Au clair de la lune
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"Au clair de la lune" (French pronunciation: [o klɛʁ də la lyn(ə)], lit. "By the Light of the Moon") is a French folk song of the 18th century. The author is unknown. Its simple melody ( Play (help·info)) is commonly taught to beginner instrumental students.
The song is now considered a lullaby for children but carries a double entendre throughout (the dead candle, the need to light up the flame, the God of Love, etc.) that becomes clear with its conclusion.
« Au clair de la lune,
"By the light of the moon,
In classical music
The Pierre-Auguste Vafflard painting
In the 1804 painting and sculpting exposition, Pierre-Auguste Vafflard presented a painting of Edward Young burying his Protestant daughter-in-law by night. An anonymous commentator wrote those lyrics, which can still be heard instead of the classic "Au clair de la lune":
Au clair de la lune
By the light of the moon
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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 second verse of the song, "Au clair de la lune, Pierrot répondit...". It has also been reported that the recording contains the beginning of the song, "Au clair de la lune, mon ami Pierrot...".
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