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Main Author: Couperin, François, 1668-1733.
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Main Author:Couperin, François, 1668-1733.
Uniform Title:Harpsichord music

"His melodic imagination displays admirable freshness. He possesses a delicate harmonic sense. His themes show the inspirations of an impassioned musician: perfectly created, firm in line, vivid, and enduring in color. His art never wavers; it consistently exhibits a magnificent technique." -- John Gillespie, Five Centuries of Keyboard Music
This famous edition, prepared a century ago by Johannes Brahms and Friedrich Chrysander, presents all of the 27 keyboard suites, or Ordres, by the great French composer Fran#65533;ois Couperin (1668--1733). Also included are the Allemande and 8 Preludes from Couperin's famous harpsichord treatise, L'Art de Toucher le Clavecin .
In these magnificent works (there are over 200 compositions in the two volumes) lies the supreme achievement of French keyboard music, a rich source of subtle, sometimes startling, always pleasurable music for keyboard artists and students at every level of expertise. The moods, rhythms, and melodies of these distinctive compositions range across a broad musical spectrum, from crisp gavottes to noble sarabandes, from flowing allemandes to lively gigues. Some of the pieces suggest carnival merriment, others tender reflection; most have colorful and mysterious names. Couperin's virtuoso command of harpsichord style, his magnificent technique, and ever-fresh melodic imagination pervade them all.
Witty, graceful, and tuneful, the keyboard works of Couperin represent a wonderful legacy of late-baroque masterpieces. Beautifully reproduced in this inexpensive edition, they make abundantly clear the justice of Bach's intense admiration for Couperin's music and the aptness of the French master's surname -- "le grand."

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General Notes:Reprint: Pièces de clavecin / composées par François Couperin ; revues par J. Brahms & F. Chrysander. London : Augener, 1888 (1st work); L'art de toucher le clavecin / François Couperin ; Margery Halford, editor and translator. Sherman Oaks, Calif. : Alfred Pub. Co., 1974 (2nd work).
Physical Description:2 v. of music. ; 28 cm.
ISBN:0486257959 (v. 1)
0486257967 (v. 2)