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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After all, people play Handel and Scarlatti on the piano, but rarely Couperin and Rameau. Harpsichords Australia Home Page.

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. The two never met, although there is some record of a correspondence which evidently ended up as jam pot covers, thus lost forever. So I got the scores to all keyboard pieces by Couperin and began reading them. Many musicians, though, would be grateful to have familiar clefs for both hands.

I have found internet chatrooms discussing the various possibilities of the last: Couperin left no clues and asked to be forgiven for not explaining. My parents, my first teachers, no doubt told me something about him: Fluency and grace in movement, gesture and deportment were part of a general education, especially for the nobility.

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.

CBH Technical Library — Resources IV — Different harpsichord editions of Couperin’s Le Tic-toc-choc

Couerin reasoning was logical: Others, such as Les Moissonneurs The Reapers hark back to his rustic origins. Most baroque keyboard composers were content to write with minimal ornamentation, phrasing, tempo markings and couoerin clues to interpretation, hoping that the “good taste” of the performer would take over.


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. There is more to it than that, however. 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.

couperih This is an unpardonable negligence, the more so since it is not at all an arbitrary matter to put in what ornaments one wishes. For many modern musicians, we can safely return to the French, and use the Heugel Le Pupitre series, the four Couperin volumes edited in the early s by Kenneth Gilbert.

As a dancer myself throughout my childhood, I am drawn to any music that is dance-like. 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.

On the piano this is even tox difficult couperon its action is more cumbersome than the harpsichord’s. One problem facing the modern interpreter is deciphering his ornamentation and markings and making them work.

5 Pièces de Clavecin (Couperin, François)

Playing his music means immersing oneself in a large cast of characters and trying to find the secret to each one. Fingerings are kindly provided in the usual chooc as though we are not capable or intelligent enough practices to decide our own, and there is the usual expressive goop that pianists seem to have trouble living without.

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: We used to make the various harpsichord volumes of this Le Pupitre series available.


The manager of my record company, the late Ted Perry, suggested I look at his music. It serves an expressive purpose, emphasising one note, making you wait for another, all relating once more to gesture and mood.

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?

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 cgoc the letter everything that I have marked, without adding or subtracting anything. The clavichord was not terribly popular in France. His 27 suites, or ” Ordres ” as he called them, all contain between four and 24 miniatures.

Indeed, it is said that Louis XIV practised the courante for several hours a day in his youth.

Woe betide the interpreter who thinks he knows better than the composer, who says: 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.

Instead, we must cross the Channel. Many are musical portraits of friends, court acquaintances or the King himself.

So what score can you reliably play from? It is also full of wit, charm and humour, and these very French characteristics make it immediately appealing. Another thing that immediately strikes us when we open a volume of Couperin’s harpsichord pieces is the fanciful use of titles, many of itc seem completely baffling.