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Couperin - 4eme Ordre des Pièces de Clavecin

Discussion in 'Submission Room' started by Francois de Larrard, Sep 3, 2017.

  1. Francois de Larrard

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    Dear All,
    Another Ordre of François Couperin to close the week-end ! This one is quite short (only 4 pieces), all in Fmajor and quite joyful. I enjoyed recording them on the harpsichord.

    1. La Marche des Gris-vêtus (the March of the Gris-vêtus or Gray-clad regiment)
    This march is quite parodic. I am playing in unequal eighth notes.

    2. Les Bacchanales: Enjouements Bacchiques, Tendresses Bachiques, Fureurs bacchiques (The Bacchanales: Bacchic Revels, Bacchic Caresses, Bacchic Frenzies)
    This piece dedicated to Bacchus, the god of the vine, the feast and the wine. Hence it is a small suite in the suite, with three parts of various movements. The middle one (in F minor) is quite exquisite (to my taste). The last one starts in minor mode, but eventually comes back to the original F major: Bacchus' furor does not last long, provided he gets good wine !

    3. La Pateline (The Wheedler or Patelin's Piece)
    "Patelin" means sugary or disingenuous, but I don't fine these feelings really illustrated by the music which is just fresh and nice.

    4. Le Réveil-matin (The Alarm Clock)
    This famous one uses alternatively to both hands an octave battery which evoques a clock.

    Thanks for listening and commenting !
     

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    I listened to these at the weekend and honestly thought I had replied! You definitely have an affinity for this genre. It's not really my area of piano-playing, but your performances of Couperin are consistently persuasive.
     
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    Francois de Larrard Administrator Staff Member Piano Society Artist

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    Thank you very much Andrew. I failed to convert Chris Breemer to Couperin (Chris never forgot to tell me how insensitive it was to this music in spite of my efforts), but I am pleased to know that a great romantic as you can be at least slightly peaked by this apparently light and superficial music...
     

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