Two Famous Piano Pieces that Form a Part of Larger Works

During his career, Anil Jethmal has amassed experience as a stockbroker and investment executive in New York, where he currently leads as senior vice president at a financial services corporation. In his leisure time, Anil Jethmal enjoys meditating while listening to classical music.

The nature of classical music is such that certain parts of one song often gain popularity while the rest of the work remains essentially unknown. Two examples of this phenomenon are found in piano music, one from Beethoven and one from Debussy.

The first is Moonlight Sonata by Ludwig van Beethoven, who composed 32 sonatas for the piano. Number 14 holds the “Moonlight” nickname, given mainly for the first section of the piece, with which so many are familiar. The song features two subsequent movements, each building in scope and speed.

Another instance is Claire de lune, which helped position composer Claude Debussy among the greatest composers to have lived. Clair de lune, which translates to “moonlight,” is actually the third piece in a four-movement suite, titled the Suite Bergamasque. It arguably ranks as the most famous work by Debussy.