By Francois Couperin
"His melodic mind's eye monitors admirable freshness. He possesses a fragile harmonic experience. His subject matters express the inspirations of an impassioned musician: completely created, enterprise in line, shiny, and enduring in colour. His artwork by no means wavers; it continuously shows a powerful technique." — John Gillespie, Five Centuries of Keyboard Music
This recognized version, ready a century in the past via Johannes Brahms and Friedrich Chrysander, offers all the 27 keyboard suites, or Ordres, through the nice French composer François Couperin (1668–1733). additionally integrated are the Allemande and eight Preludes from Couperin's well-known harpsichord treatise, L'Art de Toucher le Clavecin.
In those wonderful works (there are over 2 hundred compositions within the volumes) lies the splendid success of French keyboard track, a wealthy resource of sophisticated, occasionally startling, regularly pleasant song for keyboard artists and scholars at each point of craftsmanship. The moods, rhythms, and melodies of those unique compositions variety throughout a extensive musical spectrum, from crisp gavottes to noble sarabandes, from flowing allemandes to energetic gigues. the various items recommend carnival merriment, others gentle mirrored image; so much have colourful and mysterious names. Couperin's virtuoso command of harpsichord variety, his extraordinary method, and ever-fresh melodic mind's eye pervade them all.
Witty, sleek, and tuneful, the keyboard works of Couperin characterize an excellent legacy of late-baroque masterpieces. superbly reproduced during this reasonably cheap variation, they make abundantly transparent the justice of Bach's excessive admiration for Couperin's tune and the aptness of the French master's surname — "le grand."
Note: sequence includes Ordres 14–27 plus eight Preludes and Allemande from L'Art de Toucher le Clavecin.
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Complete Keyboard Works, Series Two: Ordres XIV-XXVII and Miscellaneous Pieces (Dover Music for Piano) by Francois Couperin