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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)
Title: 18e Ordre For Harpsichord (Pièces De Clavecin, III)
Title: 8e Ordre For Harpsichord (Pièces De Clavecin, II)
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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
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

Disc 1
Disc 2

Comments

there must be reasons why they call him the French bach
yay! no chain this is so scary comments . love this composer
Impressive. Most impressive
I listen to this while i study
Frenchy done good!
nguyenhu
This is a beautiful peace and i am 11
P.S on my dads account
• I have been playing the piano for 3 years and I am lovin it •
rpluta
Really cheerful.
mmmmarilyn
This reminds me very much of a Grieg work or two!?
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.
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
similar to a Nick Drake-tune
Beautiful, elegant, and inspiring.
attleboroboy
Why no image of M. Francois? His face is on the same CD you promote. Let's get it on there! Thanks.
I'm kinda partial to the fiddle myself.
haha j3ziente. i like how it sounds too
j3ziente
I have nothing intelligent to say: I like piano music
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.
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."
One can understand Couperin being thought of as the French Mozart. I do like his Mysterious Barricades.
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.
Wow! Only few people listen to Classics. I agree with u Tony.
Beautiful!
tonyamyounis
I love this! It is beautiful.

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