Couperin, François
Pièces de clavecin. Premier livre for Harpsichord
- First evaluation of an extensive number of sources
- With Couperin’s original expression marks
- Contains optimum page turns
- Notes on performance practice, detailed trilingual Foreword (Fr/Eng) and a Critical Commentary (Eng)
Edition no.
BA10844
ISMN
9790006505616
Volume / Series
BÄRENREITER URTEXT
Editor
Herlin, Denis
Instrumentation of the work
Harpsichord
Language(s) of text
French, English
Product format
Performance score, Anthology, Urtext edition
Instrumentation
Harpsichord
Binding
Paperback
Pages / Format
XXXVI, 128 S. - 31,0 x 24,3 cm
The high point of French clavecin music

The original edition of the first volume of Couperin’s “Pièces de clavecin”(1713), supervised by the composer himself, is noteworthy for its extraordinary notational precision. It contains exacting performance instructions, for which Couperin created his own symbols. This new Urtext edition in a modern engraving retains the essential features of the original print, such as the distinction between curved ties and straight legato slurs, thereby giving today’s players fascinating insights into the special sound of this music.

The editor has, for the first time, closely analysed the various proofs of the original edition, some of which he discovered himself. He lists these alternative readings in the Critical Commentary.
The edition also presents conflicting versions of several pieces as well as an anonymous work possibly attributable to Couperin. A detailed Foreword, notes on period performance practice and facsimile illustrations round off this edition, making it indispensable to all admirers and performers of French clavecin music.
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Press reviews
“Excellent … The preface is particularly notable, and is so comprehensive that it could stand alone as a scholarly article on the subject … The layout of the music is equally praiseworthy … This absence of page turns is a particularly useful feature of these volumes, and is something that no other modern edition has been able to achieve.”
(Mark Kroll, Early Music America, 22.10.2018)

“This new edition is undoubtedly important“
(Consort, Summer 2019)

„In all, Herlin’s edition is an example of a scholarly critical approach guided by a deep understanding of the musical sources and Couperin’s idiosyncratic style. On all counts, it brings us closer to the spirit of Couperin’s music than any previous edition.“
(David Y. S. Chung, Eighteenth-Century Music 2019)
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