Couperin, François
Concerts Royaux for one or two Treble Instruments, Bass Viol, Bassoon and Harpsichord
- First separate Urtext edition of the “Concerts royaux” for chamber ensemble, based on the pioneering new edition of Book III of the “Pièces de clavecin” (BA 10846)
- Preserves essential features of the original notation as well as Couperin’s original embellishment signs
- Notes on historical performance practice, glossary, Couperin’s table of embellishments and symbols (Fr/Eng) and detailed Critical Commentary (Eng)
Edition no.
BA11844
ISMN
9790006574797
Volume / Series
BÄRENREITER URTEXT
Editor
Herlin, Denis
Instrumentation of the work
Harpsichord, Diskantinstrumente, Bassoon, Bassviola
Language(s) of text
French, English, German
Product format
Performance score, Set of parts (2), Anthology, Urtext edition
Instrumentation
Harpsichord, Diskantinstrumente, Bassoon, Bassviola
Binding
Stapled
Pages / Format
XVII, 45/17/17 S. - 31,0 x 24,3 cm
This edition contains Couperin’s four “Concerts royaux”, which were published in 1722 as part of Book III of his “Pièces de clavecin”. For the first time it makes these pieces, scored for chamber ensemble, separately available in an Urtext edition. It is based on the musical text of the solo harpsichord version found in the pioneering new edition of “Pièces de clavecin III” (BA 10846). The editor has painstakingly evaluated the many impressions of the original print, most of which he himself discovered in libraries throughout the world.

The preface (Fr/Eng) contains informative details on historical performance practice and on the conception of the “Concerts royaux”, which Couperin expressly intended to be performed either by solo harpsichord or with accompanying ensemble. The modern engraving preserves essential features of the original print, which largely avoids page-turns within the pieces. It thereby brings today’s players close to the special sound of this music in a fascinating way. Couperin’s table of embellishments and symbols as well as a glossary (Fr/Eng) and a detailed Critical Commentary (Eng) round off this long-overdue Urtext edition.
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