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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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. Couperin often found that it did not, and became irritated by poor performances of his music. It was 30 years later that I encountered Couperin seriously again. The music is crisp and clear, almost sparse in appearance on the page without the expressive goop and fingerings of the other versions.

Troisième livre de pièces de clavecin (Couperin, François)

Fingerings are kindly provided in the usual manner 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.

The composer kindly refers us to the preface of his third volume of harpsichord pieces for instructions on how to play the piece. Most baroque keyboard composers were content to write with minimal ornamentation, phrasing, tempo markings and other clues to interpretation, hoping that the “good taste” of the performer would take over. The experience should enable us to be wary of whatever we read on the page….

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? Revival vs historic harpsichord First go at the historic harpsichord First go at the modern harpsichord Harpsichord editions Music Books. As a dancer myself throughout my childhood, I am drawn to any music that is dance-like.

I have even heard it explained as “ladies’ underwear” or, to be more precise, “chastity belt”. They are frequently found on the shelves of musicians, despite their expense, and until a few years ago when playing from facsimile became vogue, this quite fine edition was the only way many composers were available. Woe betide the interpreter who thinks he knows better than the composer, who says: Sentiment rules over thematic discourse.


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.

Indeed, it is said that Louis XIV practised the courante for several hours a day in his youth. Ther was a wide variety of composers represented, and my only wish was that the volumes were better bound.

Harpsichords Australia Home Page. The two never met, although there is some record of a correspondence which evidently ended couoerin as jam pot covers, thus lost forever. Many are musical portraits of friends, court acquaintances or the King himself. Another thing that immediately strikes us when we open a volume of Couperin’s harpsichord pieces is the fanciful use of titles, many of which seem completely baffling.

His 27 suites, or ” Ordres ” as he xhoc them, all contain between four and 24 miniatures. 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. Couperin’s music is tinged with melancholy – perhaps due to his declining health, which seems to have bothered him for the cohperin 20 years of his life, or perhaps brought on by the disappearance of his son, who disowned his parents we do not know why.

So he couprein very scrupulous with his markings, and even published a treatise, L’Art de Toucher le Clavecin The Art of Playing the Harpsichordthat remains one of the most valuable guides couperun teaching keyboard skills ever written. It serves an expressive purpose, emphasising one note, making you wait for another, all relating once more to gesture and mood.

Edited by Brahms and Chrysander, this scan was made from the Augener edition, first published aboutand frequently reprinted.

So I got the scores to all keyboard pieces by Couperin and began reading them.


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

While it is unashamedly 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.

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.

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.

One of the best may well be one of the first: Of all the harpsichord repertoire, the works penned by the French Baroque composers were intrinsically wedded to the instrument. 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.

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 couperrin was supervized by Couperin himself.

For many modern musicians, we can safely return to the French, and use the Heugel Le Pupitre series, the cjoc Couperin volumes edited in the early s by Kenneth Gilbert.

Fluency and grace in movement, gesture and deportment were part of a general education, especially for the nobility. 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. One problem facing the modern interpreter is deciphering his ornamentation and markings and making them work. France led the way in dance music, thanks to the operatic ballets composed by Jean-Baptiste Lully and performed at Versailles.

Couperi was a daunting task. Ornamentation is the very essence of tof music.