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FRANÇOIS 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
BEST OF IDIL BIRET - Selections from The Complete Studio Recordings (6-CD Box Set) Idil Biret Archive
8.506035
Instrumental
BOISMORTIER, J.B. de: Bassoon Concerto, Op. 21 / COUPERIN, F.: Concerto for 2 Bassoons (Zukerman, Gode, Faerber) Turnabout
3037100042
Concerto
Cello Recital: Starker, Janos - BACH, C.P.E. BOCCHERINI, L. / VIVALDI, A. JANSON, J.-B.-A.-J. / COUPERIN, F. (Concerto Collection) Delos
DE3197
Concerto
Cello Recital: Walz, John - MARTINU, B. / VIVALDI, A. / COUPERIN, F. (A Tribute to Pierre Fournier) Yarlung Records
YAR96337
Concerto
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) - COUPERIN, F. / HOTTETERRE, J.-M. / LULLY, J.-B. / MARAIS, M. / MONTÉCLAIR, M.P. de (Inner Chambers) (Les Ordinaires) Naxos
8.573814
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 Baroque) - COUPERIN, F. / SAINTE-COLOMBE, J. / MARAIS, M. / BOISMORTIER, J. / CHARPENTIER, M. (Oberlin Baroque Ensemble) Vox Box
CD3X-3006
Concerto, Chamber Music, Concerto, Chamber Music, Concerto, Chamber Music, Concerto, 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, Concerto, Chamber Music
Classical Music Start-Up Kit, Vol. 1: 1500-1825 Naxos Educational
8.550779
Instrumental
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, Concerto, Chamber Music, Concerto, Chamber Music, Concerto, Chamber Music, Concerto, Chamber Music, Concerto
COUPERIN, F.: Concerts Royaux: Concerto No. 3 / Nouveaux concerts: Concerto No. 9, "Ritratto dell'Amore" (Rufa, Pandolfo, Allesandrini) Tactus
TB660302
Concerto, Chamber Music, Concerto, Chamber Music, Concerto, Chamber Music, Concerto, Chamber Music
COUPERIN, F.: Messe à l’usage ordinaire des paroisses’ / LIDHOLM, I.: Variazioni sopra laudi (Welin) Proprius
PROP9914
Instrumental
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, Instrumental, Chamber Music, Instrumental, Chamber Music, Instrumental
COUPERIN, F.: Music for Harpsichord, Vol. 2 Naxos
8.550962
Instrumental, Chamber Music, Instrumental, Chamber Music, Instrumental, Chamber Music, Instrumental, Chamber Music, Instrumental, Chamber Music
COUPERIN, F.: Nations (Les) (Juilliard Baroque) Naxos
8.573347-48
Chamber Music
COUPERIN, F.: Organ Masses Naxos
8.557741-42
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
Instrumental, Chamber Music, Instrumental, Chamber Music, Instrumental, Chamber Music, Instrumental
COUPERIN, F.: Suites for Harpsichord Nos. 6, 8 and 11 Naxos
8.550460
Instrumental
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
Flute and Harp Recital: Shulman, Suzanne / Goodman, Erica - ALWYN, W. / CHAUSSON, E. / COUPERIN, F. / ELGAR, E. (Serenades and Sonatas) Naxos
8.573947
Chamber Music
FRIEDMAN, I.: Piano Transcriptions (Banowetz) Grand Piano
GP712
Instrumental
Grand Tour (Trio Settecento) (4-CD Box Set) Cedille
CDRBOX1002
Chamber Music
Guitar Recital: Jara, Xavier - CASTELNUOVO-TEDESCO, M. / COUPERIN, F. / DOWLAND, J. / RAWSTHORNE, A. / BOGDANOVIĆ, D. / ASSAD, S. / COLLINS, J.D. Naxos
8.573797
Instrumental
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: Hroch, Martin - COUPERIN, L. / RAMEAU, J.-P. / ROYER, J.N.P / STORACE, B. / FRESCOBALDI, G.A. / KOŽELUCH, L. ArcoDiva
UP0207
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
LANDOWSKA, Wanda: Dances of Ancient Poland (1946, 1951) Naxos Historical
8.111055
Instrumental
Organ Recital: Lee, Jung-A - GILBERT, A.K. / BOVET, G. / VIERNE, L. / COUPERIN, F. / WAMMES, A. (A Private Organ Recital in Walt Disney Concert Hall) Yarlung Records
YAR77215
Instrumental
Organ Recital: Questa, Giorgio - From Frescobaldi to Brahms (A Homage to Giorgio Questa and His Portable Pipe Organ) Dynamic
CDS687
Instrumental
Organ Recital: Raml, Franz - BACH, J.S. / COUPERIN, F. / DAVIDE da BERGAMO / LEFEBURE-WELY, L.-J. / RHEINBERGER, J.G. (Rot an der Rot) Oehms Classics
OC414
Instrumental
Oud and Harpsichord Recital: Abado, Marwan / Gulda, Paul - ABADO, M. / COUPERIN, F. / BACH, J.S. (Path of Love) Gramola Records
Gramola99105
Instrumental
PIANO MUSIC FOR STUDENTS - Associated Board Piano Examination, Grades 1-7 (1994) (Jandó) 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
Piano Recital: Gulda, Friedrich - BEETHOVEN, L. van / BACH, J.S. / SCHUBERT, F. / COUPERIN, F. (The Stuttgart Solo Recitals) (1966-1979) SWR Classic
SWR19081CD
Instrumental
Piano Recital: Kempff, Wilhelm - RAMEAU, J.-P. / COUPERIN, F. / HANDEL, G.F. / MOZART W.A. / BEETHOVEN, L. van (Schwetzinger Festspiele Edition, 1962) SWR Classic
CD93.720
Instrumental
Piano Recital: Kempff, Wilhelm - RAMEAU, J.-P. / COUPERIN, F. / HANDEL, G.F. / MOZART W.A. / BEETHOVEN, L. van (Schwetzinger Festspiele Edition, 1962) SWR Classic
SWR19412CD
Instrumental
Recorder Recital: Schneider, Michael - (French Recorder Music, Vol. 1) Capriccio
C10828
Chamber Music
Recorder Recital: Schneider, Michael - HANDEL, G.F. / TELEMANN, G.P. / BARSANTI, F. / SCARLATTI, A. / SAMMARTINI, G. / MANCINI, F. / CASTRUCCI, P. Capriccio
C49550
Chamber Music
SCHUMANN, R.: Piano Music / Piano Concerto, Op. 54 / Piano Quintet (Biret Schumann Edition) (Biret, Wit, Borusan Quartet) (8-CD Box Set) Idil Biret Archive
8.508016
Instrumental
UNGER-HAMILTON, C.: Discover Music of the Baroque Era (Unabridged) Naxos AudioBooks
NA495912
Instrumental
VISEE, R. de: Suites (Imamura) Capriccio
C10464
Instrumental
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




 
 
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