^ Back to Top
^ Back to Discography
Classical Music Home

The World's Leading Classical Music Group

Email Password  
Not a subscriber yet?
Keyword Search
in
 

FRANCOIS COUPERIN  

(1668 - 1733)

François Couperin, known as le grand to distinguish him from an uncle of the same name, was the most distinguished of a numerous family of French musicians, officially succeeding his uncle and father as organist of the Paris church of St Gervais when he was 18. He enjoyed royal patronage under Louis XIV and in 1693 was appointed royal organist and, belatedly, royal harpsichordist. As a keyboard player and composer he was pre-eminent in France at the height of his career. He died in Paris in 1733.

Church Music

Couperin composed church music for the Royal Chapel under Louis XIV. The surviving Leçons de ténèbres are possibly the best example of this form of composition—settings of the Lamentations of Jeremiah for the Holy Week liturgy. The first two of the three are for soprano solo and continuo (the vocal part of the second pitched slightly lower than that of the first), and the third is for two sopranos and continuo.

Chamber Music

Couperin’s chamber music includes L’Apothéose de Lully (‘The Apotheosis of Lully’), a tribute to the leading composer in France in the second half of the 17th century, Jean-Baptiste Lully. A tribute to the Italian composer Corelli, L’Apothéose de Corelli, is part of a larger collection of ensemble pieces under the title Les Goûts réunis (‘Tastes United’). It was an exploration of the rival French and Italian tastes in music, a quarrel in which Couperin remained neutral. The Concerts royaux represent another important element in Couperin’s music for instrumental ensemble.

Harpsichord Music

Couperin’s compositions for the harpsichord occupy a very important position in French music. His 27 suites, most of them published between 1713 and 1730, contain many pieces that are descriptive in one way or another. These richly varied suites, or ordres, represent the height of Couperin’s achievement as a composer and arguably that of the French harpsichord composers.

Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
A LA DECOUVERTE DU CLASSIQUE Naxos
8.550037-38
Instrumental
A TO Z OF CLASSICAL MUSIC (The) (2nd Expanded Edition, 2000) Naxos Educational
8.555319-20
Chamber Music
Cello Recital: Walz, John - MARTINU, B. / VIVALDI, A. / COUPERIN, F. (A Tribute to Pierre Fournier) Yarlung Records
YAR96337
Concertos
Chamber Music - COUPERIN, F. / DOLLE, C. / LECLAIR, J.-M. / BOISMORTIER, J.B. de (The Trio Sonata in 18th-Century France) (London Baroque) BIS
BIS-CD-1855
Chamber Music
Chamber Music - COUPERIN, F. / LECLAIR, J.-M. / BOISMORTIER, J.B. de / ANGLEBERT, J.H. d' / MOREL, J. (Les gouts-reunis) Ondine
ODE721-2
Chamber Music
Chamber Music - TELEMANN, G. / BACH, J.S. / COUPERIN, F. / BACH, J.C.F. (Bach's Circle) Delos
DE3214
Chamber Music
Chamber Music (Baroque) - LULLY, J.-B. / COUPERIN, F. / MARAIS, M. / REBEL, J.-F. / RAMEAU, J.-P. / LECLAIR, J.M. (A French Soiree) (Trio Settecento) Cedille
CDR90000-129
Chamber Music
Chamber Music (French) - MARAIS, M. / RAMEAU, J.-P. / LALANDE, M.-R. de (Musik in Versailles) (Trio Marie-Antoinette) Campanella Musica
C130090
Chamber Music, Concertos
Classical Music Start-Up Kit, Vol. 1: 1500-1825 Naxos Educational
8.550779
Instrumental
COUPERIN / LALANDE: Lecon de Tenebres BIS
BIS-CD-1575
Choral - Sacred
COUPERIN, F. : Suites for Harpsichord Nos. 22, 23, 25 and 26 Naxos
8.550462
Instrumental
COUPERIN, F.: Concerts royaux (Rufa, Pandolfo, Allessandrini) Tactus
TC660301
Chamber Music
COUPERIN, F.: Concerts Royaux: Concerto No. 3 / Nouveaux concerts: Concerto No. 9, "Ritratto dell'Amore" (Rufa, Pandolfo, Allesandrini) Tactus
TB660302
Chamber Music
COUPERIN, F.: Messe a l'usage ordinaire des paroisses / BALBASTRE, C.: A la venue de Noel (Noehren) Delos
DE3046
Instrumental
COUPERIN, F.: Music for Harpsichord, Vol. 1 Naxos
8.550961
Chamber Music, Instrumental, Chamber Music
COUPERIN, F.: Music for Harpsichord, Vol. 2 Naxos
8.550962
Chamber Music, Instrumental
COUPERIN, F.: Organ Masses Naxos
8.557741-42
Instrumental
COUPERIN, F.: Organ Masses (Complete) (Tibbles) Paladino Music
PMR0020
Instrumental
COUPERIN, F.: Pieces de clavecin, Books 3 and 4 (excerpts) Naxos
8.550461
Instrumental
COUPERIN, F.: Pieces de violes avec la basse chifree: Suites Nos. 1 and 2 / Pieces de Clavecin: 27th Ordre (Perkola, Hakkinen) Naxos
8.570944
Chamber Music, Instrumental
COUPERIN, F.: Suites for Harpsichord Nos. 6, 8 and 11 Naxos
8.550460
Instrumental
COUPERIN: Apotheoses BIS
BIS-CD-1275
Chamber Music
COUPERIN: Magnificat / Lecons de Tenebres BIS
BIS-CD-1346
Choral - Sacred
COUPERIN: Pieces de clavecin BIS
BIS-CD-559
Instrumental
COUPERIN: Sultane (La) / MOZART: Ein musikalischer Spass BIS
BIS-CD-134
Chamber Music
DIAMOND, D.: Concert Piece / TOURNIER, M.: 2 Preludes romantiques / SAINT-SAENS, C.: Fantaisie in A Major (Sounds of the Seine) (Glorian Duo) Delos
DE3143
Chamber Music
DISCOVER CLASSICAL MUSIC Naxos
8.550008-09
Instrumental
Discover Music of the Baroque Era Naxos Educational
8.558160-61
Instrumental
DISCOVER THE CLASSICS, VOL. 1 Naxos Educational
8.550035-36
Instrumental
FRENCH ORGAN MUSIC BIS
BIS-CD-7
Instrumental
Grand Tour (Trio Settecento) (4-CD Box Set) Cedille
CDRBOX1002
Chamber Music
Harp Recital: Hofmann, Marion – HANDEL, G.F. / BACH, C.P.E. / SPOHR, L. / SAINT-SAENS, C. / TOURNIER, M. / SALZEDO, C. / BRITTEN, B. Capriccio
C10165
Instrumental
HARPSICHORD (Eternal) Naxos
8.572184
Instrumental
Harpsichord Recital: Tiensuu, Jukka - COUPERIN, F. / SCARLATTI, D. / KOUNEVA, P. / TIENSUU, J. / SALMENHAARA, E. / CAGE (The Frivolous Harpsichord) Ondine
ODE891-2
Instrumental
Harpsichord Recital: Vinikour, Jory - HANDEL, G.F. / BACH, J.S. / RAMEAU, J.P. / SCARLATTI, D. / COUPERIN, L. / COUPERIN, F. Delos
DE3354
Instrumental
HISTORY OF THE ORGAN - Vol. 1. Latin Origins (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
102111
Classical Documentary
HISTORY OF THE ORGAN (4 DVD set) (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
107508
Classical Documentary
LANDOWSKA, Wanda: Dances of Ancient Poland (1946, 1951) Naxos Historical
8.111055
Instrumental
LEGATO - THE WORLD OF THE PIANO - PONTINEN, Roland: Listening to Yourself (NTSC) EuroArts
2055768
Classical Documentary
LEGATO - THE WORLD OF THE PIANO (4-DVD Box Set) (NTSC) EuroArts
2059848
Classical Documentary
Music of The COUPERINS - Harpsichord BIS
BIS-CD-982
Instrumental
Organ Recital: Questa, Giorgio - From Frescobaldi to Brahms (A Homage to Giorgio Questa and His Portable Pipe Organ) Dynamic
CDS687
Instrumental
PIANO MUSIC FOR STUDENTS - Associated Board Piano Examination, Grades 1-7 (1994) Marco Polo
AB-80101
Instrumental
Piano Recital: Cziffra, Gyorgy - LISZT, F. / BACH, C.P.E. / COUPERIN, F. / SCARLATTI, D. (Cziffra in Prague, 1955) ICA Classics
ICAC5008
Instrumental
SOKOLOV, Grigory: Live in Paris (NTSC) Ideale Audience
3073888
Classical Concert
TRIO SONATA IN 17th-CENTURY FRANCE BIS
BIS-CD-1465
Chamber Music
UNGER-HAMILTON, C.: Discover Music of the Baroque Era (Unabridged) Naxos AudioBooks
NA495912
Instrumental
VIRTUOSO CELLO MUSIC BIS
BIS-CD-224
Concertos
VISEE, R. de: Suites (Imamura) Capriccio
C10464
Instrumental
Vocal Recital (Baroque): Kirkby, Emma (The Artistry of Emma Kirkby) BIS
BIS-CD-1734-35
Choral - Sacred
WOMEN AT THE PIANO - AN ANTHOLOGY OF HISTORIC PERFORMANCES, Vol. 1 (1926-1952) Naxos Historical
8.111120
Instrumental
WOMEN AT THE PIANO - AN ANTHOLOGY OF HISTORIC PERFORMANCES, Vol. 2 (1926-1950) Naxos Historical
8.111121
Instrumental
World of Early Music Naxos
8.554770-71
Instrumental
ZILBERQUIT, Julia: 3 Centuries of Bagatelles Naxos
8.570237
Instrumental




 
 
  View Albums
 
 




 Tell a Friend |  Bookmark this page Digg It |  Bookmark this page Del.icio.us. |  Add to Facebook Facebook |  FURL FURL |  Add to MySpace MySpace |  Stumbleupon StumbleUpon |  Twitter Twitter

Famous Composers Quick Link:
Bach | Beethoven | Chopin | Dowland | Handel | Haydn | Mozart | Glazunov | Schumann | R Strauss | Vivaldi
1:44:33 AM, 20 December 2014
All Naxos Historical, Naxos Classical Archives, Naxos Jazz, Folk and Rock Legends and Naxos Nostalgia titles are not available in the United States and some titles may not be available in Australia and Singapore because these countries have copyright laws that provide or may provide for terms of protection for sound recordings that differ from the rest of the world.
Copyright © 2014 Naxos Digital Services Ltd. All rights reserved.     Terms of Use     Privacy Policy
-208-
Classical Music Home
NOTICE: This site was unavailable for several hours on Saturday, June 25th 2011 due to some unexpected but essential maintenance work. We apologize for any inconvenience.