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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Ornamentation is the very essence of his music. 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 gic by the disappearance of his son, who disowned his parents we do not know why. Playing his music means immersing oneself in a large cast of characters and trying to find the secret to each one. Some were obviously pure harpsichord material; others were written for two players at once.
The two never met, although there is some record of a correspondence which evidently ended up as jam pot covers, thus lost forever. Pieces of this kind, moreover, are suitable for two flutes or oboes, as well as for two Violins, two Viols and other chof of equal pitch, it being understood that those who play them will adapt them to their own range.
Woe betide the interpreter who thinks he knows better than the composer, who says: In Couperin, I also find the lyricism and poetry that, as a player, I love to express Les Langueurs-Tendres is a beautiful example of Couperin’s long, expressive lines. Others, such as Les Moissonneurs The Reapers hark back to his rustic origins.
One problem facing the modern interpreter is deciphering his ornamentation and markings and making them work. 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.
On the piano this is even more difficult because its action is more cumbersome than the harpsichord’s. Couperin left no clues and asked to be forgiven for not explaining. The clavichord was not terribly popular in France. The manager of my record company, the late Ted Perry, suggested I look at his music. 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.
Born in Paris inCouperin was a member of a musical dynasty, unique in France and only surpassed in the history of music by the Bach family. Many musicians, though, would be grateful to have familiar clefs for both hands.
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.
It takes a long time to absorb it naturally into the interpretation of a piece, let alone to memorise it. This scan was made from the facsimile edition published by Anne Fuzeau Productionsand couperinn it is a direct photographic rendition, it obviously reproduces the elegant engraving of the original edition which was supervized by Couperin himself. It was 30 years later that I encountered Couperin seriously again. The experience should enable us to be wary of whatever we read on the page….
Indeed, couperni is said that Louis XIV practised the courante for several hours a day in his youth. Couperin often found that it did not, and became irritated by poor performances of his music. Ther was a wide variety of composers represented, and my only wish was that the volumes were better bound. While it is tic pianistic, here is a version by a man that has obviously looked something close to the original source, and preserved as much of the architecture of the music as he could.
So what score can you reliably play from? 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.
We used to make the various harpsichord volumes of this Le Pupitre series available.
This score shares the neat appearance of the antique Augener edition, but has the advantage of later scholarship and greater accuracy. So I got the scores to all keyboard pieces by Couperin and began reading them.
Revival vs historic ti First go at the historic harpsichord First go at the modern harpsichord Harpsichord editions Music Books.
Angela Hewitt on the music of François Couperin | Music | The Guardian
Many are musical portraits of friends, court acquaintances or the King himself. To fully understand his music, we have to relate it to the manners and habits of the reign of the Sun King, tox most importantly to the dance. A succession of Couperins held the post of organist at the church of Saint-Gervais in Paris for years Instead, we must cross the Channel.
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. Thanks, but no thanks: It serves an expressive purpose, emphasising one note, making you wait for another, all relating once more to gesture and mood. His 27 suites, or ” Ordres ” as he called them, all contain between four and 24 miniatures.
Of all the harpsichord repertoire, the works penned by the French Baroque composers were intrinsically wedded to the instrument. It was a daunting task.
Sentiment rules over thematic discourse. This is an unpardonable negligence, the more so since it is not at all an arbitrary matter to put in what ornaments one wishes. His reasoning was coiperin The music is crisp and clear, almost sparse in appearance on the page without the expressive goop and fingerings of the other versions.