François Couperin

François Couperin Music Recordings and Sheet Music

  • Born
    10th November 1668
  • Died
    11th September 1733
  • Birthplace
    Paris, France

François Couperin was a French Baroque composer, organist and harpsichordist. He was known as Couperin le Grand ("Couperin the Great") to distinguish him from other members of the musically talented Couperin family. Couperin acknowledged his debt to the Italian composer Corelli. He introduced Corelli's trio sonata form to France. Couperin's grand trio sonata was subtitled Le Parnasse, ou L'apothéose de Corelli ("Parnassus, or the Apotheosis of Corelli"). In it he blended the Italian and French styles of music in a set of pieces which he called Les goûts réunis ("Styles Reunited"). His most famous book, L'art de toucher le clavecin ("The Art of Harpsichord Playing", published in 1716), contains suggestions for fingerings, touch, ornamentation and other features of keyboard technique.

Title Form Instrument Ratings
Leçons de ténèbres Etude Voice(s) and Instruments
Élévations et motets Motet Voice(s) and Instruments
L'Art de toucher le clavecin Piano piece Harpsichord
Pièces d'orgue Piano piece Organ
Quatrième livre de pièces de clavecin Piano piece Harpsichord
Sammlung auserlesener Werke für Pianoforte Piano piece Piano
Troisième livre de pièces de clavecin Piano piece Harpsichord
5 Pièces de Clavecin Piece Harpsichord
La Sultanne Piece Chamber group
L'Apothéose de Lully Piece Chamber group
Second Book of Harpsichord Pieces Piece Harpsichord
Laudate pueri Sacred Mass Chamber group
Secular Vocal Works Song Cycle Voice(s) and Instruments
Concerts royaux Suite Open Instrumentation
First book of Harpsichord pieces Suite Harpsichord
Harpsichord pieces Suite Piano
Harpsichord suite no. 24 Suite Piano
Les goûts-réunis, ou Nouveaux concerts Suite Chamber group
Les Nations Suite Chamber group