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The Mysterious Barricades

The Mysterious Barricades

from "Pièces de clavecin", Vol. 2, Ordre No. 6


  • Instrumentation: harpsichord (piano)
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Alongside Chambonnières and Rameau, François Couperin was a leading French composer and harpsichordist of his time. 'Pièces de clavecin' is his best known composition, consisting of 27 suites called 'Ordres'. 'Les Barricades mystérieuses' is a rondo with three episodes or verses between which alternates the constantly recurring refrain. Instead of a melody, one can hear powerful, continuously broken syncopated harmonies. This kind of setting is reminiscent of the style of French lute music with a majestic character, yet without being ponderous. This relatively easy piece features only a few simple ornaments and is therefore particularly suitable for interpretations on the modern piano.

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Difficulty: easy to intermediate
Publisher: SCHOTT MUSIC GmbH & Co KG, Mainz (001)
Series: Edition Schott - Single Edition
Year of composition: 1716
page number: 8
Delivery rights: worldwide

Alongside Chambonnières and Rameau, François Couperin was a leading French composer and harpsichordist of his time. 'Pièces de clavecin' is his best known composition, consisting of 27 suites called 'Ordres'. 'Les Barricades mystérieuses' is a rondo with three episodes or verses between which alternates the constantly recurring refrain. Instead of a melody, one can hear powerful, continuously broken syncopated harmonies. This kind of setting is reminiscent of the style of French lute music with a majestic character, yet without being ponderous. This relatively easy piece features only a few simple ornaments and is therefore particularly suitable for interpretations on the modern piano.

Difficulty: easy to intermediate
Publisher: SCHOTT MUSIC GmbH & Co KG, Mainz (001)
Series: Edition Schott - Single Edition
Year of composition: 1716
page number: 8
Delivery rights: worldwide