“Clair De Lune” might have a literal translation of “moonlight”, but I hear it as more of a reflection of the life cycle of the moon itself more than just the moonlight that emanates from the partial or full moons.
It’s a beautiful five minute piece with 3 main components. The beginning has a very slow feel, that almost sways with the stars and the sun. The middle picks up in speed, whereby the song shows us the moon as it is fully revealed. And the ending concludes with the same soft sway that the beginning had.
It’s a reflective and retrospective piece, and one that is so popular it likely goes unnoticed as even being a composition of any major significance beyond its popularity, similar to pieces like “Moonlight Sonata” by Beethoven and “Prelude in E Minor” by Frederic Chopin. In fact, due to the way that I perceive the video game The Long Dark, “Clair De Lune” and said game would go incredibly well together as a music video/amalgamation of some type.