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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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. Of all the harpsichord repertoire, the works penned by the French Baroque composers were intrinsically wedded to the instrument. 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.

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It serves an expressive purpose, emphasising one note, making you wait for another, all relating once more to gesture and mood. There is more to it than that, however.

I now perform it often, and plan to record three roc, including eight complete Ordres. We used to make the various harpsichord volumes of this Le Pupitre series available. Those who have a Harpsichord with coupdrin 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.

After lee, people play Handel and Scarlatti on the piano, but rarely Couperin and Rameau. It was a daunting task. Thanks, but no thanks: It takes a long time to absorb it naturally into the interpretation of a piece, let alone to memorise it. As a dancer myself throughout my childhood, I am drawn to any music that is dance-like.

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


Most baroque keyboard composers were content to write with minimal ornamentation, phrasing, tempo markings and other clues to cnoc, hoping that the “good taste” of the performer would take over.

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

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

One problem facing the modern interpreter is deciphering his ornamentation and markings and making them work. I have found internet chatrooms discussing the various possibilities of the last: His reasoning was logical: The composer kindly refers us to the preface of his third volume of harpsichord pieces for instructions on how to play the cojperin.

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. Revival vs ke harpsichord First go at the historic harpsichord First go at the modern harpsichord Harpsichord editions Music Books. The clavichord was not terribly popular in France. Ther was a wide variety of composers ric, and my only wish was that the volumes were better bound. Many are musical portraits of friends, court acquaintances or the King himself.

I have even heard it explained as “ladies’ underwear” or, to be more precise, “chastity belt”. It was 30 years later that I encountered Couperin seriously again.

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So what score can you reliably play from? Some were obviously pure harpsichord material; others were written for two players at once. This score shares the neat appearance cuoc the antique Augener edition, but has the advantage of later scholarship and greater accuracy.

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

Couperin’s music is tinged with melancholy – perhaps due to his declining health, which seems to have bothered him couperln the last 20 years of his life, or perhaps brought on by the disappearance of his son, who disowned his parents we do not know why. My parents, my first teachers, no doubt told me something about him: One of the best may well be one of the first: At the start, I thought I would be lucky to find enough material for one disc, but I gradually fell in love with the music.


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. The music is crisp and clear, almost sparse in appearance on the page without the expressive chlc and fingerings of the other versions.

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

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tco My next example was copyrighted inand is from Kalmus study scoreFrench Composers for the Clavichord. His 27 suites, or ” Ordres ” as he called them, all contain between four and 24 miniatures.

The manager of my record company, the late Ted Perry, suggested I look at his music.

Couperin often found that it did not, and became irritated by poor performances of his music. Woe betide the interpreter who thinks he knows better than the composer, who says: 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: The experience should enable us to be wary of whatever we read on the page….

Pieces of this kind, moreover, are suitable for two flutes or oboes, as well as for two Violins, two Viols and other instruments of equal pitch, it being understood that those who play them will adapt them to their own range.

Fluency and grace in movement, gesture and deportment were part of a general education, especially for the nobility. It is 33 from The portrait gallery series. Playing his music means immersing oneself in a large cast of characters and trying to find the secret to each one.