Francois Couperin biography
 

Francois Couperin

Artist: Francois Couperin 
Born:1668, Paris
Died:1733, Paris
Summary:French composer, harpsichordist and organist.
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Francois Couperin Biography


François Couperin (born Paris November 10, 1668 – September 12, 1733 in Paris) was an esteemed French composer in the Baroque style.

He was also known as 'Couperin le Grand' i.e. the Great, to distinguish him from the other talented members of the Couperin family, due to his immense virtuosity on the organ and the harpsichord.

Couperin was first taught by his father and in 1685 became organist at Saint Gervais, Paris, a post he passed on to his cousin Nicolas Couperin. Other members of the family would hold the same position in later years. In 1717, Couperin became the court organist and composer, and gave weekly 'concerts' for King Louis XIV. Many of these 'concerts', as the titles read, were in the form of suites for violin, viol, oboe, bassoon, and harpsichord of which he was a virtuoso player.

His four volumes of harpsichord music contain over 230 individual pieces, which can be played on solo harpsichord or performed as small chamber works. These greatly influenced J.S. Bach and then much later Richard Strauss, as well as Maurice Ravel who memorialized him with Le Tombeau de Couperin (French for 'The Tomb of Couperin').

His most famous book, L'Art de toucher le clavecin (published in 1716), contained executions for fingerings, touch, ornamentation and other features of keyboard technique. It is said to have had a great influence on J.S. Bach.

Many of Couperin's keyboard pieces have evocative picturesque titles and express a mood through key choices, adventurous harmonies and (resolved) discords. These features attracted Richard Strauss, who orchestrated some of them.

Couperin acknowledged his debt to Corelli, whose trio sonata form Couperin introduced to French music. The title of Couperin's grand trio sonata, by which it is best known, is 'The Apotheosis of Corelli' ('l'Apothéose de Corelli'). He tried to mix Italian and French styles in a set of pieces he gave the title les Goûts réunis (the united tastes).



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Pieces En Concert (Violoncelle Et Quatuor A Cordes) (Violoncelle Et Piano). By Francois Couperin (1668-1733) and Paul Bazelaire. For cello and piano. Published by Alphonse Leduc

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Complete Keyboard Works - Series One: Ordres I-XIII By Francois Couperin (1668-1733). For keyboard. Piano Collection. Dover Edition. Baroque. Collection. 238 pages. Published by Dover Publications

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Barricades Mysterieuses (Piano Solo). By Francois Couperin (1668-1733). Editions Durand. SMP Level 9 (Advanced). 4 pages. Editions Durand #DC0384602. Published by Editions Durand

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"Complete Keyboard Works, Series II" "By Francois Couperin (1668-1733). For solo keyboard. Piano Collection. Dover Edition. Classical Period. SMP Level 9 (Advanced). Collection. Introductory text, performance notes and glossary of French terms (does not include words to the songs). 240 pages

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Le Tic Toc Choc (Piano Solo). By Francois Couperin (1668-1733). Editions Durand. 8 pages. Editions Durand #DC0619100. Published by Editions Durand

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The Sigmund Hering Trumpet Course - Book 3 (The Progressing Trumpeter - Book 3). By Francois Couperin Franz Murschhauser. For Trumpet. Classical. Student book. Standard notation. 32 pages. Published by Carl Fischer

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Concert (2 Violoncelles). By Francois Couperin (1668-1733). For 2 cellos. Published by Alphonse Leduc

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Duo In G Major - Score By Francois Couperin (1668-1733). For 2 cello/Viola da Gamba. String Duets. Score. Published by Schott Music

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"PiíÂces de clavecin, Vol. 2 (Nos. 6-12)6Clav. Livre 2" (Piano Solo). By Francois Couperin (1668-1733). Edited by Louis Di_mer. Editions Durand. 146 pages. Editions Durand #DC0638000. Published by Editions Durand

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Lecons de Tenebres 1 Ou 2 Voix "(Soprano/B.Continue/Vle De Gambe/Ption Pties (Lp8)). By Francois Couperin (1668-1733). For 1 or 2 soprano voices, basso continuo, viola da gamba. Score and parts. Published by Heugel & Cie"

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Pieces en Concert ((Violoncelle et Quatuor a Cordes) Ption et Parties). By Francois Couperin (1668-1733). For cello and string quartet. Score and parts. Published by Alphonse Leduc

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Eighteen Selected Pieces "By Francois Couperin (1668-1733). For Harpsichord (or Piano). Dances; Original Works. Baroque, French. Score. Published by Masters Music Publications Inc."

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L'art de toucher le Clavecin By Francois Couperin (1668-1733). For cembalo. Paperback. Edition Breitkopf. 40 pages. Published by Breitkopf and Haertel

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"The Complete Keyboard Works: Book 2, Ordres 6-12" By Francois Couperin (1668-1733). For piano. Piano & keyboard music. Published by Stainer & Bell Ltd.

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Organ Pieces of Francois Couperin By Francois Couperin (1668-1733). Arranged by Felix Alexandre Guilamnt. Schott. 94 pages. Schott Music #ED1878. Published by Schott Music

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Le Rossignol en Amour By Francois Couperin (1668-1733). Schott. 8 pages. Schott Music #ED11699. Published by Schott Music

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"Pieces de Violes Suite, No. 1" (Viole De Gambe). By Francois Couperin (1668-1733). For viola da gamba. Published by Notissimo Editeur

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"Pieces de Violes Suite, No. 2" (Viole De Gambe). By Francois Couperin (1668-1733). For viola da gamba. Published by Notissimo Editeur

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Duo in G Major (Performance Score). By Francois Couperin (1668-1733). Score. Schott. Playing score. 8 pages. Schott Music #ED5491. Published by Schott Music

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