Couperin wanted to hear his music performed with taste, and filled his scores What on earth does Le Tic-Toc-Choc ou les Maillotins mean?. Couperin, F: Pièces de clavecin II: Ordre 6ème in B flat: Les baricades mistérieuses. Couperin, F: Le Tic-Toc-Choc ou Les Maillotins (18e ordre). Alexandre Couperin – Alexandre Tharaud Joue Couperin: Tic, Toc, Choc – Music. Le Tic-Toc-Choc ou Les Maillotins (18e ordre). by Alexandre.

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As a dancer myself throughout my childhood, I am drawn to any music that is dance-like. There is more to it than that, however. A succession of Couperins held the post of organist at the church of Saint-Gervais in Paris for years We used to make the various harpsichord volumes of this Le Pupitre series available.

His reasoning was logical: This scan was made from the facsimile edition published by Anne Fuzeau Productionsand as it is a direct photographic rendition, it obviously reproduces the elegant engraving of the original edition which was tix by Couperin himself.

So what score can you reliably play from? I declare that in my pieces they ought to be played as I have marked them, and that they will never make a certain impression on persons of true taste, unless they have observed to the letter everything that I have marked, without adding or cou;erin anything.

France led the way in dance music, thanks to the operatic ballets composed tc Jean-Baptiste Lully tix performed at Versailles.

Orders, orders

Many musicians, though, would be grateful to have familiar clefs for both hands. They are frequently found on the shelves of musicians, despite their expense, and until a few years ago when playing from facsimile became vogue, this quite fine foc was the only way many composers were available.

Some were obviously pure harpsichord material; others were written for two players at once. Tic toc; an indeclinable and artificial term, which expresses a beating, a reiterated movement, a pulse that beats, a horse that walks, the pendulum of a clock, a hammer that knocks.

I was coming to the end of a complete JS Bach cycle on disc played on the pianoso why not look at the French harpsichordists of the period? Sentiment rules over thematic discourse. For many modern musicians, we can safely return to the French, and use the Heugel Le Pupitre roc, the four Couperin volumes edited in the early s by Kenneth Gilbert.


Harpsichords Australia Home Page. It is also full of wit, charm and humour, and these very French characteristics make it immediately appealing. So he became very scrupulous with his markings, and even published a treatise, L’Art de Toucher le Clavecin The Art of Playing ke Harpsichordthat remains one of the most valuable guides on teaching keyboard skills ever written. Born in Paris inCouperin was a member of a musical dynasty, unique in France and only surpassed in the history of music by the Bach family.

In Couperin, I also find the lyricism and poetry that, as a player, I love to express Les Langueurs-Tendres is a beautiful example of Couperin’s long, expressive lines. Those who have a Harpsichord with only one Manual, or a spinet, will play the upper part as written, and the Bass an octave lower; when the Bass cannot be taken an octave lower, then the upper part will have to be moved up an octave.

One of the best may well be one of the first: One problem facing the modern interpreter is deciphering his ornamentation and tlc and making them work.

I have even heard it explained as “ladies’ underwear” or, to be more precise, “chastity belt”. The two never met, although there is some record of a correspondence which evidently coperin up as jam pot covers, thus lost forever. The clavichord was not terribly popular in France.

The composer kindly refers us to the preface of his third volume of harpsichord pieces for instructions on how to play the piece.

This is an unpardonable negligence, the more so since it is not at all an arbitrary matter to put in what ornaments one wishes. I now perform it often, and plan to record three discs, including eight complete Ordres. This score shares the neat appearance of the antique Augener edition, but has the advantage of later scholarship and greater accuracy.

Ornamentation is the very essence of his music. I find it fascinating how this music obviously influenced Bach, who admired Couperin enough to copy one of his pieces Les Bergeries into a notebook for his wife, Anna Magdalena.


The manager of my record company, the late Ted Perry, suggested I look at his music. Another thing that immediately strikes us when we open a volume of Couperin’s harpsichord pieces is the fanciful use of titles, many of which seem completely baffling. One of his most picturesque compositions is Le Rossignol en Amour The Nightingale in Lovealthough, as another French composer, Olivier Messiaen, an ardent bird-lover, noted: Couperin left no clues and asked to be forgiven for not explaining.

The experience should enable us to be wary of whatever we read on the page….

CBH Technical Library — Resources IV — Different harpsichord editions of Couperin’s Le Tic-toc-choc

The music is crisp and clear, almost sparse in appearance on the page without the expressive goop and fingerings of the other versions. While it is unashamedly pianistic, here is a version by a man that has obviously looked something close to the original source, and preserved as much tid the architecture of the music as he could. My parents, my first teachers, no doubt told me something about him: It takes a long time to absorb it naturally into the interpretation of a piece, let alone to memorise it.

It was 30 years later that I encountered Couperin seriously again. His 27 suites, or ” Ordres ” as he called them, all contain between four and 24 miniatures. Indeed, it is said that Louis XIV practised the courante for several hours a day in his youth. Of all the harpsichord repertoire, the works penned by the French Baroque composers were intrinsically wedded to the instrument.

Revival vs historic harpsichord First go at the cuoperin harpsichord First go at the modern harpsichord Harpsichord editions Music Books.

Instead, we must cross the Channel.