pay rise at work, friends and family throwing you a surprise party – all these experiences or surprises make us feel on top of the world.
Conversely, when you hear through a friend that your lover is seeing someone else, your bank surprisingly turns down your request for a loan, your boss unexpectedly announces you’re going to be laid off or you lose a loved one – these experiences and shocks can leave us emotionally devastated, feeling as though the world is somehow against us.
The Wheel of Fortune represents such unexpected turns of fate and fortune. Sometimes the wheel will turn in your favor and bring unexpected good luck and fortune, sometimes it will turn against you and you will experience bad luck and misfortune. However, the wheel suggests that these turns of fortune are beyond your control, they are part of the eternal movement and cycle of life.
When the Wheel of Fortune appears in your readings you can expect an unexpected change in your fortune … so if you have been experiencing a run of bad luck or misfortune and the Wheel of Fortune lays in your near future, then the cards are suggesting that it won’t be long before fate will come into play and your luck will start to change.
Conversely, in the situation where the Wheel of Fortune is ahead and things have been going great for you up to now, read it as a warning that something unexpected may throw a spanner in the works and bring a challenging time.
The appearance of this card in answer to a question about what you should do about something or someone, can suggest that, whatever you do, fate will determine the outcome. However, if surrounding cards are negative, it could be a warning that making the wrong choice could backfire on you.
Life has its ups and downs, and understanding and accepting this helps us to hold a more realistic view of life itself. Remember that the wheel turns up, just as surely as it turns down … it’s just the eternal and constant rhythm and cycle of life.
LT is a key member of our fabulous Lotus Tarot Resident Readers. As well as offering incredibly accurate and sensitive private one-to-one readings, LT frequently posts articles on Tarot and other related subjects to her blog.
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