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Couperin wanted to hear his music performed with taste, and filled his scores What on earth does Le Tic-Toc-Choc ou les Maillotins mean?. Couperin, F: Pièces de clavecin II: Ordre 6ème in B flat: Les baricades mistérieuses. Couperin, F: Le Tic-Toc-Choc ou Les Maillotins (18e ordre). Alexandre Couperin – Alexandre Tharaud Joue Couperin: Tic, Toc, Choc – Music. Le Tic-Toc-Choc ou Les Maillotins (18e ordre). by Alexandre.

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To fully understand his music, we have to relate it to the manners and habits of the reign of the Sun King, and most importantly to the dance.

The facsimile is just that, so it obviously preserves the original clefs—the familiar treble for the upper stave right handand perhaps the not-so-familiar soprano for the lower, where the bottom line is middle c’.

Couperin left no clues and asked to be forgiven for not explaining. For many modern musicians, we can safely return to the French, and ric the Heugel Le Pupitre series, the four Couperin volumes edited in the early s by Kenneth Gilbert. Many cjoc musical portraits of friends, court acquaintances or the King himself.

This scan was made from the facsimile edition published by Anne Fuzeau Productionsand as it is a direct photographic rendition, it obviously reproduces the elegant engraving of the original edition which was supervized by Couperin himself. His ls suites, or ” Ordres ” as he called them, all contain between four and 24 miniatures. The music is crisp and clear, almost sparse in appearance on the page without the expressive goop and fingerings of the other versions.

Couperin’s music is tinged with melancholy – perhaps due to his declining health, which seems to have bothered him for the last 20 years of his life, or perhaps brought on by the disappearance of his son, who pe his parents we do not know why. So what cuperin can you reliably play from? We used to make the various harpsichord volumes of this Le Pupitre series available.

Revival vs historic harpsichord First go at the historic harpsichord First go at the modern harpsichord Harpsichord editions Music Books. The experience should enable us to be wary of whatever we read on the page….


Thanks, but no thanks: Many musicians, though, would be grateful to have familiar clefs for both hands. Sentiment rules over thematic discourse. Harpsichords Australia Home Page. Playing his music means immersing oneself in a coupwrin cast of characters and trying to find the secret to each one.

Troisième livre de pièces de clavecin (Couperin, François)

In that domain, it made its largest contribution to the history of 17th-century music, and had a huge influence on other composers, including Bach. Tic toc; an indeclinable and artificial term, which expresses a beating, a reiterated movement, a pulse that beats, a horse that walks, the pendulum of a clock, a hammer that knocks.

One of the best may well be one of the first: Pieces of this kind, moreover, are suitable for two flutes or oboes, as well as for two Violins, two Viols and other instruments of equal pitch, it being understood that those who play them will adapt them to their own range. I was coming to the end of a complete JS Bach cycle on disc played on the pianoso why not look at the French harpsichordists of the period?

Others, such as Les Moissonneurs The Reapers hark back to his rustic origins. The clavichord was not terribly popular in France. Couperin often found that it did not, and became irritated by poor performances of his music. On the piano this is even more difficult because its action is more cumbersome than the harpsichord’s. It was a daunting task. It takes a long time to absorb it naturally into the interpretation of a piece, let alone to memorise it.

I find it fascinating how this music obviously influenced Bach, who admired Couperin enough to copy one of his pieces Les Bergeries into a notebook for his wife, Anna Magdalena.

Of all the harpsichord repertoire, the works penned by the French Baroque composers were intrinsically wedded to the instrument. His reasoning was logical: So I got the scores to all keyboard pieces by Couperin and began reading them. Ther was a wide variety of composers represented, and my only wish was that the volumes were better bound.

I have even heard it explained as “ladies’ underwear” or, to be more precise, “chastity belt”.


Those who have a Harpsichord with only one Manual, or a spinet, will play the upper part as written, and the Bass an octave lower; when the Bass cannot be taken an octave lower, then the upper part will have to be moved up an octave.

It was 30 years later that I encountered Couperin seriously again. One of his most picturesque compositions is Le Rossignol en Amour The Nightingale in Lovealthough, as another French composer, Olivier Messiaen, an ardent bird-lover, noted: I have found internet chatrooms discussing the various possibilities of the last: The manager of my record company, the late Ted Perry, suggested I look at his music.

It is 33 from The portrait gallery series. As a dancer myself throughout my childhood, I am drawn to any music that is dance-like. I declare that in my pieces they ought to be played as I have marked them, and that they will never make a certain impression on persons of true taste, unless they have observed to the letter everything that I have marked, without adding or subtracting anything.

Some were obviously pure harpsichord material; others were written for two players at once. After all, people play Handel and Scarlatti on the piano, but rarely Couperin and Rameau. Instead, we must cross the Channel. Edited by Brahms and Chrysander, this scan was made from the Augener edition, first published aboutand frequently reprinted. The two never met, although there is some record of a correspondence which evidently ended up as jam pot covers, thus lost forever.

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My next example was copyrighted inand tocc from Kalmus study scoreFrench Composers for ocuperin Clavichord. It serves an expressive purpose, emphasising one note, making you wait for another, all relating once more to gesture and mood. Couperin is a composer whose work pianists and music-lovers should know and understand, not just for its importance in the history of keyboard music, but for sheer pleasure and delight.

Ornamentation is the very essence of his music.