Au Clair de la Lune

"Au clair de la lune" from a children's book, c. 1910–1919

*Assignment for "Au Clair de la Lune", Solo 10, pg 24. 
  Pronunciation:  See Pronouncekiwi

  Composer study: Jean-Baptiste Lully. Birth - Florence, Italy, November 27, 1632;
  Death – Paris, France, March 22, 1687

  Pronunciation:  Visit Pronounce

  Videos:  (In addition to listening to your CD.)
  Au Clair de la Lune 

-Student:  Dylan, Teacher:  Jacqueline F. Graham
-Student:  Teresa, Teacher - Hannah Hall
-Student:  Anthony, Masterclass in Rochester, NY



Read info about composer Jean-Baptiste Lully in Clavier's Piano Explorer magazine (Jan 2018 issue, pg 7.)  Find the location of his birth and death on a globe or map.


Dylan shares his research of Jean Baptiste Lully during  performance class
 before his performance of Au Clair de la Lune.

Listening Activity
Print out the following journal worksheet:  SQUILT Journal Page(Early Elementary students, get the Listen & Roll worksheet from your teacher.)  Listen to other compositions by Lully and fill out the journal response worksheet based upon one of the compositions.

- Passacaille from Lully's Armide Opera
- Various pieces from Jean Baptiste Lully - L'Orchestre du Roi Soleil


Interesting History
Edouard-Leon Scott de Martinville invented
 the phonautograph in 1857.
National Museum of American History, 
Smithsonian Institution
In 2008, a phonautograph paper recording made by Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville of "Au clair de la lune" on April 9, 1860, was digitally converted to sound by U.S. researchers. This one-line excerpt of the song was widely reported to have been the earliest recognizable record of the human voice and the earliest recognizable record of music. According to those researchers, the phonautograph recording contains the beginning of the song, "Au clair de la lune, mon ami Pierrot, prête moi"  (

Listen to the recording and restoration!
-Recording from 1860.  Sound restoration

**When you have completed the assignment listed above and can successfully perform "Au Clair de la Lune" in Suzuki Bk 1, you have earned your clues for the "Lully" Composer Letterbox!  Ink and print your beautifully carved stamp into the letterbox journal.  There will be a stamp in the letterbox to stamp into your Suzuki Book and the letterbox page of your Suzuki notebook.  Enjoy one of the treasure goodies that you find placed inside of the letterbox!


Letterbox clues:  *Ask your teacher


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