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François Couperin

November 10, 1668 - September 11, 1733
born in Paris, France, composed during the Baroque period
François Couperin (1668-1733) was a major French composer of the Baroque era and the most significant member of the musical Couperin family. A leading exponent of organ and harpsichord teaching in his day, he is best remembered for his Pièces de clavecin, published in four books. Couperin wrote more than 220 keyboard compositions that were often witty character studies that featured elements of the French and Italian styles. Appointed organist to the Royal Chapel by Louis XIV, Couperin also composed sacred music, including motets and other vocal works of a non-liturgical nature, and probably provided concert music for performances at Versailles. ~ Blair Sanderson, Rovi
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Couperin: Concerts Royaux

Title: Premier Concert, For Harpsichord (Or Violin, Flute, Oboe, Viol & Bassoon) In G Major (Concerts Royaux)
Title: Deuxième Concert, For Harpsichord (Or Violin, Flute, Oboe, Viol & Bassoon) In D Major (Concerts Royaux)
Title: Troisième Concert, For Harpsichord (Or Violin, Flute, Oboe, Viol & Bassoon) In A Major (Concerts Royaux)
Title: Quatrième Concert, For Harpsichord (Or Violin, Flute, Oboe, Viol & Bassoon) In E Minor (Concerts Royaux)
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Track List: Couperin: Keyboard Music, Vol. 1

Title: 6e Ordre For Harpsichord (Pièces De Clavecin, II)

1. 6e Ordre For Harpsichord (Pièces De Clavecin, II): Les Moissonneurs

2. 6e Ordre For Harpsichord (Pièces De Clavecin, II): Les Langueurs-tendres

3. 6e Ordre For Harpsichord (Pièces De Clavecin, II): Le Gazouillement

4. 6e Ordre For Harpsichord (Pièces De Clavecin, II): La Bersan

5. 6e Ordre For Harpsichord (Pièces De Clavecin, II): Les Baricades Misterieuses

6. 6e Ordre For Harpsichord (Pièces De Clavecin, II): Les Bergeries

7. 6e Ordre For Harpsichord (Pièces De Clavecin, II): Le Commere

8. 6e Ordre For Harpsichord (Pièces De Clavecin, II): Le Moucheron

Title: 18e Ordre For Harpsichord (Pièces De Clavecin, III)

9. 18e Ordre For Harpsichord (Pièces De Clavecin, III): La Verneuille

10. 18e Ordre For Harpsichord (Pièces De Clavecin, III): La Verneuillete

11. 18e Ordre For Harpsichord (Pièces De Clavecin, III): Soeur Monique

12. 18e Ordre For Harpsichord (Pièces De Clavecin, III): Le Turbulent

13. 18e Ordre For Harpsichord (Pièces De Clavecin, III): L'attendrissante

14. 18e Ordre For Harpsichord (Pièces De Clavecin, III): Le Tic-toc-choc Ou Les Maillotins

15. 18e Ordre For Harpsichord (Pièces De Clavecin, III): Le Gaillard-boiteux

Title: 8e Ordre For Harpsichord (Pièces De Clavecin, II)

16. 8e Ordre For Harpsichord (Pièces De Clavecin, II): Le Raphaele

17. 8e Ordre For Harpsichord (Pièces De Clavecin, II): Allemande: L'ausoniene

18. 8e Ordre For Harpsichord (Pièces De Clavecin, II): Premiere Courante

19. 8e Ordre For Harpsichord (Pièces De Clavecin, II): Seconde Courante

20. 8e Ordre For Harpsichord (Pièces De Clavecin, II): Sarabande: L'unique

21. 8e Ordre For Harpsichord (Pièces De Clavecin, II): Gavotte

22. 8e Ordre For Harpsichord (Pièces De Clavecin, II): Rondeau

23. 8e Ordre For Harpsichord (Pièces De Clavecin, II): Gigue

24. 8e Ordre For Harpsichord (Pièces De Clavecin, II): Passacaille

25. 8e Ordre For Harpsichord (Pièces De Clavecin, II): La Moriente

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Track List: Couperin: Music For 2 Harpsichords, Vol. 2

Title: Quatrième Concert, For Harpsichord (Or Violin, Flute, Oboe, Viol & Bassoon) In E Minor (Concerts Royaux)
Title: La Françoise (La Pucelle), For 2 Violins & Continuo (Les Nations)

2. La Françoise (La Pucelle), For 2 Violins & Continuo (Les Nations): I. Gravement

Title: Allemande à Deux Clavecins, For 2 Harpsichords (Pièces De Clavecin, II, 9e Ordre)
Title: La Muséte De Taverni, For Harpsichord (Pièces De Clavecin, III, 15e Ordre)
Title: L'impériale, For 2 Violins & Continuo (Les Nations)

16. L'impériale, For 2 Violins & Continuo (Les Nations): IX. Courante

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Track List: Couperin: Music for Harpsichord, Vol. 1

