Couperin, Rameau and the French Harpsichordists

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Couperin, Rameau and the French Harpsichordists

Post by lebowl » Fri Dec 04, 2009 12:29 am

I hope there is no thread on these composers so far.
The specific piece I am looking for is Rameau's Les Sauvages. If anyone could post this it would be greatly appreciated.

I find pieces like the ones below totally captivating and beautiful. Obviously some pianists play this music since there are some Youtube performnces, but I cannot remmeber hearing a single piece by either of these composers in a live recital.

Any thoughts why this is the case?

Couperin:The Mysterious Barricades played by Tharaud:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDavx0ey ... re=related

Sokolov plays Couperin: Le Tic Toc Choc
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=glg99Zc0JjU

Tharaud plays Le Tic Toc Choc with interesting video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Va54RvJM7Fc

Petrov plays Couperin:Les Carillons
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XHr_tOb0O5E

Sokolov plays Rameau: Les Sauvages
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_HZl0qHU ... re=related

Gilels plays Rameau: La Rappel de Oiseaux
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ZX_rkCJb2U

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Re: Couperin and Rameau

Post by ilu » Fri Dec 04, 2009 1:42 am

Here it is:

...From the Nouvelles Suites de Clavecin...
J_P-Rameau-Sauvages.pdf
(nms)

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Re: Couperin and Rameau

Post by rob » Fri Dec 04, 2009 7:30 am

We should include other French composers from the period in this thread - Lully, Duphly, Daquin, Leclair, etc etc, so I will be looking to adjust the thread title. I have no expertise in this area though, so need advice. Any suggestions? Maybe 'Couperin, Rameau and the French Baroque'? Thanks.

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Re: Couperin, Rameau and the French Harpsichordists

Post by fredbucket » Fri Dec 04, 2009 9:27 am

rob wrote:Maybe 'Couperin, Rameau and the French Baroque'? Thanks.
Close.

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Re: Couperin, Rameau and the French Harpsichordists

Post by lebowl » Fri Dec 04, 2009 4:14 pm

ilu wrote:Here it is:

...From the Nouvelles Suites de Clavecin...

(nms)

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Thanks! Does anyone have a sheet or internet link for the correct way to play the ornaments in Rameau?

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Re: Couperin, Rameau and the French Harpsichordists

Post by fredbucket » Sat Dec 05, 2009 2:15 am

lebowl wrote:
ilu wrote:Thanks! Does anyone have a sheet or internet link for the correct way to play the ornaments in Rameau?
I'm including the complete Nouvelles Suites here
Rameau - Nuovelles Suites de Clavecin.pdf
- there is a section on ornaments in the preface.

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Re: Couperin, Rameau and the French Harpsichordists

Post by ilu » Sat Dec 05, 2009 2:51 am

Fred:

Besides the Section on Ornaments in the preface, I suggest to Lebowl “L’ Art de Toucher le Clavecin” by Couperin, from IMSLP. http://imslp.org/wiki/L%27Art_de_Touche ... %C3%A7ois)

Thank you for the extraordinary album.

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Mod edit: I have replaced Ilu's upload with the IMSLP link. FB
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Re: Couperin, Rameau and the French Harpsichordists

Post by Timtin » Fri Feb 17, 2012 6:59 pm

This file was supposed to be available from today on IMSLP, but as yet it
doesn't seem to be in the public domain, so here it is instead.
Despite the title, I've used this thread since I bought it as a keyboard work
(which is exactly how it appears on the page), and because it may attract
more attention here than tucked away in the chamber music section.
Blavet 6 Flute Sonatas Op2.pdf
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Re: Couperin, Rameau and the French Harpsichordists

Post by Jean-Séb » Sat Feb 18, 2012 1:06 pm

Thank you. How does it sound when you play it on the piano ? In fact the "left hand" is clearly figured bass which would require development for the layman like myself.

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Re: Couperin, Rameau and the French Harpsichordists

Post by Timtin » Sat Feb 18, 2012 4:18 pm

All I do is try to play the notes printed, although it does get more tricky
when the C clef crops up. Variety of sound can also be achieved, if you
have a Yamaha keyboard in harpsichord mode sitting on the ordinary piano.
One hand on one, and the other on the other, produces quite a nice sound.

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