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 Post subject: Re: Couperin - Barricades mistérieuses
PostPosted: Thu Aug 16, 2012 2:04 am 
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I listened to this work constantly when I was a teenager (while playing chess!). The ornaments sound the way I remembered them, though the "bird" ornament just sounds better on a harpsichord.
Very good job; the trill in measure 18 sounds a little uncertain (where does this thing end, exactly? - we all go through it!) but you must already know that.
Thanks for the link to the score!! I had not thought of looking this up before.
As far as playing this on the piano: Why not? Few of us are lucky enough to own a harpsichord.

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 Post subject: Re: Couperin - Barricades mistérieuses
PostPosted: Sun Aug 19, 2012 2:00 am 
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Uh-oh - two comments in a row.
Just tried to play this for the first time. This piece is about 3 times as difficult as it sounds - at least on the piano - because it's so hard to <i>read</i>. :shock:
I now have even more respect for the Couperin crowd.

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 Post subject: Re: Couperin - Barricades mistérieuses
PostPosted: Sun Aug 19, 2012 10:04 am 
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StuKautsch wrote:
This piece is about 3 times as difficult as it sounds - at least on the piano - because it's so hard to <i>read</i>. :shock:

Would be easier to read on another instrument ? :P

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 Post subject: Re: Couperin - Barricades mistérieuses
PostPosted: Sun Sep 16, 2012 5:24 pm 
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Hi Martin,

Nice playing. I would suggest that you sing out the melody a bit more with a bit more defining emotional expression.
Thank you for sharing.

Kaila Rochelle

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 Post subject: Re: Couperin - Barricades mistérieuses
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Thank You, Kaila, that's a good point.


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 Post subject: Re: Couperin - Barricades mistérieuses
PostPosted: Sun Dec 09, 2012 6:40 pm 
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Let's do a topic bump. The admins seem to have missed this post somehow.

This is very well played. The only thing I regret is that IMO the piano sounds rather too deep and heavy for this music. For a Baroque piece it seems written curiously low. I wonder if a bit of bass filter would improve this ? Either way this could surely go on the site if you want.

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 Post subject: Re: Couperin - Barricades mistérieuses
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This piece is harder than it seems, at first; so bravo if you're new to the piano.

Especially since this is harpsichord/clavichord music par excellence, and therefore presents a few hurdles at the piano.

One hurdle is simply the fact that many pianos have much too heavy a bass to carry the music off easily. You've figured out by now that the music sounds VERY different played an octave higher on most pianos. The relevence of the bass (left hand) becomes pretty obvious. It's just a whole lot more rewarding to play an octave higher!! (I'm tempted to do a youtube of it played that way myself, just to make the point---let the listeners suffer!!!)

Angela Hewitt, a Canadian pianist with reasonably good fingers, did an apparently well-known movie version, probably at a Faz, which she says she loves. But it works quite well, because the Faz has quite a bit of inharmonicity in the bass, which makes it more transparently audible against the treb.

Most of us don't have the luxury of playing the Barricades on THAT instrument, but you did a good job with the instrument at hand!!!


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