Title: 1ère ordre for harpsichord (Pièces de clavecin, I)
Title: Premier Concert, For Harpsichord (Or Violin, Flute, Oboe, Viol & Bassoon) In G Major (Concerts Royaux)
Title: Deuxième Concert, For Harpsichord (Or Violin, Flute, Oboe, Viol & Bassoon) In D Major (Concerts Royaux)
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Track List: Couperin: Organ Masses

Disc 1
Title: Mass For The Parishes (Messe Des Paroisses), For Organ

1. Mass For The Parishes (Messe Des Paroisses), For Organ: Kyrie. Plein Chant Du Premier Kyrie En Taille

2. Mass For The Parishes (Messe Des Paroisses), For Organ: Kyrie. Fugue Sur Les Jeux D'anches: 2e Couplet

3. Mass For The Parishes (Messe Des Paroisses), For Organ: Kyrie. Récit De Chromhorne: 3e Couplet

4. Mass For The Parishes (Messe Des Paroisses), For Organ: Kyrie. Dialogue Sur La Trompette Et Le Chromhorne: 4e Couplet

5. Mass For The Parishes (Messe Des Paroisses), For Organ: Kyrie. Plein Chant: 5e Et Dernier Couplet

6. Mass For The Parishes (Messe Des Paroisses), For Organ: Gloria. Plein Chant: Et In Terra Pax

7. Mass For The Parishes (Messe Des Paroisses), For Organ: Gloria. Petite Fugue Sur Le Chromhorne: 2e Couplet Du Gloria

8. Mass For The Parishes (Messe Des Paroisses), For Organ: Gloria. Duo Sur Les Tierces: 3e Couplet

9. Mass For The Parishes (Messe Des Paroisses), For Organ: Gloria. Dialogue Sur Les Trompettes, Clairon Et Tierces Du Grand Clavier Et Le Bourdon Avec Le Lari

10. Mass For The Parishes (Messe Des Paroisses), For Organ: Gloria. Trio à Dessus De Chromhorne Et La Basse De Tierce: 5e Couplet

11. Mass For The Parishes (Messe Des Paroisses), For Organ: Gloria. Tierce En Taille: 6e Couplet

12. Mass For The Parishes (Messe Des Paroisses), For Organ: Gloria. Dialogue Sur La Voix Humaine: 7e Couplet

13. Mass For The Parishes (Messe Des Paroisses), For Organ: Gloria. Dialogue En Trio Du Cornet Et De La Tierce: 8e Couplet

14. Mass For The Parishes (Messe Des Paroisses), For Organ: Gloria. Dialogue Sur Les Grands Jeux: Dernier Couplet

15. Mass For The Parishes (Messe Des Paroisses), For Organ: Offertoire. Sur Les Grands Jeux

16. Mass For The Parishes (Messe Des Paroisses), For Organ: Sanctus. Plein Chant Du Premier Sanctus En Canon

17. Mass For The Parishes (Messe Des Paroisses), For Organ: Sanctus. Récit De Cornet: 2e Couplet

18. Mass For The Parishes (Messe Des Paroisses), For Organ: Benedictus. Chromhorne En Taille

19. Mass For The Parishes (Messe Des Paroisses), For Organ: Agnus Dei. Plein Chant Du Agnus Dei En Basse Et En Taille Alternativement

20. Mass For The Parishes (Messe Des Paroisses), For Organ: Agnus Dei. Dialogue Sur Les Grands Jeux: 3e Couplet De L'agnus

21. Mass For The Parishes (Messe Des Paroisses), For Organ: Deo Gratias

Disc 2
Title: Mass For The Convents, For Organ
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Track List: François Couperin: Chamber Music (Complete) [Box Set]

Disc 1
Title: La Françoise (La Pucelle), For 2 Violins & Continuo (Les Nations)
Title: L'Espagnole (La Visionnaire), For 2 Violins & Continuo (Les Nations)
Disc 2
Title: L'impériale, For 2 Violins & Continuo (Les Nations)
Title: La Piémontoise (L'Astrée), For 2 Violins & Continuo (Les Nations)
Disc 3
Title: Premier Concert, For Harpsichord (Or Violin, Flute, Oboe, Viol & Bassoon) In G Major (Concerts Royaux)
Title: Deuxième Concert, For Harpsichord (Or Violin, Flute, Oboe, Viol & Bassoon) In D Major (Concerts Royaux)
Title: Troisième Concert, For Harpsichord (Or Violin, Flute, Oboe, Viol & Bassoon) In A Major (Concerts Royaux)
Title: Quatrième Concert, For Harpsichord (Or Violin, Flute, Oboe, Viol & Bassoon) In E Minor (Concerts Royaux)
Disc 4
Title: Cinquième Concert, For Various Instruments In F Major (Les Goûts Réunis)
Title: Sixième Concert, For Various Instruments In B Flat Major (Les Goûts Réunis)
Title: Septième Concert, For Various Instruments In G Minor (Les Goûts Réunis)
Title: Huitième Concert Dans Le Goût Théatral, For 2 Instruments & Continuo In G Major (Les Goûts Réunis)
Disc 5
Title: Neuvième Concert Intitulé Ritratto Dell' Amore, For Various Instruments In E Major (Les Goûts Réunis)
Title: Dixième Concert, For Various Instruments In A Minor (Les Goûts Réunis)
Title: Onzième Concert, For Various Instruments In C Minor (Les Goûts Réunis)
Title: Douzième Concert, For 2 Viols (or Other Instruments) In A Major (Les Goûts-réunis)
Title: Treizième Concert, For 2 Instruments In G Major (Les Goûts Réunis)
Title: Quatorzième Concert, For Various Instruments In D Minor (Les Goûts Réunis)
Disc 6
Title: Le Parnasse, Ou L'Apothéose De Corelli, Trio Sonata For 2 Violins & Continuo (Les Goûts Réunis)
Title: L'Apothéose De Lully, For Various Instruments & Continuo
Disc 7
Title: La Sultane, For 2 Violins & Continuo
Title: La Superbe, For 2 Violins & Continuo
Title: La Steinquerque, Trio Sonata For 2 Violins & Continuo
Title: Suite 1, For Viola Da Gamba & Continuo (Pièces De Viole)
Title: Suite 2, For Viola Da Gamba & Continuo (Pièces De Viole)
Title: Le Rossignol-vainqueur, For Harpsichord (Pièces De Clavecin, III, 14e Ordre)
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Track List: François Couperin: Keyboard Music, Vol. 2 [Hybrid SACD]

