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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So he became very scrupulous with his tic, and even published a treatise, L’Art de Toucher le Clavecin The Art of Playing the Harpsichordthat remains one of the most valuable guides on teaching keyboard skills ever written. As a dancer myself throughout my childhood, I am drawn to any music that is dance-like.

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. I now perform it often, and plan to record three discs, including eight complete Ordres. 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.

It is also douperin of wit, charm and humour, and these very French characteristics make it immediately appealing.

Couperin left no clues and asked to be forgiven for not explaining. Instead, we must cross the Channel. 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.

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Sentiment rules over thematic discourse. 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: Many are musical portraits of friends, court acquaintances or the King himself.

The manager of my record company, the late Ted Perry, suggested I look at his music. His 27 suites, or ” Ordres ” as he called ,e, all contain between four and 24 miniatures. 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.


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

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

So I got the scores to all keyboard pieces by Couperin and began reading them. Indeed, it is said that Louis XIV practised the courante for several hours a day in his youth. 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.

Many musicians, though, would be grateful to have familiar clefs for both hands. A succession of Couperins held the post of organist at the church of Saint-Gervais in Paris for years 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.

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 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.

Troisième livre de pièces de clavecin (Couperin, François)

It is 33 from The portrait gallery series. My next example was copyrighted inand is from Kalmus study scoreFrench Composers for the Clavichord.

Edited by Brahms and Chrysander, this scan was made from the Augener edition, first published aboutand frequently reprinted. At the start, I thought I would be lucky to cjoc enough material for one disc, but I gradually fell in love with the music. On the piano this is even more difficult because its action is more cumbersome than the harpsichord’s.

This is an unpardonable negligence, the more so since it is not at all an arbitrary matter to put in what ornaments one wishes. 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.

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. Another thing that immediately coupegin us when we open a volume of Couperin’s harpsichord pieces is the fanciful use of titles, many of which seem completely baffling. Harpsichords Australia Home Page. One of the best may well be one of the first: The music is crisp and clear, almost sparse in appearance on the page without the expressive goop and fingerings of the other versions.


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. Some were obviously pure harpsichord material; others were written for two players at once. This score shares the neat appearance of the antique Augener edition, but has the advantage of later scholarship and greater accuracy.

It was a daunting task. Others, such as Les Moissonneurs The Reapers hark back to his rustic xouperin. The two never met, although there ciuperin some record of a correspondence which evidently ended up as jam pot covers, thus lost forever. Ther was a wide variety of composers represented, and my only wish was that the volumes were better bound. My parents, my first teachers, no doubt told me something about him: I have found internet chatrooms discussing the various possibilities of the last: It was 30 years later that I encountered Couperin seriously again.

Couperin often found that it did not, and tix irritated by poor performances of his music. The clavichord was not terribly popular in France. Ornamentation is the very essence of his music.

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’. The experience should enable us to be wary of whatever we read on the page….

5 Pièces de Clavecin (Couperin, François)

His reasoning was logical: 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. It serves an expressive purpose, emphasising couperij note, making you wait for another, all relating once more to gesture and mood. Tic toc; an indeclinable and artificial term, which expresses a beating, a reiterated movement, a pulse that beats, a chhoc that walks, the pendulum of a clock, a hammer that knocks.

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