Title: 25e Ordre For Harpsichord (Pièces De Clavecin, IV)
Title: 21e Ordre For Harpsichord (Pièces De Clavecin, IV)
Title: 24e Ordre For Harpsichord (Pièces De Clavecin, IV)
Title: 26e Ordre For Harpsichord (Pièces De Clavecin, IV)
Title: 27e Ordre For Harpsichord (Pièces De Clavecin, IV)
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Track List: François Couperin: Les Concerts Royaux

Title: Concerts Royaux, For Harpsichord Or Violin, Flute, Oboe, Viol & Bassoon (Troisième Livre De Pièces De Clavecin)
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Track List: Henri Du Mont - Motets En Dialogue

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benjamincask e y 0 2
I don't have anything to say about couperin
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highphlyer8
BRAVO!
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To know God is to know Love... And Life in all its manifestatio n s is God. In life there are two basic drives or forces, that of life versus death; Thanatos vs. Eros; or, biophilia v. necrophilia. Tragically, there are lovers of death, their dictum being, 'Long live death & destruction! ' ; and, conversely, those that are biophilious, lovers of life, & are high functioning in the scale of life - enhancing meaningfully enriching values which cultivate Love, Light, Joy, Strength, Goodwill...
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Holy Spirit come enrich and enliven us ever-more forever and ever. As we’re cohesively integrating and unifying body-mind-sp i r i t ad infinitum… When we are attuned to the Higher Power we’re integrated and unified in a Holy Alliance in unitive consciousnes s w/ the spirit of God. We’re filled to the brim and become empowered to change at the depths of being-becomi n g w/ Being…
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they were from the same era?
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there must be reasons why they call him the French bach
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yay! no chain this is so scary comments . love this composer
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Impressive. Most impressive
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I listen to this while i study
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Frenchy done good!
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nguyenhu
This is a beautiful peace and i am 11
P.S on my dads account
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mattsegel
• I have been playing the piano for 3 years and I am lovin it •
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rpluta
Really cheerful.
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mmmmarilyn
This reminds me very much of a Grieg work or two!?
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Very inspiring I love this song! As a piano player for 12 years (I'm only 16) I love being able to hear the passion.
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I can very well immagine that in the three hundred or so years of intense classical composition that there were a great number of composers that came and have faded into the mists of time. Francois Couperin is one that I have certainly not heard of before. Well deserved obscurity is an interesting and workable concept. DMB
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similar to a Nick Drake-tune
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Beautiful, elegant, and inspiring.
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attleboroboy
Why no image of M. Francois? His face is on the same CD you promote. Let's get it on there! Thanks.
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I'm kinda partial to the fiddle myself.
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haha j3ziente. i like how it sounds too
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j3ziente
I have nothing intelligent to say: I like piano music
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It is interesting that Couperin in some of his works merged the French and Italian styles. I can't help thinking of Francois Premier who loved the Italian arts, and imported much of that influence into the French court and culture.
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I applaud the phrase "well deserved obscurity" describing much 20th-century music. Remember that Twain said that "Wagner's music is better than it sounds."
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One can understand Couperin being thought of as the French Mozart. I do like his Mysterious Barricades.
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Couperin is practically pre-classica l and a gem of the Baroque era's keyboard artistry on the harpsichord. And as with many things of beauty and quality, how many or how few listen is not the measure of worth, but rather how sublimely beautiful his works are, and how they have survived into the 21st Century when so much of 20th Century music will vanish into a well-deserve d obscurity.
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Wow! Only few people listen to Classics. I agree with u Tony.
Beautiful!
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tonyamyounis
I love this! It is beautiful.

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